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Club Info & Events

Details of the February Meeting
Since our February meeting was cancelled due to yet another winter storm (let's hope were done with all of that for this year) we have no details from the February meeting. But even though the club didn't meet we still have a number of pipe and tobacco related items to talk about and some of it is pretty exciting.

2009 Club Dues are Due this Month
Club dues of $30 is due this month. This is a $30 dollar savings so don't miss out.

2009 SHPC Club Pipe by Rad Davis
Dock Perry continues to show his dedication to our club by securing the commission of SHPC 2009 Club Pipe to another great pipe artisan of our time. Rad Davis has graciously agreed to create the 09 club pipe and what a beauty it is. Just look at the deep craggy blast on this pipe. It's absolutely phenomenal.Click here for a closer look. The pipes should be completed by the end of the summer and we hope to distribute them at the September meeting.
Readers of the Gazette! SHPC members have already claimed their pipes however two additional club pipes will be made available to our readers on a "first come, first serve" basis. If you are interested in purchasing one of these fine specimens of pipeware send us an email before the April Gazette comes out. Don't let this chance slip away to add the 2009 SHPC Club Pipe by Rad Davis to your collection.

Coming Soon to a Pipe Bowl Near You
Two New SHPC Club Blends - The Game is Afoot!
Once again our own Dock Perry puts his passion into action and gets the ball rolling for the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club's latest adventure. Look out Seattle Pipe Club... SHPC is on your heels with two new tobacco blends expertly crafted by the blending master himself, Russ Oulette of PipesandCigars.com. Russ, an avid Sherlock Holmes fan himself has created these two delicious new blends with Arthur Conan Doyle's famous adventures in mind. These new blends will soon be sought after by pipe smokers and Sherlock Holmes fans everywhere.
The first blend "Great Hiatus," represents the three year period Holmes was presumed dead at Reichenbach Falls but triumphantly returned in the Adventure of the Empty House. It also refers to the momentary respite you'll take from every day life. This English blend of Virginias, Orientals and plenty of Latakia is reminiscent of the early Dunhill blends but even better. Don't believe it... wait and see for yourself.
The next blend simply called "VR," represents the monogram for Victoria Regina, queen of England which Holmes adorned his wall with during some indoor revolver practice at his rooms in Baker St. It also stands for "Virginia Rich," a pressed blend of bright,stoved and red Virginias with a touch of unflavored Cavendish. This blend has already become one of my favorites and may soon be one of yours. So stay tuned right here for the announcement of when these blends will be available to the public exclusively from pipesandcigars.com.

Second Batch of the SHPC 08 Club Pipe Finalized
Well we received enough interest to be able to place another order of the 2008 SHPC Club Pipe. This will be the last order for the 08 pipe. We plan to have more of these available in the future however, they will only have SHPC on the shank. Thanks to all of you who helped make this possible. We look forward to this pipe one day becoming a collector's item.
We'll try to get these pipes in the mail to you by the end of March. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks to artist Larry Gosser for the fine artwork he created for our club logo. It makes for a damn fine pipe.
Upcoming Events - A Talk on Sasieni Pipes
Don't forget! This month Steve Smith, current L.J. Peretti's employee & former SHPC Secretary will be attending our meeting to entertain us with his knowledge of Sasieni Pipes. Steve, whose article "Connecting the Dots: A Concise History of the Sasieni Pipe" was published in Pipe Friendly Magazine, has become quite the authority on Sasieni Pipes over the years and his collection of well over 100 pipes is a testament to his passion. We hope you'll join us.

Member Contributions
Puff the Magic - Hyannis, MA
 by Horace Harker
In the October 2008 Gazette, Dock Perry wrote about his adventures on Cape Cod and his time spent at a smoking lounge in Hyannis MA called Puff the Magic. This past Valentine's weekend my wife and I spent some time on the Cape so we made a point to stop by. As you enter the lounge a Grand player piano is the center of attraction. Behind it a beautiful bar of rich dark wood. To the left and right are three separate seating areas with leather chairs, flat screen tvs and plenty of tables for drinks, ashtrays and snacks. Bookshelves held a variety of books and games like cribbage and backgammon. The walls and ceiling were decorated in warm comfortable prints and patterns. The lounge is geared towards cigar smokers but the lounge's sign says it all and all are welcome. Although I had a pipe in the car I decided to smoke a cigar so I went into the humidor to pick one out. I wasn't extremely impressed with their selection of cigars but I found one I liked and made my purchase along with a cold glass of Magic Hat ale. We had one of the seating areas to ourselves so I sat down and prepared my cigar for enjoyment. Once we were settled in the proprietor came by with snack try of Cape Cod chips, popcorn and pretzel snacks. I thought this was a nice touch. My wife and I played a game each of Backgammon and Cribbage and she seemed very pleased with her surroundings. This turned out to be a good thing because we ended up back here the following evening and spent an enjoyable hour with a fellow pipe smoker from the Hudson Valley area. I have him some info about the Hudson Valley Pipe Club and told him of our adventures at the Kaywoodie Holiday Party. I hope he contacts them and we have the opportunity to meet again next December.
So I highly recommend that anyone spending some time on Cape Cod make a stop at Puff the Magic and enjoy a peaceful hour or two in some very smoker friendly surroundings.

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

International Pipe Smoking Day
I can't believe I let this date slip by me when posting last month's newsletter. A major faux pas on my part and I apologize. For those of you who don't know (and I doubt there are many, if any of you), February 20th was International Pipe Smoking Day. a day to "celebrate the noble art of pipe-smoking and the noble spirit which pervades the brother/sisterhood of the briar." As much as I love the idea and purpose of this day it often struck me odd that they chose to celebrated it during one of the coldest months of the winter. I think it would be much better suited for a day in late spring when more bothers of the briar could take to the streets and mingle amongst the less enlightened masses of our great cities. A whiff of sweet aroma to turn their thoughts from meetings, paperwork and deadlines to fond thoughts of loved ones and carefree times that are all but memories now.
This past February 20th I was surprised and shocked to find, that instead the usual negative articles about tighter smoking regulations and third hand smoke, the Wall Street Journal had a more favorable article about pipe smokers. Here's an excerpt from the article written by Mary Pilon:
"No one tracks how many young men and women are pipe smokers. But sales of pipe tobacco are rising again after years of decline, and many think young smokers are the reason. U.S. sales of pipe tobacco plummeted to 4.9 million pounds in 2006, from 52 million pounds in 1970, says Norman Sharp, president of the Cigar Association of America. Sales climbed to 5.3 million pounds in 2008. Pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco sales are on the rise, offsetting over a decade of decreases in cigarette sales."
Our good friend Vernon Vig from the NY Pipe club was also quoted in the article. This is a must read so be sure to do it now before it's no longer available online and be sure to print a copy for scrap book. It may be a long time coming before you see one of these again.
                                    Read the full article here

Other News & Information for smokers:

Websites Worth A Look

Dog Watch Cigar Radio
On a recent episode of Dog Watch Cigar Radio I surprisingly won a signed box of Escencia Cigars from a contest I had entered. Not only did I win the cigars, I was able to meet Marc Aub, one of the owners of Escencia Cigars, when I picked them up at the Mohegan Sun Casino in CT. To make it even better (if you're a glutton for punishment) I was also invited to guest host on one of their shows. That show aired on Feb 5th and I had a great time talking with Bob and Dale about cigars, pipes and the Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club. They've been doing this show for three years and are now so technically advanced that they air their show live and in video on Stickam every Friday night. The show generally last from 2-2.5 hrs and we had some slight technical difficulties but Bob and Dale made me feel right at home which made it much easier to relax and enjoy the show.
If you are so inclined, please feel free to take a listen. Grab a pipe or maybe in this case, a cigar and kick back for a couple of hours of great smoke filled entertainment (from Bob and Dale that is). You can find that show here.
If you'd like to catch the next live show visit Dog Watch Cigar Radio on Fridays at 9:00 PM EST and click on the red "Friday Night Live" logo in the middle of the page. If you have a web cam you may even be able to show your face and join in the chat.
                                                          [check it out]

This Month's Tobacco Raffle
For this month's raffle we have a third blend from the Seattle Pipe Club and a blend that has a 4 star rating from tobaccoreviews.org.

Seattle Pipe Club's Seattle Evening (50g)
This English/Oriental has an exotic twist added by a McClelland Tobacco secret ingredient and has been perfectly reproduced by McClelland for the Seattle Pipe Club. Rich, smoky, spicy, luxurious. The result is layers of flavors that are way out of the ordinary.

Robert McConnell's Scottish Cake (50g)
Produced from a mixture of Eastern Carolina, Kentucky and Middle Belt Virginias that are pressed for a week and coarse cut. It has to rest for some days until it has hardened.

This is a great pipe video taken in Boston. There is a short segment that I would rate PG13 and not completely sure what to make of it but it's worth a watch anyway.


Kahn's Korner

So much news, so little time and space.

First, congrats to Rick Frederics on his recent birthday. Last month, when we missed the meeting, Rick was celebrating his birthday. I'll be nice and not tell you which birthday, but let's just say he'll not see 21 again anytime soon. Unless he's checking out the coeds at school. So Nelson, Tony, Tim and I stopped by the restaurant where his family organized a surprise party for him. We presented him with a bottle of Glen Fiddich, because it rhymes with Frederics. Ok, that was a lie. We just knew he likes scotch. There were about 40 people there, and the food was good.

Second. Thinking about spring, and it being just around the korner (sic). Talk has been about taking a road trip in early-mid May to Gillette Castle in Conn. to visit the man who helped make Sherlock Holmes famous while using the wrong type of pipe. As we all know, Sherlock never used a Calabash in any of his stories. At any rate, several of us thought of it as a alternate to descending on a smoke shop...again.

Third, and this is further into the future.... The 2011 Club Pipe. I have contacted Stanwell, and they forwarded me this as a possible pipe:

He wrote: It is a Sixten Ivarsson design and I am able to finish 10-12 high grade pipes

Hmmmmm..... Let's talk.


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