Info & Events
Details of the February Meeting
here to do something about the Tax on Pipe Tobacco.
here to do something about the MA TAX on Tobacco.
More New Members
Can you believe it.... we have more new members!!!
a reminder right up front, the March meeting
is your last opportunity to pay your yearly dues
and get a savings of $30. Dues for anyone who
has not yet paid will be $5 per meeting starting in April and
any unpaid dues for January and February will be due also.
We all enjoyed another great meeting in February but then again,
how can you expect anything else with a room full of pipe smokers.
Unfortunately, the mood was dampened for a time with talk of more
tobacco legislation particularly the proposed taxes on pipe tobacco
across America and the proposal of additional taxes on tobacco
right here in Massachusetts. I can't urge you enough to do
your part and write your congressmen. Emails are ok, letters
and calls are better. I heard one person say he faxes all his
letters to his Congressman which seems to be a fairly easy and
painless option if you have access to a fax machine.
we have Mike
who came last month and was back again
in February to make it official. Mike was born and raised in Franklin,
MA. He's a trained jazz guitarist who works at a medical device
company during the day and plays guitar and smokes a pipe at night.
Mike says..., "I've always been an avid cigar smoker, when
I saw Lord of the Rings I decided to buy a cheap drugstore pipe
and some Captain Black and give the pipe a try. In spite of that
experience, I soldiered on and found better pipes and tobacco, and
thankfully the SHPC. I'm still in search of the Holy Grail of tobacco
and I'm having a lot of fun looking."
we have Ron
. Ron is a student of Middlesex Community
College, in Bedford, enrolled in their Engineering Science transfer
program. Ron says..., "Not long after turning 18 I tried
smoking a pipe and cigars, and while I enjoyed both, I had difficulty
with the pipe without other knowledgeable pipe-smokers to guide
me. Recently I met members of the SHPC, on campus (Steve and Derek),
who helped me learn how to pack and smoke a pipe."
also met us at CB Perkins and joined our meeting and in a follow
up email said..., "Thanks for a nice time at the meeting
– it was a pleasure meeting you all. Pipe smoking really is
a hobby, not a habit, and it’s nice to find a forum in which
to learn more about the “art and craft." I look forward
to seeing you all again at another meeting!"
A Series on Pipe Smoking's Nostalgic Past
Member Ernie Whitenack has offered to write a series of articles
about the "better days"
of pipe smoking as remembered
by him. We hope you enjoy these stories and look forward to them
in future editions of the SHPC Gazette.
As I attempt to get this old brain into high gear and pull out
memories long ago backed-up to some far corner, I get snippets
of events that rapidly pop in and out. So, I must step back a
bit and relate a couple if things that recently emerged.
When thinking of Grandpa Newt and his matches I remembered that
there were two types of kitchen matches, one with white tips and
one with blue. Both were "strike anywhere" and I mean
anywhere. I've seen matches struck with a thumbnail while being
held in the same hand, struck on teeth, the bottom of a shoe,
on a jacket zipper and naturally any rough surface handy. Grandpa
Newt, and many others, preferred the back of the leg. The knee
was lifted to bring the thigh to a horizontal position and the
match was dragged over the taut fabric from the base of the buttock
to almost the knee. It was a common sight to see a light colored
line running down the back of a man's dark trouser leg. However,
this practice was put aside when wearing one's best attire.
Better Days, Getting Better
I recently recieved an email from J.R., a gentleman interested
in joining the club. Unfortunately, we realize that the commute
would be a bit too much for him seeing that he lives in Bremerton,
WA. Since I enjoyed a year or so in Bremerton during my Navy days,
we exchanged a few emails about life back then. As it turns out,
I discovered that J.R. would probably have a lot more in common
with Ernie since they both remember all the same Presidents. He
also agreed to contribute a tale or two of his own better days
of pipe smoking that I plan to include in a future edition of
the Gazette. Thanks for the contribution J.R., it was very nice
chatting with you.
& Tobacco News & Info
Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em,
Because Cigar Taxes Could Light Up
BOSTON — Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em,
because before too long you may not be able to afford ‘em.
Cigars that is — havanas, coronas, belevederes, or,
as the late George Burns famously enjoyed (at least 10 times
a day), good ol’ El Productos.
Under Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed 2011 budget, the
excise tax on cigars would skyrocket from 30 percent to 110
percent. (A similar increase, from 30 to 120 percent, would
affect pipe tobacco; from 90 to 110 percent for chewing tobacco.)
to an excellent audio report about this proposed tax increase
that includes a short interview with Steve Willet from Peretti's
CAO and Dunhill Tobaccos
International Pipe Smoking Day
Have you been hearing the same rumors I've been hearing? That
CAO is going to start reproducing the Dunhill tobacco line.
If you want to find out the answer, all you have to do is
visit PipesMagazine.com and read the interview they had with
Tim Ozgener, President of CAO International. He has all your
The Third Annual International Pipe Smoking Day was
this past Saturday, March 20th. Did you do anything to celebrate?
I don't know about you but every day is pipe smoking day for
me. I hope you enjoyed it.
Websites Worth a Look
has a New Website
United Pipe Clubs of America has just launched a new state-of-the-art
website for membership organizations.
It features online membership applications and renewals
as well as event registrations and payments. There is even a
Donation facility for clubs, businesses and individuals to assist
our efforts finanancially.
Members can now login and maintain their own profile which appears
in the members directory. The profile includes Club Contact
person, Meeting information, Club News and Photo albums. Help
us spread the word. For those of you with websites, please add
a link to UPCA.
Month's Tobacco Raffle
This month we'll try a couple of Orientals from McLelland.
Classic Samsun (50g) Tin
the hinterlands just south of the Black Sea in Eastern Turkey,
these prized Oriental tobaccos draw their sweet, nutty flavor
from the rocky soil as they have done for 350 years. Enjoy
the distinctive, mellow, pleasant character of the famed
Samsun in this fine blend.
Yenidje Supreme (50g) Tin
finest of Xanthi in this blend comes from the best original
Yenidje growing area of Western Thrace. These small, delicately
aromatic top leaves from the mountains (Djebel) and lower
slopes (Yaka) have been renowned for their sweet, mild flavor
and delicately tangy aroma since the 1600s. This blend is
designed to demonstrate why this particular Xanthi is known
as "The Queen of Tobaccos."
Hey Single Malt Scotch fans, the event of the year is about to take
place. On March 6th, 2010 at Luke's
Liquors in Rockland, MA they are having their yearly whiskey
tasting. Not only do they have about 90 single malts to try, they
also have Irish Whiskey, Bourbon and more. The sampling goes from
1pm - 3pm and the cost is $5 (but they didn't make us pay last year).
You also get a tasting glass to take home with you. So if you are
on a quest to find your next favorite Scotch, you won't want to
miss this. P.S. Don't forget to eat a good lunch before you go.