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March 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 7:00 PM or meet early at
C.B. Perkins at 5PM or Chinatown at 6PM
Cobb's Corner, Canton

Club Info & Events

Details of the February Meeting
Just 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.

Click here to do something about the Tax on Pipe Tobacco.
Click here to do something about the MA TAX on Tobacco.

More New Members
Can you believe it.... we have more new members!!!

First 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."

Next 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."

Patrick 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!"
Better Days
A Series on Pipe Smoking's Nostalgic Past

                                                    By Ernie Whitenack

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.
                                                                          [Read More...]

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.

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em,
Because Cigar Taxes Could Light Up

— 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.)     [Read More]

Listen to an excellent audio report about this proposed tax increase that includes a short interview with Steve Willet from Peretti's [Listen Now]

CAO and Dunhill Tobaccos
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 answers.
                                                     [Read the Interview]

International Pipe Smoking Day
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.
Other News & Information for smokers:

Websites Worth a Look

UPCA has a New Website
The 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.
[Check Us Out]
This Month's Tobacco Raffle
This month we'll try a couple of Orientals from McLelland.

Classic Samsun (50g) Tin
In 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
The 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."

Upcoming Events
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.

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