We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Sharon, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 6:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.


Club Info & Events

President's Message

Hey Guys, (and Gals I know there is a couple of you out there)

First off let me say I am sorry for not being able to attend last months meeting. I don’t get sick very often but, when I do I am down for at least 3 or 4 days. It was nothing less than my yearly bout with bronchitis. Some orange juice a “Z-Pack” and a few bowls of aged Virginia.., I am good as new.
The pipe of the year looks awesome! I was able to see it via Facetime as well as a proof for a club pin. I am very excited to see them both in person. Thanks again to Tim and Nelson for putting together all the information for these items.
Don’t forget during this meeting we will cast nominations for our club’s officers. Offices that are up for election are: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer as well as other voluntary positions extremely important to the club. Someone please take into consideration the office of Treasurer. I can’t believe it’s been better than 3 years since the club has had someone permanent for that job. It’s an unnecessary and quite frankly unfair burden on Nelson. I think he does enough. I am not going to ask again. I will step down and take the responsibility of Treasurer and we can elect a new club President. We will hold our annual meeting and elections of officers during our June meeting and a meal will be provided free of charge by the club.
I didn’t have a chance to visit Fall River like I planned. The “War Department” had some last-minute plans thrown at me because it was school vacation week. I will be sure to visit in May.
I am sure most of you have heard that there might be a problem in the future in meeting at the Sportsman's Club. I have never been one to let the power of others dictate my destiny and I like to be pro active rather than reactive. I think it’s time we start to explore the possibilities of securing our own place. Quick math will tell you that at an average rent and expenses of $1200.00 a month and an average membership of 50 people, a space like that would cost only $24.00 a month. We already pay about $8.50 a month on dues and pushki. So, the cost would be $16.00 more. (The cost of a tin of tobacco) I realize these are rough numbers and it is mostly based on a larger membership. I know with some brainstorming we can hit these numbers. If we had a good space, we could probably cover most of the rent by having an annual or twice-yearly pipe show and slow smoke like Kaywoodie and some of the other clubs, I mean really do it with style and class. Make people want to come, make it a destination. I know we can do this! We just must think forward. On top of that we would now have a place at our disposal 24/7 365. Maybe we rent it out once a month to a local cigar club or smoke shop that wants to hold a cigar event and their store is to small to have a large group. The possibilities are endless. More reason we need a good financial person in the Treasurers’ seat. I really need everyone to put their thinking caps on. Let’s make this our next big goal.
Each year on May 3 it is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day. This is a day to stand out from the other 364 days of the year. Celebrate your uniqueness and put it on display. Wear two different colored shoes during the entirety of the meeting and get an extra raffle ticket for a prize from my personal collection. To learn more visit

See you Tuesday,

Featured Story ................................ by Ernie Whitenack

Mystery of the Killer Pipe - Chapter 7

Carlson and Hoyle went back and sat down and just stared at Mitchell who looked stunned and pale. He was sweating and wringing his hands.
“I don’t know anything about murders. What are you guys trying to do to me? I’ve been trying to keep clean since I came to America. I hustle darts, do some plumbing and a few favors. I’m even trying to get in the union.”
“We told you, go willingly and a lot of this will probably be forgotten. Why don’t you get packed and we can be on our way?”
“I’m already packed,” Mitchell said. “I’d figured things with Ryan are getting too hot and decided to get away for a while. I’ll have to cancel my rental car.”
“Good decision, Mic. Anything else you need can be taken care of in Boston. You will be well cared for there.”
As the car pulled away from Mitchell’s building, another, holding Ryan’s men, took its place. The two “heavies” came to put more physical pressure on Mitchell regarding people interested in the pipe.   
Read Chapter 7 

Chapters:  Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4 | Ch 5 | Ch 6 | Ch 7

Tobacco Reviews... By Ernie Whitenack

Sam Gawith's Squadron Leader
Squadron Leader may be the quintessential 'English' blend. This medium-bodied mixture of golden and stoved Virginias along with earthy Turkish and a fair dose of Latakia delivers a rich, cool and amazingly smooth smoke perfect for anytime.
There isn’t much I can add to this description of a great blend. I spotted it on the shelf at The Old Firehouse Smoke Shop when we were there for IPSD and had often wondered if it stands up to the great amount of praise given it by fellow pipe smokers. So I bought it thinking if it does perform as praised, what a good way to celebrate IPSD than to try a new blend and have it turn out good. Well, it was a great celebration without any disappointments.
When first opened, the scent was magnificent. Nothing came forward to block other smells. It was an amalgamation of all that is in the blend that floated up and blessed my olfactory senses. I decided to wait until I returned home to give it a try, as I had been smoking all day and doubted I could appreciate it with a tainted tongue.
At present, my two favorite blends are Medal of Valor and Stokkebye’s Proper English. Now, Squadron Leader falls right into that category, but with exceptions. The amalgamation of tobacco odors holds true in the smoke. So far no individual tobacco has come to the front, just a great tobacco flavor that’s not overly sweet or too smoky and very smooooth in the mouth. I would say it is a light to medium English without the Virginia sting of some in that ilk that I have tried. A celebration tobacco, if you will.

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Pipe Personalities

Walter Leland Cronkite Jr.
(excerpted from Wikipdedia)
Walter Leland Cronkite Jr. (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist who served as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–1981). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll.
He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombings in World War II; the Nuremberg trials; combat in the Vietnam War; the Dawson's Field hijackings; Watergate; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon.
Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase "And that's the way it is," followed by the broadcast's date.
Cronkite was born on November 4, 1916, in Saint Joseph, Missouri, the son of Helen Lena (née Fritsche) and Dr. Walter Leland Cronkite, a dentist.
During the early part of his tenure anchoring the CBS Evening News, Cronkite competed against NBC's anchor team of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, who anchored the Huntley-Brinkley Report. For much of the 1960s, the Huntley-Brinkley Report had more viewers than Cronkite's broadcast. A key moment for Cronkite came during his coverage of John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963
Cronkite was an accomplished sailor and enjoyed sailing coastal waters of the United States in his custom-built 48-foot Sunward "WYNTJE". Cronkite was a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, with the honorary rank of commodore. Throughout the 1950s, he was an aspiring sports car racer, even racing in the 1959 12 Hours of Sebring.
On February 14, 1980, Cronkite announced that he intended to retire from the CBS Evening News; at the time, CBS had a policy of mandatory retirement by age 65.
In June 2009, Cronkite was reported to be terminally ill. He died on July 17, 2009, at his home in New York City, at the age of 92. [Read more on Wikipedia]

More on Walter Cronkite

Video of the Month
JFK Assasination - Breaking News

Cronkite Calls for US to get out of Vietnam

Back in November, 2015, Tom and Robin spent a week in Switzerland. May's raffle tins feature two of the great blends he bought while there.

Fribourg & Treyer Wingate Mixture (50g)
Fribourg & Treyer Wingate Mixture is a classic English blend with a subtle dash of perique. It is on the light side, a great choice for those who do not like dark, heavy English blends.

Davidoff Flake Medallions (50g)
Davidoff Flake Medallions is a coin cut of finest Virginia and Perique tobaccos with a core of black Cavendish. It is similar to Escudo in presentation, but the Cavendish adds an extra bit of sweetness and, in Tom's opinion, reduces its strength when compared to Escudo.

Tom has noticed that we have a fair number of members who prefer aromatic blends. In order to better serve all our members, he will have at least one aromatic tin up for grabs in the monthly raffle. If the aromatic is not selected, it will carry over to the following month. Any left over featured raffle tins will be added to the group of holiday raffle tins, giving everybody a "second chance" at them.

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Monday Evenings at around 8:30 PM Central Time on YouTube  |  Website
(9:30 Eastern Time)

PipesMagazine Radio Show
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. iTunes  |  Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Sherlock Holmes Around the Web

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
A delightful way to spend an evening with Holmes as your affable co hosts Scott Monty and Burt Wolder share their unique perspectives and sense of humor. Find out more than you ever thought possible about the greatest pipe smoker that never lived.

Shows come out twice a month. iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
From the producers of the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast, Trifles is a 15-minute, weekly audio program where Scott & Burt discuss something related to the Canon.
Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits? Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories. iTunes  |  Website

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond


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