Keeping The Smoking Lamp Lit Since 1989

November 2020

Due to Election Day we will meet on Tuesday, November 10th
Please Note: This may changed based on the Governor's latest guidelines.  Please watch this site for changes.

We are planning to meet again in person for the November meeting. We will continue to do this until it is decided it is no longer feasible to do so.  Things with the pandemic have been ramping up as of late so if you feel uncomfortable or not feeling well you should not attend.
Last month we all ordered take out from Chinatown since there was no eat in dining there.  My suggestion is to pick up something to go in the area and bring it to the club. The club should be open between 6:00 and 6:30 PM for the meeting.  Hope to see you there.

President's Message

Fall Greetings!
Hope everyone is enjoying the crisp weather. I for one notice at this time of the year I find myself with a pipe more often than in the warmer weather. I also adjust my tobacco selection to something a bit richer and more flavorful to get me through the effects of the clocks being turned back and the dreary early darkness. I don’t prefer to leave my house and run appointments after it gets dark, I prefer to work remotely as much as possible, briar clenched and filled with a dark flake or good aromatic to fill my home office with a luxurious aroma.
Our in-person October meeting has proved to be a success. We practiced safe protocols and it was agreed to continue meeting at the club until it is decided or recommended otherwise.
Most of our business has been put on hold until further notice and we have learned that the holiday event with Kaywoodie will also not take place this year.  As for our own, we need to discuss the particulars at the November meeting.
Due to the fact that our next meeting is scheduled on Election Day we have decided to move the meeting to the following Tuesday, November 10th.  Please remember to get out and vote! Most importantly please govern yourself and keep religion and politics OUT OF THE CLUB. In perfect circumstances we gather 12 times a year. It should be a time to relax with friends and enjoy each other’s company as well as a good bowl or two.
For those who I may not see at the meeting I wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving and be sure to thank a Veteran for their service. In honor of our Veterans all those who smoke an American made pipe at the next meeting will receive and extra ticket for the Presidents raffle.  -- Peace and Good Health - Kevin

Pipe Personality: Bill Tilman

Major Harold William "Bill" Tilman was born on 14 Feb 1898 in Wallasey in Cheshire, the son of a well-to-do sugar merchant John Hinkes Tilman and his wife Adeline Schwabe (née Rees). He was educated at Berkhamsted Boys school. At the age of 18, Tilman was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery and fought in the First World War, including the Battle of the Somme, and was twice awarded the Military Cross for bravery.

His climbing career began with his acquaintance with Eric Shipton in Kenya, East Africa, where they were both coffee growers. Beginning with their joint traverse of Mount Kenya in 1929 and their ascents of Kilimanjaro and the fabled "Mountains of the Moon" Ruwenzori, Shipton and Tilman formed one of the most famed partnerships in mountaineering history. When it came time to leave Africa, Tilman was not content with merely flying home but rode a bicycle across the continent to the West Coast where he embarked for England.

Riverville Murder - Chapter 20 & 21


No sooner than he entered BPD Headquarters, than Captain Callan stepped up and shuffled him aside saying, “Do you have the reports? I’m kind of anxious to see them.”

“Yes, naturally, but the chief gets them first. I’ve tagged a set for you and the chief will pass them on if he wishes,” Scott replied, somewhat aggravated.

Before they passed through the double doors to the office area, Scott noticed Sergeant Mark Simmons had been watching through one of the door windows. As their eyes met, Simmons frowned deeply and gave a negative shake of his head that was almost imperceptible.

Upon leaving, Scott again found Simmons standing in the hall, obviously waiting for him, and said, “Is there something you want, Sergeant?”

Yes, sir, I’ll walk you out – can’t talk here.”

“OK. My car is waiting. You walk down the block and turn the corner. We’ll pick you up.”

This Month's Tobacco Raffle

This month, we've got two blends from Ken Byron Ventures.  According to their website, "Ken Byron Ventures was founded out of a love for blending tobacco and disappointment with commercial small batch blending. We come from high tech backgrounds and built the site as well as the underlying platform. We wanted everything to be crafted our way."  If you look at their site, you'll see that most of their blends are sold out, often on the day they're released.  KBV blends are packed in 2 ounce, heat sealed bags, ready for your enjoyment.  In addition, we have a bonus tin, generously donated by Kevin, of Ogden's of Liverpool Gold Block, dating back over four years.  We'll also have some exceptional alternatives available.  Don't forget, exact change ($5.00) is appreciated.

King's Ransom: Dark, Rich English contains a medium-full amount of Latakia (40%) smoothed out by a generous portion of unflavored stoved Virginia with matured Red Virginia, Orientals, and a dash of Perique.
West's Best: Mountain of Madness contains h
eavy Latakia, Virginia, Orientals, and "a touch of Madness".
Ogden's of Liverpool's Gold Block is a mixture of the finest Virginias and mellow Burleys, it presents a true tobacco flavor, one dominated by notes of tangy citrus and grassy hay, along with rich, nutty molasses, brown sugar, and a light smokiness. It's a crossover blend that delights both Aromatic and Virginia smokers.  Production date of this tin is January, 2016.

In case you miss any information or just want to give us feedback, please feel free to contact us.

Pipe and Tobacco Podcasts

Country Squire Radio
countrysquirelogoA weekly podcast about all things pipes and tobacco.  Beau and Jon David have a great chemistry and keep you entertained every week. Check their website for show times. They mix it up a lot YouTube  |  Website
(1:00 PM Eastern Time)

PipesMagazine Radio Show
PMag radio show logoA different interview every week with Brian Levine a well known member of the tobacco industry.  Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!       iTunes  |  Website
(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Pipe and Tamper Pipecast
PMag radio show logoA Podcast for the Tobacco Pipe Enthusiast. Interviews with pipe carvers and industry influencers. Quick tobacco reviews and segments on pipes and tobaccos. New episodes are available on the 1st and 15th of every month.     iTunes  |  Website

Sherlock Holmes Podcasts

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere (IHOSE)
IHOSElogoA 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
Trifles Cover smFrom 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

Pipe & Tobacco Episodes:    Episode 71 | Episode 83

Trifles artwork created by Tom Richmond

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