Keeping The Smoking Lamp Lit Since 1989

October 2021

Welcome Fall - A Pipes Smoker's Favorite Season
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 5th @ 7:00 PM - Massapoag Sportmen's Club

If you want to meet at Perkins and/or meet for dinner somewhere else,
let others know via email if you can.

President's Message

Hi Gang,

There’s something about Autumn and smoking a pipe that just thrills me. Can’t really explain why but, maybe it’s a combination of things like wearing more clothing and having extra pockets to carry all the required accoutrements, or visions of a Norman Rockwell print portraying a perfect New England landscape in full Fall bloom, speculating that his inspiration came while puffing on a trusty pipe. Maybe it’s the warmth the pipe provides either in the hand or psychologically as the nights begin to get cooler. And, still, I think of those delicious blends in the cabinet reserved for this time of year that just satisfy so much more when there is dew on the pumpkin. What ever your reason is, let us all welcome this wonderful season with open arms and a clenched briar.
The mystery tobacco tasting at the last meeting proved to be a huge success and I for one got to try a tobacco that I probably would have never given a second look. Thanks again Nelson for being so generous with your stash and introducing a blend to many of us. I have since bought 8 oz of ready rubbed and 2 tins of flake to cellar.
Congratulations to Todd Brugman he gets my unofficial title of “pipe man of the year” Not only was he featured on one of the pipe podcasts but now has gained employment at Perretti’s. Exciting times for Todd. Be sure to congratulate him.
October marks Italian American Heritage Month by recognizing the contributions and achievements of Italian Americans. The heritage month is in October to coincide with Columbus Day. Italian American Heritage Month celebrates the distinguished cultural contributions of Americans with Italian lineage. So, bring and light up your favorite Italian made pipe and get an extra ticket for a chance in the Presidents raffle. I might even leave the White Spots at home and sport a Savinelli!

See you Tuesday,  Kevin

Pipe Personality: Tom Crean - Arctic Explorer

Tom Crean is one of my all time favorite "heroes of the bowl". 
He participated on three Antarctic explorations, helped save the lives of 30 men and as you can see... knows how to rock a briar. Crean, was considered one of the toughest men in the Endurance Antarctic expedition lead by Ernest Shackleton. If you have not heard or seen anything about this expedition then I urge you to watch this video.

(Wikipedia) Thomas "Tom" Crean (Irish: Tomás Ó Croidheáin; 25 February 1877 – 27 July 1938), was an Irish seaman and Antarctic explorer from Annascaul in County Kerry. He was a member of three major expeditions to Antarctica during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, including Captain Scott's 1911–13 Terra Nova Expedition. This saw the race to reach the South Pole lost to Roald Amundsen and ended in the deaths of Scott and his polar party. During this expedition, Crean's 35 statute miles (56 km) solo walk across the Ross Ice Shelf to save the life of Edward Evans led to him receiving the Albert Medal for Lifesaving.

Riverville Murder - Chapter 30 & 31


“Then let me show you at least one of Boston’s splendors. It’s close to closing, so let’s head for the Parker House for a couple of drinks, some dinner, good conversation, and then we’ll take you to the airport. Where is your luggage?”

“In a locker at British Airways terminal,” Sullivan answered. “I took the time to take it there before looking you up.”

Qualter called before the three left for the Parker House. “Where will you be in the morning, Boss? There are conversations on the recorder you will want to hear. Things are popping, and I think you will soon be hearing from Alice Nadeau. These conversations will give you a jump on her. We’ll be there at eight o’clock if you like.”

On the way, Scott gave Allan a summary of Qualter’s call and asked to pick him up for the eight o’clock meeting.

This Month's Tobacco Raffle

As you probably know, Peterson took over the production of a number of blends that were discontinued when Dunhill withdrew from the pipe tobacco market. This month, we have 50 gram tins of two blends that WEREN'T taken over by Peterson and remain discontinued. Both date to 2017, the last year of production under the Dunhill name. As usual, we'll have alternative blends available:

Ye Olde Signe (50g)
Ye Olde Signe is a richly fermented, straight Virginia in a fine ribbon cut. The process used to produce the tobacco creates a natural tea-like tin aroma and results in a natural-tasting tobacco that has a mellow sweetness and subtle aroma. In spite of the gentle flavor, this is a very robust blend best enjoyed after a meal. See for yourself why so many longtime Dunhill fans consider this one of their very finest.

Baby's Bottom (50g)
BB1938, previously known as Baby's Bottom, is an extremely smooth blend of Cyprian latakia and sweet golden & red Virginias. A wonderful blend for Virginia lovers who are looking for a little extra flavor.

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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