Keeping The Smoking Lamp Lit Since 1989

September 2019

The September Meeting took place on Tuesday, September at 6 PM at  Peretti's of Boston.   There was no tobacco raffle this month.  Thanks to all who attended.

President's Message

Ahhhh a little crispness in the air over the past few days has aroused the senses with a hint of Fall. I can never really seem to enjoy the summertime pipe. It’s to hot outside and inside even with air conditioning and never seem to have enough pockets to carry all the gear needed. Tobacco for me in the summer smokes hot, wet and outright nasty. Now, the cooler weather is good for the mind, body and soul. Almost like bears go into hibernation I myself go into my own cooler weather rotation. I start with larger bowled pipes that are easily clenched and a bit stronger tobacco and I can sit at my desk all day and work efficiently sipping away at some good Virginia like Vintage Dunhill 3 Year Matured, Esoterica Peacehaven, Rattrays Black Virginia or Germain’s Plumb Cake.
Don’t Forget This Month’s Meeting Will Be Held at Perretti’s in Boston. If you can recall we are planning to take a group photo in front of the store as part of our 30 anniversary so please get there by 6 pm  so we have enough light.
Believe it or not, I have never stepped foot in that establishment. (hard to comprehend, I know) so I am very much looking forward to it. I just hope the “War Department” gives me an extra stipend to make a purchase. I’ve been good all summer long and I even vacuumed the living room the other day and replaced the toilet paper roll.
No regular business will he held nor any raffles. But, come October we are back to business. The pipe show will be the main topic and I’d like to establish a date and committees so please come prepared with ideas and willingness to perform small tasks to get this off the drawing board.

That’s all for now, See you Tuesday,


Another Podcast for Pipers

I had heard of the Pipe & Tamper Pipecast some time ago but I thought to myself, what could this podcast provide that the Country Squire and Pipe Magazine Radio podcasts haven't already covered.  I thought back to a time when a new pipe podcast would come out, I'd start listening and get hooked only to have episodes come out less and less frequently until they eventually stopped altogether.  After that. I became skeptical and needed to make sure a podcast could stand the test of time before I planned to spend any time on it and avoid the eventual disappointment.
Then a couple of months ago Ernie mentioned that he had listened to an episode of the Pipe & Tamper Podcast and had enjoyed it, so I decided to give it a closer look.
Upon visiting the website I saw that Pipe & Tamper was well into it's second year of bi-monthly podcasts. Although many of the interviews were familiar to me, I went through the list and downloaded a half dozen episodes that looked interesting and didn't overlap anything I had already listened to.  I was pleasantly surprised.  The show is straight forward, has some interesting segments without a lot of fluff and Mike has a great interviewing style and asks lots of great questions.  They also routinely do a tobacco or pipe review and "Behind the Pipe" segment highlighting a famouse pipe smoker.
I continued to listen to more episodes including some of the people I had already heard from before and found that I did learn more about them.  This just goes to prove the old adage that there are many ways to effectively skin a cat. 
So I have added Pipe and Tamper to my weekly list of commuter distractions and have included a link to it in our website's footer. Please take a few minutes to check it out. I think you'll be pleased.  Thanks for the tip Ern.

Pipe Personality: Max Yasgur

(excerpted from Wikipedia)
Max B. Yasgur (December 15, 1919 – February 9, 1973) was an American farmer, best known as the owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York, at which the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held between August 15 and August 18, 1969.

Yasgur was born in New York City to Russian Jewish immigrants Samuel and Bella Yasgur. He was raised with his brother Isidore (1926-2010) on the family's farm (where his parents also ran a small hotel) and attended New York University, studying real estate law. By the late 1960s, he was the largest milk producer in Sullivan County, New York. His farm had 650 cows.

Woodstock Festival

After area villages Saugerties (located about 40 miles (64 km) from Yasgur's farm) and Wallkill declined to provide a venue for the festival, Yasgur leased one of his farm's fields for a fee that festival sponsors said was $10,000. Soon afterward he began to receive both threatening and supporting phone calls (which could not be placed without the assistance of an operator because the community of White Lake, New York, where the telephone exchange was located, still utilized manual switching). Some of the calls threatened to burn him out. However, the helpful calls outnumbered the threatening ones. Opposition to the festival began soon after the festival's relocation to Bethel was announced. Signs were erected around town, saying, "Local People Speak Out Stop Max's Hippie Music Festival. No 150,000 hippies here" and "Buy no milk"

Riverville Murder - Chapter 7


“What are you doing?” Hurley asked.

“Me? I’m taking shots of the pier for the town. They plan to expand the pier this fall and need photos for the engineers. I’m sure glad the rain stopped. I’m on a short deadline as it is. Have a good day” Maxwell lied, turned and returned to his car. 

AT 11:00 a.m. the same morning, Allan Rockford guided the state police Lincoln carrying Scott and Mic, into a “GUEST” spot of the Riverville Police Department parking lot.

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Aged Flake Bonanza

As promised at the August meeting, we had over 75 jars of high quality aged flake tobacco available to active members who attended and I have to say, I think the event was a huge success.  Our former president Dock Perry recouped some of his money he shelled out for all of this many years ago and the club got a nice chunk of change as well.  These blends were well preserved and many of the covers had been dipped in wax for an air tight seal.  Some still surprised us with that pleasing champagne pop upon opening.  I was extremely happy with all of the blends that I purchased and have been smoking them almost exclusively since that night.  I have heard from others as well that they are also pleased and looking for more..  Don't forget! I will be bringing another full box in October for those of you who already requested specific blends.  So don't forget to bring your cash or check next month. 
See you all then.
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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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