Keeping The Smoking Lamp Lit Since 1989

December 2022

The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston will hold its 2022 Holiday Meeting on Tuesday, December 6th at usual place but different meeting time (6:00 PM) since dinner will be served shortly thereafter.  Be sure to read all the details about this year's meeting so you are prepared and bring cash for the raffle.

President's Holiday Message

Season's Greetings,

Hopefully by the time you get this note all the Thanksgiving leftovers have been consumed or artfully transformed into some sort of delicious soup or casserole for yet another few days of eating. For me, if I see another turkey sandwich over the next 6 to 8 weeks, I think I may just go insane.

For us, the great thing about Thanksgiving is it is the segway to our banner “Holiday Extravaganza”. That’s right it’s just about a week away and it is certainly going to be one of the best in the past few years. No covid scare, the long-term weather forecast looks promising, and Tom has been working his magic and wheeling and dealing all year long and had procured quit an array of pipes, tobacco and accoutrements for the raffle and give away. So why don’t you break your regular routine and join us if you have not been in a while. We certainly miss all who have not attended recently. Remember the tobacco give away is open to all paid members and the raffles are open to everyone including the Yankee Swap. You must bring a wrapped tin of tobacco if you would like to participate in the Yankee Swap. As usual food will be provided by the club with vegetarian options. Please be sure to reply to the email from our Secretary letting us know if you will attend so we know how much food to get.

Hope to see you all there and wishing you and yours all the joys of the season.


SHPC 2022 Holiday Extravaganza!!!

As usual, our holiday meeting will include some great events.  First will be our Yankee Swap.  All you need to participate is a gift-wrapped sealed tin (no Sutliff Private Stock, please).  It can be a great blend, a gag tin, or anything in between.  We'll go over the rules at the meeting, but it will be fun for all. 

Next.  Every paid member gets to select a free tin of tobacco from an assortment of more than 50 different blends with names like, Cornell and Diehl, Cult, Dan Tobacco, Esoterica, Erinmore, GL Pease, Ken Byron and many more.  Be sure to review the list and consider your first, second, and even your third choices cause there gonna go fast.

Finally, we'll have our annual pipe raffle.  Tickets will be $10 each or a maximum 3 for $25.  We have some fantastic prizes (Peterson, Owl Shop & Stanwell to name a few, See image for the complete group).  As a final note, none of this could happen without your continued support of our monthly tin raffles, as well as your generous prize donations. 

Thanks to you all - Tom

Holiday Audio

The Christmas Pipe

It has become a tradition to put this audio clip up for the December edition of the SHPC Gazette. I hope you all enjoy listening to it again.
Jean Shepherd was a famous radio show host on WOR radio in New York. You may also recognize his voice as Ralphie's conscience in "The Christmas Story".  This is a great story about Ralphie getting an idea to buy his father a pipe for Christmas.   Listen

The Blue Carbuncle

If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan you'll know that The Blue Carbuncle is the only Sherlock Holmes Adventure that takes place around the Christmas season.   Listen

The Case of the Duplicitious Palette - Chapter 4


That’s the first time you ever mentioned dating. Is this someone special, Allan?”

“Perhaps, Boss. It’s too early to say. Is it OK if I use the state’s car?”

“Of course, but pay for your gasoline. I’ll be expecting a report tomorrow.”

When Scott told Nancy about Allan’s date, she became excited and giddy, spouting in schoolgirl fashion, “That’s wonderful. Did he describe her? I want to meet her. Oh, I hope they will be happy.”

“Whoa, slow down. I said Allan has a date, not getting married. For all I know, it’s their first date. I’ll never understand why you women get so excited over a date. You all hear wedding bells.”

“Men!” Nancy said disgustedly and carried the dinner dishes into the kitchen. Returning with a coffeepot, she put an arm around Scott and kissed him on the forehead before filling his cup.

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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