“Spring is coming.” Or at least, it had better! This sure has been one long, dark winter. (At least compared to previous years. Although when I was a kid, I suppose this was just a normal winter.)
At any rate — let us get together on a patio to smoke and imbibe! I’ve validated that we can still (for now) smoke outdoors, in public, on a patio. So I hereby announce our Spring Opener: It will be on Wednesday, May 14th at 7:30pm at The Raq. (The have four walls and patio heaters, so even if it’s a bit chilly we’ll be okay. Rain, on the other hand… means rescheduling.)
Share the Wealth
We were lucky enough to have been donated a copious amount of vintage tobaccos and pipes from a generous fellow out in Port Hope who had to quit the hobby for health reasons. There are several pounds of tobacco — some of it in sealed tins dating back decades (Esoterica and Rattrays) — as well as about 40 pipes; most of which were carved by Bob Peretti and re-stemmed by Jim Cooke. (They look to be all great smokers, albeit in need of a bit of reaming.)
At any rate — we are in the early stages of deciding how to best distribute this bounty among our club members while both donating some money to charity and keeping some within the club to fund our next special event.
A contingent from the DTPC are fresh (minus the sleep) from the West Coast Pipe Show! What the fledgling show lacks in size and international standing compared to Chicago it makes up for in intimacy and smoker-friendliness: You can puff your pipe just about anywhere in Vegas!
Another benefit is that there is no “pre-show” tacked on, which means that when the doors open you don’t have to worry that ~30% of the pipes will have already been sold within the three days leading up to it. (Sorry, Chicago Show — that’s still a sore point with us.)
The weather was lovely, the skies were blue, and we had our fair share of smoking and enjoying the other delights that Vegas has to offer. Here are a few, mostly blurry, iPhone-photo highlights for your viewing pleasure!
Max, who comes to almost every meeting, was kind enough to let us repost some of the pictures he’s taken during four of our Smokers. (You can find the originals on his site.)
The Vegas Pipe Show is coming up — November 2nd and 3rd — and a contingent of smokers from the DTPC will be there to rub elbows with fellow pipe brethren and get up to general no-good. If you plan to be at the show, drop us a line!
Well, despite the scorching heat that blew in this month and stayed for a few days there is no denying that we are rapidly approaching Fall! That means the next smoker will be our official “Season Closer”. It will be on Wednesday, October 2nd at 7:30pm at The Raq.
Again, I should point out that the venue can be fully enclosed (excepting the roof) and they do have a mighty big and powerful heater — so don’t let any cold weather deter you.
I will note there may be subsequent smokers, but past October they will not be guaranteed as they are subject to either the good fortune of finding an indoor venue or unusually welcoming (and forecasted) weather!
We shall leave the month of August behind us with its threat (not carried through) of thunderstorms and proceed into the every-increasingly fickle months ending with “er”. Up next: our September Smoker. It will be on Wednesday, September 4th at 7:30pm at The Raq.
Our venue is pretty forgiving when it comes to wind and cold (thanks to walls and a big heater) but if the sky threatens rain then please check this web-site the day of the smoker just to make sure we haven’t rescheduled.
Due to the 80% chance of thunderstorms tonight, the August Smoker has been shifted a day to Thursday, August 8th at 7:30pm at The Raq.
Hope you can all make it!
Thanks to everyone who came out to our June Smoker! We had over a dozen members attend again this time, despite the fact that June weather wasn’t kind to us — it got to be quite chilly! (Fortunately, the heater was working so we were toasty warm in no time.)
Our next smoker will be on Wednesday, July 3rd at 7:30pm at The Raq. (You’d think we were inside!) See you there.
Local pipemaker and DTPC member Michael Parks has asked us to post about an event at his workshop this Wednesday, May 22nd, from 6-9pm. It’s a pipe night with the smokers from Victory Cigars and there will even be a special “pipe cake” made from a local bakery, Cakes and Coffee.
It was great to see so many members out for our Spring Opener — there were 14 of us there despite the threat of rain and cool-ish weather. We lit up the night with pipes and it was nice to catch up with some of our oldest members (that would be Gord, “The General”) and longest-standing (that would be Paul) and meet some new faces as well (that’s a shout-out to Jack).
Our next smoker will be on Wednesday, June 5th at 7:30pm at The Raq. For those who have never yet been there — it’s on the second floor and their patio is completely enclosed by four walls so the worst of the wind is kept out.
Retiring the Google Group
In an effort to simplify and consolidate the multifaceted means of communicating online, the Google Group will be retired effective May 31st. For social communications I would like to direct you to our Facebook Group instead.
Our Google Group members have been consolidated with our standard “Smoker Alert” mailing list and news of upcoming smokers will be sent out as “Newsletters”, of which this is the first. Rest assured you can expect to receive no more than 1 or 2 per month. If you wish to opt out of these newsletters follow the link below and you can still visit the official DTPC website for news of the next smoker or visit the aforementioned Facebook group.