Doctor of Pipes Announcement

The Chicagoland Pipe Collectors club is proud to announce the election of the 2016 Doctor of Pipes:

Eugene Umberger (Hobby)

Chuck Stanion (Industry)

Both of these Gentleman ars highly qualified for this honor, and both will be a great addition to the CPCC Doctor of Pipes Program.

May 14th, 2016 Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, May 14th meeting at 8 to 8 Cigar Shop, we had 24 regular members in attendance with one guest who became a member.

MEETING SCHEDULE:

June 11th: Club Officer election meeting at 8 to 8 Cigar Shop  6:30-10:00 P.M.

July 16th: Regular meeting at 8 to 8 Cigar Shop  6:30-10:00 P.M.

August 13th: Regular meeting at 8 to 8 Cigar Shop  6:30-10:00 P.M.

OLD BUSINESS: None stated.

NEW BUSINESS: Craig Cobine, the CPCC Show Director, and a “Doctor of Pipes”, formally introduced an ammendment to the CPCC bylaws to add a “Master of Pipes”(copy right), award to be given at the 2017 show and thereafter. Voting on this change will be at the August meeting. If you want a copy, contact Craig at porshcigar@aol.com

8 to 8 Cigar Shop will be expanding by 2000 square feet next spring. The store will be expanding to the north side of the existing building, and will take over some of their parking space.

SHOW REPORT:

Our 2016 show was HUGE this year! We had more attendees, exhibitors, and tables than in an other year prior to this one!

We also have signed contracts with Pheasant Run through the year 2020. The rumor that this was our last show at Pheasant Run is COMPLETELY UNTRUE!!

The 2017 show is, as of this writing, SOLD OUT!! It was sold out by Sunday afternoon of this past (2016) show. This has never happened in the history of our show. However, don’t despair, we plan on adding tables to a maximum of 334 over our “normal” 304 for next year. The food court/beer garden will be moved to accommodate the table expansion. The current thinking is to move the food court to the area where we conduct the pipe making seminar on the west side of the Mega Center.

TOBACCO BLENDING SEMINAR: This seminar was very well received this year. Next year, we will have this seminar again, and possibly expand it. More information as it becomes available…

SATURDAY NIGHT “CIGAR DINNER”: Next year, our “Cigar Dinner” will be receiving a complete “makeover” even down to the name of it. The choice of food will change in that we will have a variety of entree choices. There also will not be any “goody” bags next year, but we will have some “door prizes”.

MEERSCHAUM PIPE CARVING SEMINAR: We will have a new seminar that will run for 3 days each year, over the course of 3 consecutive years. Year 1, is a paper and pencil only design of the pipe. Year 2 is to drill the tobacco chamber and airway into the block of meerschaum. This will be done with machines that the club owns. Year 3 is to carve, with hand tools only, the pipe you designed in year 1 and drilled in year 2. Yes, you get to keep the pipe. The price of this 3 year seminar is not yet determined.

Once determined, we will open for registration which will include payment for the entire 3 year course. Once started, there will be no new admissions for at least 3 years, and if you miss a year, there are no makeup classes. All payments will be refundable until a certain date, and thereafter will only be refundable if someone takes your place.

Tom Dinelli

CPCC Club Secretary

Father The Flame

On Friday, April 29th at the show, we are proud to announce that we will have the creators of an exciting video about pipes and pipe making, a presentation of FATHER THE FLAME, a 20 minute preview of the full length documentary. Father the Flame will be a feature-length documentary about slowing down, embracing life, and learning something in the process. It’s also about tobacco pipes.

It will delve into the modern world of the pipe culture, explore the historical journey of the tobacco pipe, and show the making of a pipe from harvesting briar in Italy, to a finished pipe made by a craftsman in a remote corner of upper Michigan. Through interviews, narration, and cinematic imagery, the film will explore the timeless and transcendent nature of pipes.

We hope to have the entire documentary at the 2017 show.

Showings at 2 P.M. and 4 P.M., followed by discussion and questions.

LOCATION: Pheasant Run “Mega Center”.

For further information see www.fathertheflame.com

Seminar: “Intro to tobacco blending or home blending 101”

During this day long course, you will sample component tobaccos, learn the basics of how a blend is made, learn how condimental tobaccos effect a blend, and create your own blends. Each participant will leave with at least 1 pound of blended tobacco, 6 clay pipes (or you can use your favorite smaller pipes for testing), and the knowledge to make that blend that you already love just a little better. The course will be led by Brian Levine of Sutliff Tobacco Co. and Per Georg Jensen of Mac Baren Tobacco Co. We are going to get “down and dirty” and smoke a lot!!!

COST: $35.00 per person

TIME: 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Thursday, April 28th in the “smoking tent”.

WE ARE LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF 32 PARTICIPANTS!!!

To make your reservation for this seminar, contact Tom Dinelli at tdinelli633@gmail.com

We would like our participants to pre-pay for this seminar. Payment information will be sent back to you via email if your reservation is accepted. Remember, we only have 32 slots open for this seminar!!

March 12th,2016 Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, March 12th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 28 regular members in attendance along with three guests who subsequently became members. Thanks guys for visiting with us, and welcome to the “CPCC family”!!

MEETING SCHEDULE:

April 16th: Pre-show meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

April 30th-May 1st: Show time!! “Mega Center” Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL. Saturday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Sunday 9 A.M.-5:00 P.M.

May 14th: Post show meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

June 11th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

SHOW REPORT:

The 2016 show will be “packed to the rafters” with exhibitors this year with many first time exhibitors attending. We have many meerschaum exhibitors attending, with two of them bringing in pipe carvers from Turkey who will be carving new pipes from raw block to a finished pipe!! This should be very interesting to watch as the work progresses.

At the “pre-show” on Friday, with so many exhibitors attending, if the weather is decent outside of the tent we will be setting up tables there also. We expect this year’s pre-show to be almost as big as the show itself, so if you can, BE THERE for this event!!

GLASS DISPLAY CASES:

Tsuge Pipes will display a collection of historic pipes in honor of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the company. This will include pipes dating from 1936 to present.

J. Wittkamp will display a portion of his pipe collection entitled “The great Danes of Sixten’s workshop”. Pipes from Sixten Ivarsson, Lars Ivarsson, Jorn Micke, Jess Chonowitsch and Nanna Ivarsson. The display will include 15 pipes made by each of these legendary makers.

TEE-SHIRTS:

We will have tee-shirts available from thebriarking.com this year!! The tee-shirts will have graphics with the CPCC logo on them, and will be available in medium, large, extra large 2 extra large and 3 extra large. The prices for the shirts are as follows…

Med, large and X large…..$15.00 each

XXL……………………………..$17.00 each

XXXL…………………………..$19.00 each

SATURDAY NIGHT CIGAR DINNER TICKETS:

There are only a few tickets left for this event. If you don’t want to miss out, the time to get a ticket(s) is NOW!!! Contact Craig Cobine at porshcigar@aol.com to make your reservation.

Tom Dinelli

CPCC Club Secretary

March 18,2016 Update on Pheasant Run Hotel Reservations

There are still SINGLE king rooms available (6) in the “Tower” at Pheasant Run. You can book these rooms using the following link.

https://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp/groupID=1350331&hotelID=2932

The “COURTYARD” double rooms are also available, but require more work because Pheasant Run’s computer no longer recognizes them as a room type. To book these rooms guests MUST SPEAK DIRECTLY to the hotel by calling…

1 (800) 474-3772 OR 1 (630) 584-6300

You MUST ask for IN-HOUSE RESERVATIONS between the hours of 9 A.M. and 7 P.M. (central time), Monday-Saturday.

You can also e-mail IN-HOUSE RESERVATIONS at reservations@pheasantrun.com

New rooms added at Pheasant Run

The staff at Pheasant Run has informed us that they have added 15 more double bed rooms in the Courtyard “C” Wing. They have also indicated that as these rooms get full, that there is the possibility of adding even more rooms in the “C” Wing!!

However, you MUST reserve these rooms by calling Pheasant Run at the following phone numbers, the reservation link on our website WILL NOT WORK!!

1 (800) 474-3272 OR

1 (630) 584-6300

The first set of 15 rooms mentioned previously on this website were reserved in record time, so should you wish to stay at the Pheasant Run Resort property, DO NOT wait to reserve a room!!!

February 13th, 2016 Meeting Minutes

At our Saturday, February 13th meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 28 regular members in attendance along with three guests, one of whom became a member. Thanks guys for visiting with us and to our new member!!

MEETING SCHEDULE:

March 12th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

April 16th: The “pre-show POW WOW” meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

April 30th-May 1st: SHOW TIME!! Pheasant Run Mega Center, Saturday 10:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M., Sunday 9:00 A.M.- 5 P.M.

May: T.B.A.

June: T.B.A.

OLD BUSINESS: None stated

NEW BUSINESS:

The Chicago tax proposal on tobacco, championed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel was RESOUNDINGLY DEFEATED by the members of the Chicago City Counsel last week. The counsel members felt that there was already enough “bootlegging” of tobacco products in the city-and didn’t want more!! However, Emanuel plans to keep bringing this up for vote every month until he wins and gets what he wants!! Welcome to democracy, just keep voting until you get your own satisfaction if it doesn’t go in your favor…

SHOW REPORT:

The 2016 Chicago Show has been sold out since the third week in December, a new show record!! We have many MANY new exhibitors this year. As of now, we have an exhibitor “waiting list”. The CPCC officers are trying to get MORE tables into the “Mega Center”. We could really use an extra 25-30 tables for the exhibitors that don’t have one. More information as it becomes available.

UPDATE ON PHEASANT RUN ROOM AVAILABILITY:

The hotel STILL has “Tower” and “Golf” rooms available with SINGLE king sized beds. However, the rooms with TWO king sized beds in them are gone!! The Hilton Hotel across the road from Pheasant Run still may have some double bed rooms.

The hotel is filling up rapidly, so again, don’t wait to reserve your room!! You can still reserve a Tower or Golf Wing room by using the link OR phone numbers below…

https://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=1350331&hotelID=2932   OR

1 (800) 474-3272   OR   1 (630) 584-6300

Also, the hotel is opening up a VERY limited number of the “Courtyard Rooms” (about 15 in all), in the “B” Wing which have patios and balconies, (you can smoke in these areas and not get fined $150.00 for smoking in your room!!).

However, the “Courtyard” rooms CAN NOT be reserved from the internet link!! You MUST CALL to reserve a room by using the phone numbers previously mentioned.

PIPE MAKING SEMINAR:

There are still a few positions left in our annual pipe making seminar. This seminar is a lot of fun to take (the instructors can be rather funny at times), and you get a “hands-on” education on how pipes are made. It will give you a real appreciation of what your favorite carvers have to do to make the pipes you like so much!!

The seminar takes place on Wednesday April 27th and Thursday April 28th. It starts at 9 A.M. and ends at 5 P.M. with an hour for lunch (12-1) both days. Contact Craig Cobine at porshcigar@aol.com for more information.

Tom Dinelli

CPCC Club Secretary