MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!
Please be sure to join your New York Pipe Club as we celebrate our Ninth Annual International Pipe Smoking Day (IPSD) Celebration!
BUT, WHERE, IS THE QUESTION???
Celebrated the world over officially on February 20th, our event, this year, will actually take place on Saturday, February 20, 2016, but I have not found a venue yet.
Unfortunately, talks have not gone favorably with the management of an obvious, and past location, (does anyone really want to pay an admission fee??? - I don't think that is appropriate especially in light of what the "spirit" of the day means - and, obviously we will patronize, as it is only right to do so, any location that welcomes us and opens their door to us, that goes without saying, right?) so, that opens the door for a couple of considerations for us.
I want to query the Club membership and hopefully elicit a reply back from, as many of you who would be so kind as to read this and email your president back! I am working hard to nail down a suitable and comfortable location for us to celebrate together what will be our 9th Annual IPSD Celebration! So, please make every effort to let me know if you would be available on Saturday, February 20th and what you think of the two alternate locations that I have considered for the day.
To keep it local, we can meet up at our meeting home, Soho Cigar Bar in NYC; we all know this spot and we know that the Club is welcome there. I will speak to the owner and schedule the celebration for a convenient time slot. Obviously, we could stay on at Soho well into the evening and there would be no need to head anywhere else as we normally would do in years past (we would usually end up at Soho Cigar Bar, anyway).
Now, consider this...
We could also take advantage of a newly renovated lounge, however, it would take a bit more effort and be a bit more challenging to get there - but it would be worth it. I am talking about the spot we head to after all of the NY Pipe Shows, of course I am talking about JR Cigar on Rt. 10 in Whippany, NJ.
JR Cigar's Whippany location has undergone a complete renovation of the retail and lounge space creating a wonderful, roomy and comfortable atmosphere. If you are one of the past post NY Show revelers, then you know what JR Cigar looked like - and it was great but had very limited seating and tended to get very loud and crowded. Well, they addressed that issue in a big way. Also enjoying the face lift is the Monte Cristo Lounge, whose food and beverages are better than ever. Conveniently, drinks are served in all of the lounge spaces. Take a look at these photos of the newly created lounges:
JR Cigar, Whippany, NJ Location
Here is the Menu for the Monte Cristo Lounge:
JR Cigar Monte Cristo Lounge
JR Cigar is about an hour's drive from Midtown Manhattan and approximately, (sorry), two hours by train and bus. Please don't let that discourage you! Consider that the Club usually sends about 10-12 members to the Kaywoodie Event in December which takes place in Wappingers Falls, NY - that's upstate NY to us city folk!
Maybe the "Chief", (hope I'm not overstepping my bounds by suggesting!), can hook us up with a bus from a central meeting point or offer some travel advice??? In any event, please don't let the travel discourage you and keep an open mind. I'm working hard to make any decision on a location as convenient as possible for all.
We can also, as we always do with handling the Kaywoodie Event travel distance, arrange for car pooling so please keep an open mind!!!
Another nice thing about having the celebration at JR Cigar is that we would certainly welcome and open the invitation to other area Pipe Clubs, such as the Christopher Morley Club of Philadelphia and the local club, the NJ Fellowship of Pipe Smokers, who use the lounge for their monthly meetings. Obviously, it goes without saying that anyone and everyone who enjoys briar and leaf is welcome to join us - our motto, as always is, All are Welcome!!!
As always, I want to do what is best for the Club, which is my motivation, always! Personally speaking, I would love to give JR Cigars a try this year. However, I want to hear to from YOU!!! Obviously, I... do not want to select a location that would prevent the majority of our beloved Club members from being able to attend.
SO, please, LET ME HEAR FROM YOU!!! We have a short 4 weeks until the day.
Be sure to make plans to hoist a bowl in the name of international unity and pipe smoking brother and sisterhood! More information about IPSD is available from the website:
International Pipe Smoking Day
"On February 20th pipe smokers all around the world are celebrating International Pipe Smoking Day. On this day we will celebrate the noble art of pipe-smoking and the spirit which pervades the brotherhood and sisterhood of the briar. We will put into practice the time-honored and ancestral traditions of raising our pipes in unison to toast each other and share a bowl together."
The New York Pipe Club invites all pipe smokers and those interested in the art of pipe smoking to join them in their celebration February 20th at a location and time to be determined - BY YOU!!!
So, please make every effort to come out and join us!!!
As always, please be sure to check your email for our club newsletter and special announcements. Also, be sure to check in often at our Club website and our Club Facebook page for more details as they become available.
Bring your pipes & tobaccos! Tobacco sharing is happily encouraged.
NEW YORK PIPE CLUB
Invites you to join us on
INTERNATIONAL PIPE SMOKING DAY
Come for fellowship with other pipers!
Tobacco sharing encouraged!
Bring your pipes & tobaccos!
So wherever you are, lift a bowl and join pipers around the world for IPSD!!
Members of the New York Pipe Club celebrate the firstInternational Pipe Smoking Day in 2015