Once again, pipe smokers descended upon our annual BBQ from all parts of the GTA (and even as far as Calgary) for a day of smoking, eating, and hanging out! The weather was absolutely beautiful this year and I would guess that about 35 people managed to make it out. A big thanks to Lowell, who put a bin of what must have been well over 30 unopened, well-aged tins of tobacco up for grabs. (I didn’t have time to take a picture before the table was swarmed. I have Mike J to thank for handing me a tin of Dunhill 965 or I would have missed out myself!) A big thanks to the esteemed Michael Parks for hosting us at his workshop.
It was great to be able to celebrate International Pipe Smoking Day 2017 in the Great Indoors this time! (Unlike one year early in club history which saw two brave members freezing to death outside of Trinity Bellwoods Park.) About 20 of us gathered to mark the occasion with our generous hosts for the evening, Zahra and Steve. Special thanks to everyone who helped make this happen!
Like last year we were under the threat of inclement weather. Fortunately, the thunderstorms held off and we had warmth and even sunshine! People descended to Bowmanville for the fifth year in a row for (once) a true BBQ meal consisting of pulled pork, slaw and pickles. We didn’t keep to our schedule terribly well, but all the things we had planned managed to get done. In the end, the whole point is to get together for fun, food, conversation and smoking — and on all points it was a great success.
A big thanks to Michael Parks who, once again, opened up his home and workshop for the event; to Mike J. for providing the beverages and raffle items; Matt for selling raffle tickets; Smokingpipes.com for the generous tobacco donations and associated swag; John for offering (and providing) rides; Jack for his help as part of the organizing committee and everyone else for coming out and being a part of it!
It was great to see so many out for our July Smoker! Even though this part of Ontario has been experiencing the severest drought in 20 years we somehow found ourselves under the threat of rain — a DTPC tradition.
A special thanks to Ian and the folks at the Brigham and MORE on Queen East who hosted the evening.
Despite the fact that the temperature dropped nearly 25 degrees in only a few days (not to mention the wind and rain), nearly 40 people showed up for a most excellent day filled with pipe smoking activities! Thanks to our generous sponsors, everyone walked away with a least a tin of tobacco or a pipe.
Evan, Gio and Mike were a real hit as they gave an informal and very interactive workshop on the craft and art of pipe making.
We had 7 really excellent and interesting entries to our “Canadian” contest, and Nick ended the slow-smoke contest with his 35 minute win. (A certain DTPC prez. fizzled out in less than half that time. For shame.)
Thanks to everyone who came out — it was a pleasure to host the event and see everyone! It was especially rewarding partnering again with the Lakeshore Smokestacks and Mike Parks who worked hard on logistics and garnering such amazing support from the sponsors!