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New York Pipe Club Summer 2013 Picnic 2

Published on 5/18/2013
New York Pipe Club

Fifth Annual 

         Summer Picnic

Please R.S.V.P. By July 1st
Call or Email Lou

(FYI... I'm lining up a special Mystery Guest - I hope he can join us!!!)


Special Announcement!!!

ATTENTION, ATTENTION!!! It's time to do it again!  The New York Pipe Club 2013 Summer BBQ/Picnic is right around the corner!!!  More accurately, once again our own beloved member Hank Saatchi has graciously offered to host our annual pipe club BBQ get-together at his home in East Brunswick, New Jersey.  Last years BBQ was a smash success even in spite of the drizzle - Hank has a cozy screened in area where we were able to continue the smokes and the festivities!
The party is scheduled for Saturday, July 13th starting at 1pm and the club will provide the comestibles and soft libations (that's food and soft drinks).  Alcohol will be BYOB.

We want to take this opportunity to thank our beloved member Hank, for hosting the event once again and we extend our appreciation for his gracious hospitality. If you never had some of Hank's world famous BBQ, then this is your opportunity!  

Directions to Hank's below, keep reading!

For our outing this year, of course, as always, pipe smoking is allowed, encouraged, and de rigueur!

As I mentioned, I am trying to line up a special Mystery Guest and I hope that he can make it and join us for what is always a festive occasion for the club!  I won't tell who he is so you'll just have to make it a point to come out and join us to find out!!!  Either way, you won't be disappointed that you came.

It has been the practice of the club to provide attendees with an "official" NYPC Corn Cob pipe and we would like to continue that tradition.  For 2013, our own, Peter Guss made a great suggestion as to the type of cob we should enjoy this year since we have tried almost every other shape: this year it will be the Missouri Pride model which is a cob that is left in its rough and natural finish.  It's a great suggestion and I have obtained the usual cache of cobs for us in both the straight and bent versions.  This club cob will be stamped in the usual fashion, NYPC -  Picnic Cob 2013, to commemorate the special event.  Be sure to join us so that you too can add this commemorative club cob to your collection because, as  always, the official NYPC 2013 Summer Picnic Corn Cob Pipe will be available only to attendees, so be sure to join us!  Here's a photo of what you can expect (sans the nomenclature)...


This years tobacco offering was suggested by our own Dan Silverstone who recommended that we sample some of the "new" Mel Feldman's "The Smoker" blends which have been recreated and blended by master blender, and friend of the club, Russ Oulette.  These blends debuted at the 2013 Chicago Pipe Show and were a huge success.  Four blends will be waiting for you after you receive your official club cob.

   St. James - This blend is a rich and flavorful powerhouse of a smoke with a substantial amount of Perique supported by some Latakia for body. The addition of Virginias and a touch of Burley give St. James a nice touch of sweetness and nuttiness with excellent burning qualities. Light up a unique mixture that’s incredibly satisfying.



   Saratoga - An all Virginia blend with a wide ranging selection of Bright leaf varieties. Bright and red leaf are combined with yellow that has been carefully stoved until black for body and sweetness, then a pressed, matured version is added and it’s finished off with a bit of lightly scented broken flake. The result is a wonderfully complex Virginia blend sure to satisfy.

  Old Virginia:   This is a real honest American style Virginia/Perique blend. Unlike many of the more delicate versions of this genre, the Perique content is significantly elevated to create a very bold flavor profile. Using bright and red Virginias, there’s an underlying sweetness with excellent burning qualities. Not overly complex, but immensely enjoyable.


  Legacy:   A full, rich Latakia blend with the addition of hard to find Yenidje which helps to make this a fragrant, tasty blend. Perique adds some additional depth and three different and distinct Virginias add complexity and sweetness. Legacy takes you back to the days of bold yet smooth tobaccos that filled the air with rich, genuine tobacco aromas.


Free food, free 'baccy, a free cob - who wouldn't want to attend? Whether you can or you can't make it, please RSVP "Yes" or "No" with an email or call Lou at 347-886-9784 by Monday, July 1st the latest, so that we'll have an idea of who is coming. We need to know how much food and drink to buy so please let us know even if you aren't planning to attend the gathering.  Wives and children are also welcome.

The party will start at 1pm - here is Hank's address:

Hank Saatchi
17 University Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Hank's place is an easy drive for our New Jersey members and a short ride for those from elsewhere.  You can simply place the address into your GPS or for those driving from NYC, here are detailed directions from the Lincoln Tunnel:

Lincoln Tunnel


1. Head northwest on Lincoln Tunnel

Entering New Jersey

0.4 mi

2. Continue onto NJ-495 W

3.2 mi

3. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for New Jersey Turnpike S and merge onto I-95 S/New Jersey Turnpike S

Partial toll road

29.0 mi

4. Take exit 9 for NJ-18 toward US-1/New Brunswick/E Brunswick

Toll road

0.7 mi

5. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for NJ-18 S

Toll road

0.2 mi

6. Keep left at the fork and merge onto NJ-18 S

Partial toll road

0.5 mi

7. Turn right onto Eggers St

0.6 mi

8. Turn left onto University Rd

Destination will be on the left

0.4 mi

Directions form the Holland Tunnel:

Holland Tunnel

                                       1. Head west on I-78 W/Holland Tunnel toward Provost St

                                           Continue to follow I-78 W

1.4 mi

                                       2. Keep right to stay on I-78 W, follow signs for Turnpike/
Interstate 78/ Interstate 95

Toll road

7.9 mi

                                       3. Take the I-95 S exit toward Turnpike S

                                           Toll road

0.7 mi

                                       4. Continue on the ramp and merge onto I-95 S

                                            Toll road

20.5 mi

                                       5. Take exit 9 for NJ-18 toward US-1/New Brunswick/E Brunswick

                                           Toll road

0.7 mi

                                       6. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for NJ-18 S

                                           Toll road

0.2 mi

                                       7. Keep left at the fork and merge onto NJ-18 S

                                           Partial toll road

0.5 mi

                                       8. Turn right onto Eggers St

0.6 mi

                                       9. Turn left onto University Rd

                                           Destination will be on the left

0.4 mi

For those without cars, take the bus out of Port Authority in NYC to the East Brunswick Tower Center stop or take the North East Corridor Line train from Penn Station to New Brunswick, use the express if possible.  In both cases, we will work on arranging to have you picked up from those stations to Hank's place which is a short drive away.  If we know who is coming we'll also try to coordinate car-pooling from New York City.  Call Lou at 347-886-9784 and I'll try my best to work it out.

*** As per our good brother Mike B, please take note of his suggestion if you are taking the bus out of NYC:


"The bus service to the East Brunswick Tower Center is Suburban Transit (Coach USA) and their gates are on the fourth floor (Gates 417 to 420) at Port Authority, NYC.  Check at their ticket booth before you go up to the platform (the ticket booth is on the first floor) to buy your ticket.  I believe it is about $9.00 each way.  Buses depart every half hour on the hour. 

I would recommend the bus service rather than train.  It takes the same amount of time and is closer to Hank's house."


IMPORTANT: For those driving, we need you to bring a folding chair or two.  Hank has a limited number of seats so additional seating would be much appreciated.

This event is free and is made possible by your voluntary dues payment of $25 per year.  If you haven't paid your 2013 dues, now would be a great time to do so via the website or by seeing Lou at the picnic.  If you aren't sure whether you are a 2013 member, just ask!

FYI... if you are a sharp detective (Mike B. you don't count - unfair advantage!) you may have detected a bit of a clue about the Mystery Guest but I will say no more!

This looks to be another great pipe event of the social season, so don't miss it.  Mark your calendars, warn your spouses, and start choosing your best picnic pipes.  See you there!