The Conclave Of Richmond Pipe Smokers, C.O.R.P.S. (pronounced “CORE” like the Marine Corps), is a non-profit organization, founded for its members and the public to learn about and enjoy the Ancient & Honorable Art & Sport of Pipe Smoking; and to educate and communicate all positive aspects thereof. We also, as much as possible, support Richmond area children’s charities with funds beyond our operating expenses. Membership is open to any person or organization interested in any aspect of the Art & Sport. A dues or sponsorship payment is required (currently $25 per year for individuals).
We meet monthly in a social meeting, with some limited business, to enjoy one another’s company for dinner, drink and sharing our love of pipes and tobaccos. The meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of the month, but the day, time and location will vary. See below for the location of the next meeting. An irregular e-newsletter is issued, which provides meeting info, hobby happenings, literature, art and the like.
All About Dunhill
Was Alfred Dunhill the actual model for James Bond in Ian Fleming’s novels? Did he really have a multi-year long affair with Marilyn Monroe though he was old enough to be her ancestor? Was Herman Goering Dunhill’s best customer at the Paris store?
Come find the answers to these and other burning questions during a presentation given by Michael Malone, a one time sales manager of Alfred Dunhill, Ltd., back in the last century. Discover some of the company’s history, strategies, successes and failures as they moved from being the premiere pipes maker of the world, and leading supplier of personal masculine luxury goods, to a minor niche in the tobacco industry today.
Many examples will be shown, but alas no samples distributed, and much of what you will hear will be truth.
Tuesday, May 19th. at the Brass Monkey…begin around 6p…until? Good food, librations and DUNHILL “secrets exposed”.
CORPS – hosted a Lane-Scandinavian Tobacco Tasting event April 21st., 2015
Joyce Beck, Regional Account Manager for the Scandinavian Tobacco Group, the parent company of Lane Ltd., gave a talk about tobacco blending and displayed several jars of blending tobaccos which were unlabeled. All who wanted to try their hand at it were able to approach the table and choose by smell and texture, and/or discussion with others, which tobaccos and what percentages to mix for their personal blend. Most gave their blend a try in their pipes and were actually pleased. A few said they should have added a pinch more or less of this or that but overall it appears that we have some pretty savvy tobacco guys. Ms. Beck was extended ‘Honorary’ club membership, given a Corps membership pin, and invited to return on a regular basis, since who lives here in the Richmond area.
Lane, Ltd provided some nice door prizes with the “Big” prize going to Chris Ford. Congratulations Chris!
CORPS – Old Virginia Tobacco Co. hosted a Peterson event March 18th, 2015
If you weren’t there, you missed a great event at the Old Virginia Tobacco Company in Carytown (their Richmond store). Over 100 different, really nice Peterson pipes were on sale at a great discount and all of the great Peterson tobaccos were available. Displayed by the Peterson representative, who was accompanied by the Sales Manager for OVTC, we got answers to all of our pipe and tobacco questions. Plus, special deals on all the pipes in one other display case. We had about 17 Corps members attend and they really got some beautiful pipes. I turned around to take a second look at two nice Charatan pipes and they were gone; maybe next time. It was a good event for both us and OVTC. It pays to be an active Corps member. We hope to see you at our next meeting.