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2010 Chicago Pipe Show – Pre-Show Part 2

 

By Bob Tate

I arrived in Chicago on the afternoon of Thursday April 29, to cover The 2010 Chicago Pipe Show held by the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club (CPCC). Kevin picked me up at the airport and we drove back to the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. and I checked into my room. The resort had accidentally booked me in a handicapped room (everything was made shorter to be assessable and I am 6 feet tall) so I had to change rooms and Kevin upgraded me to a suite next to his.

Dowstairs Sitting Area
Dowstairs Sitting Room


TV and Refreshment Area in Sitting Room
TV and Refreshment Area in Sitting Room

Work Area (Upstairs)
Work Area (Upstairs)
King Size Bed
King Size Bed
Gigantic Bathroom
Gigantic Bathroom
The Fountain Outside of the Back Door to Our Suites
The Fountain Outside of the Back Door to Our Suites

 

After I had finished unpacking and freshened up, we headed out for a great dinner at the Harvest restaurant in the resort. After dinner, we went to see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in the resort Theater. It was a quite funny and entertaining show. It had been a long day for us so we decided to head off to bed so we could rest up for a very busy Friday.

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Friday morning we heading down to the Mega Center to check out the Pre-Show activities.

Pre-Show Action
Pre-Show Action

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Some Ardor Pipes for Sale at the Pre-Show
Ardor Pipes for Sale at the Pre-Show
Some Pipes for Sale at one of the Tables at the Pre-Show
Pipes for Sale at one of the Tables at the Pre-Show
A Gorgeous Pipe
A Work of Art
Ready for Customers
Ready for Customers

 

While we were at the Pre-Show, I stopped by the table of John Tolle, President of the North American Society of Pipe Collectors (NASPC), to say hello and to check out what he had available. Among some nice pipes and pipe accessories, John also had some of the older limited edition NASPC pipe tobacco blends made by G.L. Pease Tobacco.

Me and John Tolle, President of NASPC
Me and John Tolle, President of NASPC
Fellowship I - 2007 Limited Edition NASPC Blend
Fellowship I - 2007 NASPC Limited Edition Blend
Fellowship I - 2007 NASPC Limited Edition Blend
Fellowship I - 2007 NASPC Limited Edition Blend
Fellowship II - 2007 NASPC Limited Edition Blend
Fellowship II - 2007 NASPC Limited Edition Blend
Fellowship II - 2007 NASPC Limited Edition Blend
Fellowship II - 2007 NASPC Limited Edition Blend
Blend of the White Hand - 2008 NASPC Limited Edition Blend
Blend of the White Hand - 2008 NASPC Limited Edition Blend

 

We also met and spoke with Gary B. Schrier. Kevin and I both bought a copy of Confessions of a Pipeman and Gary was kind enough to sign each of our copies.

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Gary Schrier, Author of Confessions of a Pipeman
Gary Schrier, Author of Confessions of a Pipeman
Gary Schrier & Kevin Godbee
Gary Schrier & Kevin Godbee

 

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After the Pre-Show, we spent awhile handling various tasks and going over a game plan for the full show on Saturday and Sunday. Later Friday evening, we sat in the smoking tent fraternizing with everybody and smoking the night away. Of course there were quite a few drinks involved.

Kevin (standing) talking with Bob Gilbert, Pipe Maker in the Smoking Tent
Kevin (standing) talking with Pipe Maker Bob Gilbert in the Smoking Tent
Wonderful Aroma of Pipe Smoke
Wonderful Aroma of Pipe Smoke

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Hadley Scott Dressed in Full Scottish Garb
Hadley Scott Dressed in Full Scottish Garb

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Pipe Maker Jeff A. Burt-Gracik of J. Alan Pipes
Pipe Maker Jeff A. Burt-Gracik of J. Alan Pipes
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J. Alan Pipes
J. Alan Pipe
J. Alan Pipe
J. Alan Pipe
J. Alan Pipe
J. Alan Pipe
J. Alan Pipe
Relaxing with a Smoke and a Few Drinks
Relaxing with a Smoke and a Few Drinks

After smoking, drinking, and chatting the night away; we headed for bed. We had to get up early for a busy Saturday which lied ahead. Stay Tuned for More Coverage of the 2010 Chicago Pipe Show!

 

Read more on the 2010 Chicago Pipe Show at the following links:

Chicago Pipe Show 2010 Pre-Show

Chicago Pipe Show 2010 Day 1 Update

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