I love this time of year. Any day now, the oppressive southern Summer heat will break and make way for my favorite time of year, Fall! The crispness in the air, light breezes, and cooler weather all encourage me to smoke more out of doors. Nashville gets this weather a bit earlier than we do along the Gulf Coast, so I can't wait to get to Music City, USA for the 2016 Nashville Pipe Gathering!
Rising from the ashes of the Nashville Pipe Show which was unfortunately cancelled this year, many of us in the Pipe Community have decided that fellowship is more important than consumerism, and have chosen to still use that weekend (9/22-9/24) to have a good old fashioned pipe meetup! But don't worry: There will still be plenty of pipes and tobaccos available as we visit a few of the local smoke shops. Nashville's own Southern Fried Pipe Club has taken on the planning and scheduling duties, and we have quite the itinerary! As of this posting, here is what is currently on the books:
Thursday, 9/22 - 6-11 PM - Smoker's Abbey
Friday, 9/23 - AM (tbd) - Caffeine Crawl - local Nashville coffee shops
Friday, 9/23 - 12-5 PM - Briarworks - Pipe Shop Tour - including free lunch while it lasts
Friday, 9/23 - 5:30-9 PM - UPtown's Smoke Shop - Special Ticketed Event (tbd)
Saturday, 9/24 - 10 AM - 5 PM - UPtown's Smoke Shop - Nashville Pipe Gathering
Saturday, 9/24 - 6-11 PM - Smokey Cigar 2 - After Party
Please keep in mind that places and times are subject to change, so be sure to check the following official webpage for updates:
I attended the Nashville Pipe Show in 2014 and again in 2015, and it was a highlight of those years for me. And while the Pipe Show was always fun, it was really just an excuse to drive several hours to Nashville to hang out with like-minded pipe smokers, which is something I rarely get to do in my neck of the woods. Sharing tobaccos, swapping stories, having some laughs, and just being together is what makes this weekend special to me. If you're able to make it for any or all of these dates, I strongly encourage you to do so! Seek me out and shake my hand--I'd be honored to meet you! And I just may have a little Pipe Nook Swag to give away...
Keep 'em lit,
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