The Pipe Club of Lebanon

 

 

Events

 

 

18/2/2017: The 10th International Pipe Smoking Day (IPSD) Celebration at the PCoLeb

 

Warm greetings to all pipesmokers from the co-creators of the IPSD!

 

 

IPSD 2017

 

 

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20/2/2016: The 9th International Pipe Smoking Day (IPSD) Celebration at the PCoLeb

 

A warm salute to all pipesmokers of the world from the co-creators of the IPSD!

 

 

 

IPSD 2016

 

 

IPSD 2016

 

 

 

 

21/2/2015: The 8th International Pipe Smoking Day celebration at the PCoLeb


As co-creators of the IPSD in 2008, we are proud, once again, to raise our pipes in honour of the noble art of pipesmoking.


A friendly salute to all pipesmokers of the world!


IPSD 2015



IPSD 2015



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IPSD 2015





12/10/2014: The PCoLeb participates in the 13th World Championship in Pipesmoking in Cologne, Germany


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Patrick, Fares, Paul, and Salim at the 13th World Championship in Pipesmoking in Cologne, Germany, October 12, 2014


Paul Jahshan, Fares Irani, Salim Khoury, and Patrick Georgevitch represented the Pipe Club of Lebanon in Cologne, Germany, at the 13th World Championship in Pipesmoking organized by the CIPC (Comité International des Pipe Clubs) along with 340 participants from all over the world. Thanks to Cornelius Crans, President of the CIPC, and to Kurt Eggemann, President of the Pipe Club of Cologne, for organizing this event! The official video of the competition can be found on YouTube here.


Our scores:

Fares: 52:30 (ranking: 117/340)
Paul: 40:40 (ranking: 219/340)
Salim: 36:42 (ranking: 266/340)
Patrick: 34:50 (ranking: 278/340)


Again, we were the first and only club from the Middle East/North Africa to participate, so that's good enough for us! Below are some photos of the event and of our short stay in Cologne.



Wolkenburg
The Wolkenburg, a historical hall, where the competition was held


Cologne Pipe

The competition's pipe, made by Gigi, and the tobacco, Germains Mixture #7


Cologne Hall

The competition hall


Fares Cologne
Our winner, Fares, in the competition hall

Cologne Presidents
The Annual General Meeting of the clubs' presidents (Paul is the man in yellow)

Peter Heinrich
With Peter Heinrichs, the wonderful owner of the Cologne pipe shop "The House of Ten Thousand Pipes"

Cologne Cathedral
With our fellow pipesmokers and friends from Poland in front of the Kölner Dom ("Cologne Cathedral")

Cologne restaurant
Enjoying some German food and the famous Cologne beer, the Kölsch




22/2/2014: The 7th International Pipe Smoking Day celebration at the PCoLeb



The 7th IPSD, which the Pipe Club of Lebanon helped create, was held, as usual, at Paul's place. Lots of food and drinks, and lots of smoke. This year's event was marked by the attendance of our good friend from the Pipe Club of Greece, George Ketselides.


IPSD

From left to right, standing: Marc, Tarek, Issam, Mohamad, Harvey, Paul, George, Patrick, Fares; sitting: Peter, Antoine, Oliver


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IPSD

With the ladies

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23/2/2013: The 6th IPSD celebration at the PCoLeb


This year's celebration was marked by the creation of a big glass shield bearing the arms of the club, courtesy of our glass master Fares Irani.

As always, a mix of good food, plenty of drinks, and billowing smoke everywhere made this 6th IPSD a memorable event.




IPSD Dinner




6th IPSD 



Club founders



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18/2/2012: The PCoLeb celebrates the fifth International Pipe Smoking Day

Lots of food, drink, and smoke, as usual!



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19/2/2011: The PCoLeb celebrates the fourth International Pipe Smoking Day!


This year's IPSD was held at Paul's house. Snacks and refreshments were served, and the club members, as they were savouring prime tobacco in their pipes, went over the year's achievements and brainstormed about things to do for 2011.



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26/9/2010: Pedro Romero-Auyanet's stamps for the Pipe Club of Lebanon

 

Another welcome goodie from Pedro, our dear member from Canarias:

 

 

 

 

 

 

25/9/2010: The Formosa Pipe Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is holding its 3rd anniversary

 

Details in this poster:

 

 

 

 

 

 

20/2/2010: The PCoLeb celebrates the third International Pipe Smoking Day!

 


This year's IPSD fell on a Saturday, which was a very good excuse to have everybody out to a restaurant. "Zahr el-Laymoon," or "Orange Blossoms," was chosen as the ideal place for the members and their partners: nicely situated, quiet, not too expensive and, most importantly, famous for its superlative food. At around 21:00, everyone was there, and pipes were eagerly filled as the "meza" dishes (the famous Lebanese appetizers) were brought in. Water pipes ("arghiles") were also ordered, and cigars were lit. At around 23:00, when the grilled meat and chicken were served, the members were still smoking strong (some were filling their third bowl). Below are some photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/10/2009: The PCoLeb participates in the World Cup in Pipe Smoking in Debrecen, Hungary

 

Paul Jahshan, Salim Khoury, Marc Haddad, and Richard Chammas represented the Pipe Club of Lebanon in Debrecen, Hungary, at the World Cup in Pipe Smoking organized by the CIPC (Comité International des Pipe Clubs) along with more than 250 participants from all over the world. Although the scores were below what we expected to do (Paul: 24 mins, Richard: 25 mins, Marc: 34 mins, and Salim: 40 mins), we were told by the organizers that, since 1969, we are the first and only club from the Middle East/North Africa to participate, so that's an honour enough, regardless of our times! Below are some photos of the event.

 

 

Competitors get ready in the Golden Bull Hotel's lobby

 

 

A fellow participant from Denmark was kind enough to allow us to take his photo in full regalia

 

 

The Four Musketeers!

 

 

The competition room a few minutes before the start

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

9/10/2009: The PCoLeb participates in the Académie Internationale de la Pipe's annual conference at the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest

 

Paul Jahshan, as a new member of the Académie Internationale de la Pipe, was invited to participate in an academic conference on pipes (the history, excavations, and design of clay, meerschaum, and briar pipes) to be held at the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest, October 7-10. Other members of the PCoLeb registered for the conference: Salim Khoury, Marc Haddad, and Richard Chammas, along with Paul's wife, Raymonda. The conference included the presentation of papers (Paul's paper was entitled "The Changing Representations of Tobacco and Pipe Smoking in the Old and New Worlds between the 17th and 19th Centuries"), visits to museums, a guided tour of Blaskovitch Museum, about 100 kms from Budapest, and a trip to Debrecen, 200 kms from Budapest, to attend the opening of the World Cup in Pipe Smoking on October 11. Our host and conference organizer, Dr Anna Ridovics from the National Museum, did a wonderful job, and made everybody's stay so much more fruitful and enjoyable.

 

 

On a bridge above the Duna (Danube) with Pest on the right, and Buda on the left (hence, Buda-Pest!)

 

 

A view of the Palace in Buda

 

 

The Parliament in Pest

 

 

A street in Buda

 

 

Pipes in the Blaskovitch Museum

 

 

Pipes in the Debrecen Museum

 

 

Paul being formally accepted as a member of the AIP at the Hungarian National Museum along with other new members

 

 

In a restaurant in Budapest

 

 

Same as above, with members of the AIP

 

 

The Hungarian National Museum, where the conference was held

 

 

One of hundreds of meerschaum pipes on display in the Hungarian National Museum

 

 

Paul reading his paper at the conference, with Dr Ridovics seated on the left

 

 

Outside the conference room

 

 

Enjoying giants mugs of beer in Budapest!

 

 

 

 

20/2/2009: The PCoLeb celebrates the second International Pipe Smoking Day!

 

On this second year of the IPSD, the meeting and dinner were held at Fares' place. After a presentation on Peterson pipes and a discussion of the coming publications and activities of the PCoLeb, pipes were lit and various fragrant aromas quickly filled the place. When, much later, visibility was regained, food was promptly ordered and voraciously taken care of. Then time came for another round of discussions on sundry matters, punctuated by the cracking of matches as pipes were relighted. All present raised their pipes to their overseas brethren and sisters and wished the best to all lovers of the briar.

 

 

 

(from left to right: Harout, Tarek, Elie, Oliver, Paul, Marc, Salim, Fares, and Jihad)

 

 

 

23/2/2008: The PCoLeb celebrates the first International Pipe Smoking Day!

 

Drinks and dinner were served at Paul's house on Saturday, February 23, in celebration of the first-ever IPSD. Pipes were then promptly removed from their boxes and leather cases, and heavy tobacco smoke, ranging from English mixtures to sweet aromatics, soon filled the sitting room. A brand new box of W. O. Larsen's "Old Fashioned Pipe Tobacco" was opened by Elie Seif and went the round of appreciative comments. Pipes were raised (see photo #2 below) to the pipesmoking brother/sisterhood, wherever they may be, and new projects were discussed, among them a book (details are still kept secret!) and upcoming brochures. All members wish their best to all pipesmokers and are looking forward to next year's celebration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

(from left to right: Fares, Elie, Salim, Oliver, Jihad, Rick, Paul, Gihad, Tarek, and Marc)

 

 

 

20/1/2008: The International Pipe Smoking Day is officially part of every pipesmoker's calendar!

 

After months of hard work, the Pipe Club of Lebanon, the Smokers Forum (http://www.smokersforums.org/), the Vancouver Pipe Club (http://www.vancouverpipeclub.com/), and the Global Pipe Smokers Forum (http://com4.runboard.com/btheglobalpipesmokersforum) are very proud to announce to the pipesmoking world that a dedicated day, February 20th of every year, has been officially set aside as the "International Pipe Smoking Day" to honour, celebrate, and perpetuate the noble and ancient art of pipesmoking.

 

Other than having a day in the year "just for us," the International Pipe Smoking Day (IPSD) will also be the occasion when the ancestral and much-revered traditions of pipe raising and tobacco exchanging are practiced.

 

Indeed, we are asking that all pipesmokers raise their pipes on February 20th in a symbolic gesture of brotherhood and sisterhood with all other pipesmokers in the world, thus expressing the peaceful, pacifist, generous, and tolerant principles of true pipesmoking. We are also asking that pipesmokers kindly send, within their abilities, a symbolic token consisting of a few pinches of tobacco to other pipesmokers or other pipe clubs in the world. In order to strengthen the bonds between pipesmokers, we encourage this symbolic gesture to be directed at as distant or less-known clubs as possible. Finally, we are asking that pipesmokers use February 20th to meet with like-minded persons and engage in discussions related to the lore of pipesmoking. In a word, let this be our day!

 

A webpage has been created for the IPSD at http://www.ipsd.eu/ and the pdf version of the announcement can be found below.

 

The International Pipe Smoking Day Brochure

 

 

 

New! Pedro Romero-Auyanet has just created the following wallpapers in commemoration of the IPSD. Click here to download the full set!

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

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