Society Dinner, Thursday, October 12
reserve your place now for the club's New World Cigar Dinner,
which is to be held on
October 12, Columbus Day (next Thursday). The theme is The New
World's Contribution to Eating, Drinking, and Smoking. The dinner
will feature cigar smoking during each course (BYO), multiple courses based
on old- and new-world comestibles, and matching tequilas. Hors
d'oeuvres at 5:30, dinner at 6:15. RSVP this week to Ms. Lewis. ($59 )
blessing this smoking is! Perhaps the greatest that we owe to the
discovery of America." —Sir Arthur Helps.
Suggested reading for this day is Helps's
Life of Columbus
(1869), available free of charge from the Gutenberg Project.
with chiles* and tomatoes*
Grilled pear salad with candied black walnuts*
Lamb chops, potatoes*, squash*, fall vegetables
Chocolate* lava cake with toffee sauce
Don Julio 1492 tequila*
Coffee and mignardises with vanilla* and allspice*
Yonan, violinist, Wednesday, October 18
Classical Music Society hosts violinist and club member David
Wednesday, October 18, at the Tower Club. Wine and cheese at
5:00, performance at 5:15. ($12 ) Cigars to follow
in the Tower Club bar at 6:15. RSVP to
Ms. Lewis for the performance.
Mr. YONAN writes, "This concert will
feature a variety of works, including John Adams's 'Road Movies,'
Ravel's 'Tzigane,' Bach's partita for unaccompanied violin (BWV 1004),
which includes the famous 'Chaconne' in D minor, and Gershwin's 'Porgy
and Bess Fantasy.' I'll be accompanied by a pianist of
extraordinary caliber, 21-year old Sergiy Komirenko, currently a student
at Northwestern University, and I will be performing on an extraordinary
violin by Giuseppe Testore, on generous loan from Machold Rare Violins,
Night, Thursday, November 2
The University Club Fight Nights,
this year on November 2 and 3, are
the preeminent cigar and boxing events of the city. Cocktails and hors
d'oeuvres at 6:00, dinner at 7:00, Golden Gloves boxing at 8:30. Black
tie. ($150. )
If you are interested in sitting with the Cigar Society on
Thursday, November 2, write to
To reserve your own table for November
2, or to
reserve places for November 3, RSVP to
our last meeting...
On one of the last days of the summer,
Douglas JOHNSON, founder and former president of the Chicago Croquet
Club, and currently our liaison to the Union League Club, gave basic
croquet lessons amidst scotch and cigars. Mr. Johnson writes,
"Chicago is blessed with two tournament
six-wicket croquet courts and an adjoining clubhouse, which are bordered
by the 59th Street Beach on one side and Jackson Park on the other.
It is a resort-like setting that cries out for Panama hats, pewter
flasks, and fine cigars.
"The facility was originally built
by the city for lawn bowling in the late 1920’s. The Lakeside Lawn
Bowling Club thrived for decades with a membership in the hundreds until
it was all but shut down by Mayor Harold Washington, who regarded the
club as elitist. Mayor Daley later reinstalled the fencing that
surrounds the club, and in 2001, yours truly somehow convinced the city
to make the courts dual use with six-wicket croquet. While the
lawns and clubhouse are park property, the lawn bowling and croquet
clubs control the access to the lawns in order to preserve the playing
surface and secure the clubhouse.
croquet whites most weekends, although a bit of color is acceptable
during weeknight play. On top of everything else the lawns are
lighted for night play.
"I have promised Mr. TUCKEY
that if we can come up with six new members I will include a four-week
strategy and shot-making class beginning in June as part of the
membership. The dues are kept staggeringly low; I believe the 2007 tab
will be about $150 for the year. Membership includes keys
to the clubhouse, all necessary equipment, membership in the United
States Croquet Association, invitations to all club social events, and
so on. The 2007 memberships will be sold at a discount at our annual
party next month. Details to follow." —Douglas JOHNSON
are scheduled for October 12 (the "New World" Cigar Society
Dinner, Tower Club), October 24 (Talisker Scotch Tasting, Tower
Club), November 2 (Fight Night, University Club), Tuesdays, November 14
and Thursday, December 14
(Informal Smokers, Tower Club).