Tuesday, June 5
Speaker: Ted Foss
Tuesday, June 19
Tuesday, July 10
Tuesday, July 31
Cigar Society Garden Party
Host: John H. Nelson
Tuesday, August 14
Location and Topic TBA
Tuesday, August 28
Tuesday, September 11
Tuesday, September 25
Lyric Opera Overview
Thursday, October 11
Cigar Society Fall Dinner
Tuesday, October 23
Topic to be Announced
November 1 and 2
Tuesday, November 13
Topic to be Announced
Topic to be Announced
Tuesday, December 11
Location and Topic TBA
About the Cigar Society
ONE OF THE OLDEST
AND greatest traditions of the University Club is the
discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical,
scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the
company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative
individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial
amounts of tobacco and spirits.
Club Cigar Society embraces this tradition and extends it
with its fortnightly Informal Smokers, monthly
University Series lectures, and quarterly Cigar Society Dinners,
in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes,
appear as an important component of our version of the classical
Smokers meet at the round table in the Tower Club bar.
There are no reservations or cover charges, and each member
signs his own chit for drinks a lá carte. Sometimes a
theme is published in
advance, but the table talk always strays.
The format of the Cigar Society University Series
includes cocktails at 5:15pm, a lecture or reading starting at
5:30 sharp for about thirty minutes, and discussion and more
cocktails to follow.
Premium open bar and light snacks are included in University
Series events; members sign a chit for $30 and guests may pay $40
(inclusive) in cash.
Club and Tower Club members and their guests are invited to all
Cigar Society events.
To be included in
the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the Secretary, Curtis
Tuckey, at email@example.com.
Series, Tuesday, June 5, Tower Club, 5:15 pm
Ted Foss, club member and associate director of the Center for East
Asian Studies at the University of Chicago, will be addressing the Cigar
Society on current scholarship in the field of Jesuits in China.
Cocktails at 5:15, lecture at 5:30, discussion to follow at 6:00. $30
includes open bar and light hors d'oeuvres. Bring your own cigars.
RSVP to Laura Herold, Tower Club
Between 1585 and the end
of the eighteenth century a total of some 600 European men traveled to
China as Jesuit priests and brothers. Debating religion and
philosophy, investigating and describing Chinese culture and society,
carrying out scientific inquiry, translating Chinese texts and
European works into Chinese, and ingratiating themselves
into elite society,
the Jesuits left a lasting record. Among other topics, Professor
Foss will touch on the introduction by Europeans of tobacco into China,
and display a snuff box given by the Jesuits to the Emperor of China. Recommended reading:
Journey to the East: The Jesuit Mission to
Liam Brockey (Harvard Press, 2007), a new book in
the Club library.
Theodore N. Foss
(AB Pomona '72, PhD Chicago '79, University Club '81) is Associate
Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at The University of
Chicago. He previously held positions as Assistant Director of the
Center for East Asian Studies and Lecturer in the Department of
Religious Studies at Stanford University, Co-founder and Associate
Director of the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at
University of San Francisco, and Assistant Professor, Department of
History, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Smoker, June 19, OFFSITE in Lake View
partial preparation for the dark days beginning next
January, when by State Law members of the Cigar Society will be forced to smoke in
the presence of our spouses, children, and household staff rather than in private, well-ventilated
club rooms reserved expressly for this purpose,
club member Augustus V. M. Higginson (California '81) has
graciously invited the Cigar Society to meet at his home on Stratford Place for our next meeting, on June 19, 5-7pm. Mr. Higginson will
provide snacks and copious amounts of gin; for other spirits and drinks
please BYO. There is no charge for this event, but please RSVP to
Curtis Tuckey so that we may
our Last Meeting
Douglas Johnson, the Chicago Croquet Club's Liaison to the Cigar
Society, is leading lessons and group play
for beginners and intermediates on the immaculate lawns of the CCC on
Sundays this summer at 4:00pm.
At our first lesson of the
year, two Sundays ago, we met among high winds, rain, and unseasonably low temperatures,
and were forced immediately into the club
house for cigars and servings of Pimm's Cup. As commodious as this
may sound, it was not without its difficulties.
course we are all used to having to substitute cucumber for borage
leaves in modern versions of the classic Pimm's Cup, but in a rather shocking turn, we were
furthermore obliged, by an unforeseen supermarket shortage, to make do
with a combination of fresh basil smeared with oil of
peppermint in place of actual mint leaves. Mr. Bauman saved
the day by suggesting that
while we might keep the cucumber. we should require a further
substitution of vodka for the Pimm's, tomato juice for the lemonade, and
tabasco sauce for the mint. The final result was a
nontraditional version of Pimm's
cup that everyone enjoyed immensely.
In brilliant contrast to the weather of
our first lesson, the warm sun and
dramatic clouds that attended our second lesson, this last Sunday,
conspired to create a glittering wash of Maxfield Parrish-esque light
that streamed almost palpably through the surrounding trees and across
the magnificent lawns. One could hardly imagine a finer day for
hitting ball toward wicket. As beginners to the game, however,
this was where our troubles began.
chief difficulty I found at first was in managing my flamingo. I
succeeded in getting its body tucked away, comfortably enough, under my
arm, with its legs hanging down, but generally, just as I had gotten its
neck nicely straightened out, and was going to give the hedgehog a blow
with its head, it would twist itself round and look up in my face, with
such a puzzled expression that I could not help pausing for a puff on my
cigar. And when I had gotten its head down, and was going to begin
again, it was very provoking to find that the hedgehog had unrolled
itself, and was in the act of crawling away. Besides all this,
there was generally a ridge or furrow in the way of wherever I wanted to
send the hedgehog. I soon came to the conclusion that it was a
very difficult game, indeed, and were it not for the ever-present drinks
carts, no one could be compelled to play it. On that note, our
next lesson will be Sunday, June 10th, 4-7pm.
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.
"Club members don traditional croquet whites most weekends, although a
bit of color is acceptable during weeknight play."
If you are care to join other members of
the University Club Cigar Society some Sunday on the lawns of the
Chicago Croquet Club,
send email to Douglas Johnson.
See you on the lawn!
Curtis Tuckey, Secretary
My cigar in hand and mallet
Shoulders swinging, forearms steady;
A cocktail at the close of day—
The perfect way to play croquet!
University Club Cigar Society
Officers for 2007.
David O'Connor, Chair. Gerald I. Bauman, Treasurer. Curtis
Tuckey, Secretary. J. Douglas Johnson, Liaison to Chicago
Croquet Club (Honorary).
Jeffrey Dean, Chair of the Subcommittee concerning Pipe Smoking.
Alexander Sherman, Metropolitan Philosopher. Thomas S. O'Brien,
Stentorian. John H. Nelson, Herald.