Good evening everyone. It’s summer, which means one thing – lots of new announcements, changes, and CIGARS to peruse, smoke, and enjoy! I wanted to put out a mention for a few that I’ll be attending this year, and see if anyone out there who happens onto The Cigarmy might be attending as well. There’s nothing like the opportunity to hang out with folks who share the same interests and partake of some great cigars, whether it’s as simple as gathering on a friend’s patio or a giant herf featuring hundreds of like-mined cigar enthusiasts. So, here’s my lineup (so far). There’s a good chance I’ll make my way into a few more before Summer is over…
July 27-28th at Tranquilo Cigars in Melbourne Florida
My wife and I listen to Dogwatch Cigar Radio every Friday night, or via their published podcast if we miss it the live show. In July, they have put together a herf in Melbourne for listeners, or anyone else who would like to hang out and learn. The cost is $35, and you’ll assuredly get more than the price of admission in swag and cigars. On Friday night everyone in the crowd will smoke the Cigar of the Week and the Unbanded cigar along with Bob, Liz, Dale, Craig, and all the other attendees. Monte Pascoal, Miami Cigar & Company, CigarVolante and Panacea Cigars, La Tradicion Cubana,Winston’s Humidor, Lou Rodriquez Cigars andToro y Leon Cigars have signed on to participate in the herf. Also sponsoring the herf is Cigar Journal, Cigar Tourism, CommonWealth Cedar Spills, and the Humidity Bead System (Cigarmony.com, Mark Neff). Special celebrity guest Frank Torre (he played for the Milwaukee Braves (1956–60) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1962–63) will also be on hand. Each registrant will receive a gift bag worth more than the $35 admission fee, including several Cigar of the Week cigars scheduled for future shows. The event will also feature seminars and cigar discussion all day Saturday. It’s an event not to be missed if you can make it. At the very least, even if you can’t make the event you should check out the show in Friday nights at 9:00pm EST. You can tune in and chat if you wish at www.cigarmedia.tv
August 2-6 in Orlando, Florida
IPCPR (International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers) puts on THE tradeshow for the premium tobacco industry every year, and will be conducting the show in Orlando for 2012. This show is limited to retailers, manufacturers, and some media coverage and is not open to the public. However, there will definitely be some evening events that are open to the public (see one of them below). I’m sure if you happen to be in Orlando and frequent some of the more busy cigar shops you’re very likely to see many industry folks. I will be in attendance this year, and will be live blogging throughout the show. Be sure to check in here and via my Twitter feed for announcements during those dates.
August 5th in Orlando, Florida
One of the aftershow parties during IPCPR that IS open to the public is being sponsored by Charmed Leaf and Lou Rodriguez Cigars. It is being held at World of Beer and the $20 ticket entitles you to at least 5 premium boutique cigars, 2 Cigar City Brewery drinks and 1 raffle ticket for cigars and other swag. Confirmed attendees are: Cigar Rights of America, Dion Giolito, Illusione Cigars, Abe Flores, PDR Cigars, Antonio Lam, Reinado Cigars, Gary Griffth, Emilio Cigars, Skip Martin & Mike Rosales, RoMa Craft Cigars, Eddie Ortega, EO Brands, Ernesto Padilla, Padilla Cigars, Dan Tiant, El Tiante Cigars, Lou Rodriguez, Lou Rodriguez Cigars, Frank Herrera, Herrera Cigars/La Caridad Del Cobre, Reynold Benitez, Benitez Cigars, Brad Mayo, Jameson Cigars, Sean Williams, El Primer Mundo Cigars and more. You can find more information at the Charmed Leaf website.
August 23-25th in Chattanooga, Tennessee
CHATWEETUP is being held once again in Chattanooga. This is a gathering of the online cigar community (although everyone is welcome to attend) sponsored by Tiki Bar Online and Stogie Review. Three days of baseball, cigars, and more cigars! This will be the second such gathering, and the first I will be able to attend. Confirmed guests are: Pete Johnson (@tatuajecigars), Tatuaje, Eddie Ortega (@eddieor), Ortega Cigars, Jon Huber (@3barhuber) and Mike Conder (@mikeconder), Crowned Heads, Matt Booth (@Room101Cigars), Room 101 Cigars, Gary Griffith (@EmilioCigar), Emilio Cigars, Clay Roberts (@AJFcigars), AJ Fernandez Cigars, Clint Aaron (@262cigars), 262 Cigars, Sean Williams (@primermundo), El Primer Mundo Cigars, Nada and Jeff Jumper (@NadiCigars), Nadi Cigars, Steven Ysidron (@Live4), Epicurean Cigars, Frank Herrera (@cigarlaw), Herrera Cigars / La Caridad del Cobre, Michael Herklots (@MichaelHerklots), Nat Sherman, Skip Martin (@RoMaCraft), RoMa Craft, George Rodrigo (@RODRIGOcigars), Rodrigo Cigars, Jason Wood (@MiamiCigar) & Barry Stein (@MCCBarry), Miami Cigar & Co., Dave Lafferty (@Drew_Estate_Dav), Drew Estate, Wayne Suarez, A. Fuente, A Member of the Padron Family, Fred Rewey (@Godfadr), Nomad Cigar Company. Tickets are available at the Tiki Bar Online, limited to 300 tickets, and include a multipack of cigars, Tshirt, a tasting of some fine Tennessee spirits, a raffle ticket, a discount card good all weekend at Burns Tobacconist, and dinner Saturday. The ticket price is $40 for the first 100 purchasers in advance, $45 after the first 100, and $50 day of event if available. There is also a scheduled trip to a local baseball game available at a separate cost of $20.
I hope you’ll all make it a point to get out and enjoy this hobby of ours every chance you get…on your patios, your friends’ patio, your local brick & mortar shop, or at organized gatherings such as these. The camaraderie found in cigar smoking is founded on shared interests and fellowship. Take advantage of it!