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Cigars 101: History of the Leaf

  • Class Type: Personal Enrichment
  • Location: Hastings
  • Start Date: October 04, 2022
  • Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Did you know that a century ago, Hastings produced over five million cigars a year? Or that on average 124 different people handle the tobacco 3,400 to craft a fine handmade cigar? The history of cigars goes back to the ancient Mayans and remains a popular and growing luxury experience today. John Silvester, Nebraska’s only certified retail tobacconist, and Paul Hamelink, owner of Paul’s Cigar Lounge, will introduce you to the history of tobacco and cigars. One cigar will be included as a teaching aid for class members to learn how to cut, light and smoke a cigar. Participants must be 21 or older.


Class Details

  • Instructor: John Silvester and Paul Hamelink
  • Cost: $39
  • Address:
    201 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • Location: Paul’s Cigar Lounge


For more information, contact Lorna Pritchard at 402-461-2431; toll-free in Nebraska at 1-877-222-0780, ext. 2431; or She also will take your registration if you prefer not to register online.

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