Indianapolis friends and brethren, please join us tomorrow - Saturday, July 3rd - for Broad Ripple Lodge No. 643's annual Independence Day picnic. This is one of those time-honored Masonic events that has existed since time-immemorial, meaning at least as long as I have been a member.
We will be in Broad Ripple Park at Shelter No. 1 from 11AM until the food runs out, the grills go out, and the kids and dogs pass out. The park is located at 1550 Broad Ripple Avenue (E. 62nd Street).
Broad Ripple Village on Indianapolis' northeast side is named after a large, hook-shaped bend in the White River. At the turn of the previous century, it was the distant suburbs of the city, literally the end of the line for the streetcar. The park was originally an amusement park from 1906 until 1945. Its original 2-acre pool ("the World's Largest!") was the location of Olympic tryouts in 1924, and the area by the river was promoted as a swimming beach.
At one time, a paddlewheel boat ran up and down the river, as well. No remnants of the amusement park remain, but its carousel is now in the Indianapolis Children's Museum.
Broad Ripple Lodge was chartered in 1902.
Come out and see us.