Events like this used to be more common than they are these days, so I wanted to call attention to it.
Moosup Lodge 113 (one of my favorite town names) in Moosup, Connecticut is conferring a Master Mason degree in an operative stone quarry on Saturday, August 19th, 2017. The lodge will be officially opened in their Temple's lodge room shortly before 4:00PM, and immediately called to refreshment. A picnic will then start at 4:00PM at the nearby Moosup Little League Complex and playground on Lions Drive.
At 5:15, the brethren will caravan to the quarry and the lodge will reconvene there for the degree. Labor will resume at 6:00PM for the first section. At its conclusion, the lodge will pause at refreshment and torches will be lit for the second section, which will commence at 7:45. Five brethren are expected to be raised during the evening, and the lodge is expected to be closed around 10:30.
Attendees are cautioned to wear appropriate clothing and especially rugged footwear—there is no dress code for the evening, as long as you're comfortable. You are also advised to bring a lawn chair or cushion for the evening, mosquito repellant, and any cooler you might wish to have on hand, as there will be no services available at the site. The lodge will have 100 aprons on hand for the use of members and visitors. You are welcome to bring your own in case there is a shortage, but caution is urged if your apron is especially fragile, decorative, or sentimental, because of the rough, outdoor conditions.
Take note: there is NO rain date! Updates will be posted on the lodge's Facebook page HERE.
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The picnic itself is by reservation only and will be limited to just 100 attendees. You must contact the lodge Secretary, WB Brian Keith, at 860-564-8807 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and for more detailed information and instructions.
Moosup Lodge 113 is located at 69 Prospect St, Moosup, CT 06354. The community is actually a borough in the town of Plainfield, CT. For those coming from out of town, there are close hotels in Killingly, Danielson, and Griswold, and it is 20 minutes from both the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos in case your spouse or partner wants to play while you are busy Masoning.
(Top image from 2009's event. H/T Jim Verge)