Joining with Masonic lodges across the Commonwealth, Freemasons who meet across Cape Ann will open their doors to the public on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as part of the 2012 Fall Open House, a statewide celebration of Freemasonry. “If you’ve ever wondered who the Freemasons are, or what the inside of their building looks like, here’s your chance to find out,” local Mason Eric Bergengren said in a prepared statement.
In Gloucester, the Masonic Lodge is located at 27 Eastern Ave., while in Manchester, the lodge is at 10 Church St., behind Town Hall. Officers and members of the Lodges will be present to welcome visitors and prospective members alike. “Cape Ann is especially fortunate to have two very strong Lodges where Masons meet regularly and host a wide variety of community-service efforts,” said Bergengren, who currently serves the Manchester Lodge as Master and is a Past Master of the Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge in Gloucester said.
With the holidays fast approaching, the local Lodges’ service committees kick into high gear, with activities ranging from a free community dinner in Manchester, to the home delivery of Thanksgiving dinners in Gloucester. More than 230 lodges will be hosting Open Houses to help the public gain a better understanding of what Freemasonry is, and the positive impact that it has on its members, their families, and community.
“The 2012 Fall Open House is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about Freemasonry to meet and talk with Masons in their community,” said Richard J. Stewart, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts and the presiding officer of 36,000 members. “Although many have heard of us, very few are aware that for over 275 years we have been part of an unbroken tradition of great men who have changed our world in ways both big and small.”
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