On Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fifteen Masonic Lodges on the Cape and Islands will join lodges across the Commonweatlh in opening their doors to the public. The autumn open house marks an annual celebration of Freemasonry.
Have you ever wondered who the Masons are or what they do? Are you curious about joining or would like to see the inside of a lodge? Saturday offers the public the opportunity to meet with Masons, learn about the organization's many far-reaching community programs and projects and tour a local lodge. More than 220 Masonic Lodges across the state will participate in this day of "enlightenment, education and information," according to a Masonic release.
Visitors to their local lodge will learn about the history of the Masons, the organization's rituals and the many charitable programs the Masons run. Here on Cape Cod, families and children in need have benefited from three widely successful programs that were founded locally, the Masonic Angel Fund and two offshoots of the MAF, Laptops for Kidz and the Beehive Food Program.
The local lodges open to the public Saturday are:
There are nearly 30,000 members of Freemasonry in Massachusetts alone. Freemasonry was founded in London in 1717 and traces its roots back to stonemasons guilds in Medieval Europe. Formally organized in 1733, Massachusetts Freemasonry is the oldest Masonic group in the Western Hemisphere and third oldest in the world. The Masons have counted among their members such historic figures as George Washington, John Hancock, Andrew Jackson and Benjamin Franklin.
For more information about the Freemasons, visit AskAFreemason.org.