January 21, 2021 – Manchester Lodge 100th Anniversary (and 1,000th meeting)!
Just over 100 years ago, in December of 1920, The Manchester Masonic Lodge was presented its charter and on January 21st, 1921, it held its first official meeting. On that special night, Manchester’s first Master, Worshipful George F. Cooke, rapped the gavel and began our history in Manchester by the Sea. Also in attendance was the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, Arthur D. Prince, who presented to the Lodge the candle setting that you see in this video below.
On January 21st, 2021, 100 years to the day, the officers of Manchester Lodge gathered to commemorate our 100th anniversary, which also happened to be our 1,000th meeting. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, our sidelines were quiet, but this was tempered by the knowledge that we will have a grand and more appropriate celebration later in the year. Under normal circumstances, the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, Most Worshipful Richard Maggio, District Deputy, Right Worshipful Neal P. Packard, as well as many Brothers from the surrounding area, would have been in attendance to help us celebrate this great and important event. They too, will help us celebrate this sublime occasion later in the year.
As part of this quiet, and somewhat poignant celebration, the Worshipful Master of Manchester Lodge, Worshipful Christopher J. Thomas, re-lit the 100-year-old candle in honor of those who are no longer with us, our current brothers around the world, and our future brothers that have not yet knocked on the door of Freemasonry. The flame of these candles represents the light that guides all of us down our Fraternal path.
Congratulations Manchester Lodge on 100 years.
December 11, 2019 – Manchester Lodge Community Christmas Dinner
The Manchester Lodge hosted its annual Community Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, December 11th. With over 60 guests attending, the evening was a huge success. Once again, the kitchen crew served a delicious meal including roast beef, roast turkey, and all the fixings. Attendees enjoyed live Christmas music as well as the opportunity to catch up with friends and family. We would like to thank those of you that attended and we wish you a healthy and happy new year!
October 19, 2019 – Manchester Lodge Open House
In conjunction with Masonic Lodges across the state, on Saturday, October 19, Mount Tabor Lodge & Manchester Lodge hosted the 2019 Manchester Lodge Open House at 10 Church Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea. The Masonic Open Houses are intended to allow interested members of the community an opportunity to tour the Masonic building, hear about our history and what it means to be a Mason, discover the meanings behind Masonry’s many symbols, and to find out what it takes to become a Mason. In addition to providing information about the Fraternity, the Lodge provided a No-Cost Flu Shot Clinic
in partnership with CVS Pharmacy at 6 Thatcher Road, Gloucester, MA, a Dog & Puppy Meet & Greet, courtesy of Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA, and free Ice Cream from Sweet Treats, Danvers, MA, and Face Painting.
August 10, 2019 – Allepo Shriners – Essex 250th Anniversary Parade
Residence of Essex, Mass, and surrounding communities were treated to a spectacular display of fun and laughter from the Allepo Shriners and the Shriner Clowns- Aleppo Shrine Clown Unit who performed in the Essex, Mass 250th Anniversary Parade. Personally, one of the highlights for me was seeing the Aleppo Shriners award-winning cycle unit in action. Spectacular! (Note: A few of these photos were sourced from the Aleppo Shriners Clown Unit FB page.)
August 10, 2019 – Annual Building Association Fundraising Clambake
Manchester Lodge and Mount Tabor Lodge gratefully hosted fellow Brethren of the 10th District to its Annual Building Association Fundraising Clambake on Saturday, August 10th. Special guests included members of the Allepo Shriners who marched in the Essex, Mass 250th Anniversary Parade (photos above). Members of Manchester Lodge and Mount Tabor Lodge prepared and served a tremendous fare that included Steamed Clams, Lobster, Steak, Chicken, Salad, and Beverages.
June 25, 2019 – 10th Masonic District Lodge of Instruction
Manchester Lodge was proud to host the 10th Masonic District Lodge of Instruction on Tuesday, June 25th. The highlight of the evening was a photo presentation and talk delivered by Dr. Eli Davidyan DMD. When he is not practicing at his office in Beverly, MA, Dr. Davidyan enjoys traveling the world, spreading dental awareness in countries with poor or no dental care. He has traveled to many lesser-developed regions including Mongolia, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Jamaica, and Morocco on dental missions where he and other like-minded colleagues provide pro bono dental maintenance and surgery to people that would otherwise suffer from dental pain and/or loss of teeth.
February 11, 2019 – Annual Beanpot Tournament
Members of Mount Tabor and Manchester Lodge were treated to a “subsidized” evening of great hockey at the Boston Garden courtesy of Mount Tabor Lodge. Northeastern ended up as the Beanpot tournament champions for the second straight season after defeating Boston College 4-2.
December 12, 2018 – Annual Community Christmas Dinner
The Manchester Lodge hosted its annual Community Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, December 12th. With over 60 guests attending, the evening was a huge success. Once again, the kitchen crew served a delicious meal including roast beef, roast turkey, and all the fixings. Attendees enjoyed live Christmas music as well as the opportunity to catch up with friends and family. We would like to thank those of you that attended and we wish you a healthy and happy new year!
November 28, 2018 – Meeting at Grand Lodge with Mount Tabor
Manchester Lodge is very grateful to Mount Tabor Lodge for the invitation to join them at their annual meeting at Grand Lodge in Boston on November 28th. This special meeting was held in the Ionic Hall on the 5th floor of this historic building. Significant highlights of the evening included RW. Bergengren presiding over the Manchester Lodge officer installation ceremony and a tremendous group dinner held at Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill after the meeting.
October 20, 2018 – Annual Open House & “Touch-a-Truck” Event
We would like to thank the members of the community that came out yesterday to support the Manchester Masonic Lodge by participating in its Annual Open House and Touch-a-Truck event.
Special thanks and gratitude go out to the businesses and town departments that participated. This event would not have happened were it not for the generous support in both time and valuable equipment from the Manchester Fire Department (Jim Doucette was absolutely the best! Patiently answering all sorts of questions for visitors, working with the kids as they filed by the ladder truck, and just being there with a great smile and positive attitude. Greatly appreciated.), David Ellis and the Mass Mudders 4×4 Club of Gloucester, John Filias and Jeffreys Creek Land Contractors, Joe and Tom Pallazola and Pallazola Brothers Landscaping, and the Manchester Police Department.
September 17, 2018 – Manchester Lodge Meeting with DDGM
On Monday, September 17th, Manchester Lodge welcomed the District Deputy Grand Master of the 10th District. The photos below highlight the welcoming of the DDGM’s Suite.
August 15, 2018 – Music in the Park with “East Coast Soul”
Manchester and Mount Tabor Masonic Lodges were very happy to support Wednesday’s Music in the Park event featuring East Coast Soul. This was the last show of the season and it turned out to be a wonderful night. The Manchester Masons provided FREE Hot Dogs, chips and drinks to everyone in attendance. Special thanks goes out to Scott Van Dyke of Mount Tabor Lodge for manning the grill all evening. Once the count was in we found that he had achieved a hot dog cooking ratio of 10:3 over Manchester’s Master Mason Todd Crane, and performed the work of 4 Mount Tabor Masons single-handedly.
July 1, 2018 – 2nd Annual Lobster-Fest by the Sea
Many thanks to all of you that supported the Manchester Essex Robotics Team this year by attending the 2nd Annual Lobster-Fest hosted by the Manchester Masons. As expected, the turnout was great and the food and music spectacular. This year, we started the dinner off with a special treat of large plates of steamed mussels before rolling into the usual menu of steamed clams and an entree-of-choice (lobster, steak or chicken). Please enjoy these photos of this years event and we look forward to seeing you again next July!
May 12, 2018 – Manchester Masons Comedy Night
Thank you to everyone who came out on this night to support the Manchester Essex High School Robitics Team, 2084 Robots by the C and the Manchester Masons. Also, many thanks to Scamps Comedy Productions and specifically Dave Rattigan for a great set of comedy and his help in setting up and promoting the event.
March 23, 2018 – North Shore Cornerstone Club 1st Annual Cigar Night
The North Shore Cornerstone Club held its 1st annual Cigar Night at the Manchester Masonic Lodge on March 23rd. An exceptional prime rib dinner, prepared by Todd Crane, was enjoyed by a large group of Brothers and guests. Many thanks go out to Dave Lapointe, Howard Scott Van Dyke along with other members of Mount Tabor lodge that worked very hard to pull this together. This event truly exemplified the camaraderie of Freemasonry and the positive feedback from those that attended will most certainly result in this being an event not to be missed in the future. I know I am looking forward to next years dinner.
December 11, 2017 – Community Christmas Party and Dinner
The Manchester Masons hosted dinner for over 60 members of the community on Monday December 11th. Worshipful Master Todd Crane prepared a spectacular meal consisting of Roast Beef and Roast Turkey accompanied by “all the fix’ns”.
December 8, 2017 – Community Blood Drive
Thank you to those of you that dropped by to donate or to assist the American Red Cross team. Your help is greatly appreciated!
November 2, 2017 – The Open Door in Gloucester, MA
Cape Ann Masons volunteer at The Open Door Community Meals in Gloucester. Amazing home baked pies courtesy of Julie Geary of Classic Cooks catering.
July 2, 2017 – Lobster Fest by the Sea – July 2nd
The Manchester Masonic Lodge, a major supporter of The Manchester-Essex Robotics Team “Team 2084”, invited the team, their families and the Manchester Essex community to a Lobster and Clambake on July 2nd. The Masons sponsored the event held at the Manchester Lodge on 10 Church Street and donated net proceeds to the team. The 2017 event included a choice of lobster, chicken or steak, served with steamers, corn on the cob, salad and dessert and a children’s menu with a choice of hamburgers and hot dogs. In addition, entertainment was provided by Brian Alex, singer/songwriter and guitarist of Entrain.
December 10, 2016 – Manchester/Mount Tabor Blood Drive
On Saturday, December 10, the Mount Tabor and Manchester Masons teamed up to host a community blood drive at the Manchester Lodge. As an added bonus, they served up a tremendous breakfast to those that dropped by to donate or provide assistance to this important cause.
June 29, 2016 – Open House & Touch a Truck Event
The Manchester Touch a Truck is going strong after more than a decade! The trucks are fabulous, the crew and officers even more so as they chat with children, allow the children to get on an din the vehicles, see different emergency vehicles in a safe and calm setting (not how most children experience them) and provide a wonderful photo opportunity for parents and grandparents as well as a great community spirit!
The Manchester Fire Department usually provides an ambulance, an extensive hook and ladder (which is a thrill to see the ladder go up to a third story height!) Police often provide a cruiser, an ATV beach vehicle, and a motorcycle and the DPW will be sending the sidewalk tractor, a Dump Truck and Front End Loader!
The Children’s Room provides the lemonade and cookies, as well as Volunteens who work the free refreshment table. This event kicks off our summer of great fun and ties in beautifully with the Summer Reading Theme: Dig into Reading!