On Saturday, August 20, 2011, Masons from throughout the state descended on the towns of Franklin, Tilton and Canterbury. Their purpose was to participate in an event coined “3-D Masonry”; the three degrees, presented in one day, by three different Lodges, from three different Districts.
The day got off to a successful start with over 60 brothers watching Meridian Lodge #60 (District 7) confer the Entered Apprentice Degree, with an assist from Bristol’s Union Lodge #79. The road then led to Doric Center Lodge #20 (District 8) where the attendance grew to nearly 70 members who observed the Fellow Craft Degree. A filling cookout followed, giving the brethren from across New Hampshire and visiting brethren from Massachusetts and Maine an opportunity to rest and refresh. A quick trip over to Canterbury found 75 members in attendance at the Horace Chase Lodge #72 (District 4) outdoor Master Mason degree, where they saw a former State Master Councilor of NH DeMolay (congratulations Brother Aznive!) raised by his own father, receiving his degree from a team of Past Masters of Horace Chase Lodge. This event was also a key element of Horace Chase Lodge’s celebration of its 150th anniversary.
Many things tied the day together and created a memorable event. At all three Degrees the Lodge was called to order and governed by the Grand Master’s personal gavel, which he carried to each of the Lodges and loaned to each Master (thank you Grand Master!). The three ruffians of the Third Degree were the three District Deputy Grand Masters of the three Districts represented. Congratulations to the candidates and the new Wandering Wayfarers who had the opportunity to visit two new Lodges. Thanks to our special visitors from United Brethren Lodge in Marlborough, Ma., to the cooks and all those who performed exceptionally enjoyable ritual , and most especially thank you to all of those brethren who chose to come out on a Saturday and be Masons doing Masonic things. This, the first “Masonic Degree Crawl” was a huge success. Hopefully you will soon hear someone telling what a great event you missed, and then we look forward to greeting you at the next Degree Crawl.