By Brother Frank Bartoszak, Junior Deacon, Humane Lodge #21
On May 5, 2018, Humane Lodge No. 21 opened its doors to the public for the second year in a row for Free Comic Book Day in Rochester. Hundreds of people gather in downtown Rochester dressed up as their favorite characters from comics, anime, cartoons, and movies. The Downtown Rochester Committee puts on events like this to help revitalize the downtown area. As part of the event, local businesses can be put on the scavenger hunt map so the patrons can collect the free comics.
For two years now, Humane Lodge has participated is this local event. We opened the doors of the lodge to public, gave tours of the lodge and answered all the questions visiting patrons had. The tours were provided by current master, Worshipful Brother Pat Gaudette, and Past Masters, Worshipful Brother Arthur Trahan and Worshipful Brother Bill Taylor. We invited the Rainbow Girls and Demolay to attend to show that there are programs for everyone in the family. The young ladies and gentlemen of the youth groups had a blast interacting with the customers.
Throughout the day, patrons had mentioned that they didn’t know the temple was there. Some even asked how long we had been in Rochester and was surprised to hear that we have been in Rochester for over 200 years. A few patrons even mentioned that they had relatives who were Masons and were interested in joining but didn’t know where the local lodge was.
This year, we had one of the daughters of a Brother dress up as Lois Lane and one of our Fellow Crafts, Brother Darren Codling, as Jimmy Olson taking pictures of patrons in front a green screen to transpose them on to a backdrop of their choice. The Senior Warden of Humane Lodge, Brother John Bartoszak Sr, dressed up as Jim Carey’s character form The Mask and Senior Deacon, Brother Marc Auclair, as Marvel’s Winter Soldier which helped patrons find the lodge for the free comic books.
Everyone that helped during the event had a good time and look forward to doing it for years to come.