(Sorry for the backdate on this.)It was a beautiful day, sun shining and temperatures at a balmy 83 degrees. Not typical for the Sandwich Fair where some years it would be blowing and flurries flying. The leaves on the trees, not yet fully turned, however some trees still retained their green leaves.
It was on this day Red Mountain Lodge opened in due and ancient form and participated in its first Sandwich Fair Parade. Preparations began weeks ago when Worshipful Master Richard Young asked for and obtained a dispensation from Grand Lodge to march in the parade. One week ago
Worshipful Master Richard Young, Past Master and Past District Deputy Grand Master James Greene and Senior Deacon Brother Benjamin Fullerton went to Nashua to the Consistory to gather props and costumes for the event. Brother
Fullerton was so kind as to lend us his pickup truck and flatbed trailer on which we constructed our float to enter into the parade. On the night before the parade, Brother Fullerton dropped the trailer off at the Sandwich Police Department parking lot and work began. W. M. Young,Past Masters James Greene and Richard Kelley, Brothers Scott Kinmond, Tom White and Ben Fullerton reconstructed a Lodge Room on the flat bed. As work progressed, power was lost because of an auto accident on route 25 in Moultonboro and our power tools lie still. Being in close proximity to Brother Greene’s abode, hand tools were obtained and the work continued. In a matter of hours, the project was complete. As a final touch, adorning the front of our
float was the new sign purchased for the front of the Lodge. With our work complete, we retired for the night.
On the day of the parade, we met according to plan. Brothers Fullerton and Kelley brought the float to the field and parked at the staging area. We then returned to Brother Greene’s home where W. M. Young, Brothers White, Kinmond and District Deputy Grand Master Flateau were dressing, along with eight members of Chocorua Lodge, one from Mt Prospect Lodge and two from Doric Lodge. W. M. Young stepped out as King Solomon, Brother Kinmond as
Benjamin Franklin and Brother Kelley as George Washington. The rest of our Brothers were dressed as Craftsmen.
The judging of the floats began at 11:45. All were in their places as the judges passed by and evaluated our work. In about an hour we learned of our fate. The first time Red Mountain Lodge No. 68 entered into the Sandwich Fair Parade, we received a first place blue ribbon for our efforts. Everyone rejoiced at our accomplishment. It was a fine day in the history of our Lodge.
As we left the staging area and entered the parade route, the spectators gave us a hearty applause and a wave. As we continued further we received more applause. Our floating Lodge Room was an impressive sight rolling down the road with such historic travelers on board. Throughout the parade route we received much applause from the many spectators. We were all overwhelmed by the response we received.
At the end of the day we retired to Brother Greene’s home to change and reflect on the day. All agreed that it was a good day for Red Mountain Lodge.