Masonic Lodges across state holding open houses Saturday

TILTON — The Doric-Centre Lodge in Tilton will be one of 65 Masonic Lodges  holding a special open house on Saturday, Oct 19, to give the people of their communities an unrestricted look at who Masons are and what they do.

The lodge will have displays and tours and will also have a grill going from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

The purpose of the special Open House, involving 65 Masonic Lodges from Portsmouth to Colebrook, is to demonstrate to people how Freemasonry relates to local communities and attempts through its members to promote social well being.

"The people hosting this event are the very people of our own local communities," said Stewart Aronson, Grand Master of New Hampshire's 6,400 Masons. "We live, work and play like everyone else, share the same concerns for our kids, like everyone else and work to make our communities better places to live, just like everyone else.

The times, Aronson added, demand that people have a chance to see for themselves what's "behind our closed doors and to have a sense of the genuine passion we Masons share for the social and spiritual values we embrace."
In keeping with the Grand Master's objectives, doors to local Masonic Lodges will open promptly at 9 a.m. and remain open until 3 p.m. Member Masons from their own communities will be on hand to answer questions and give guided tours to explain the significance of Lodge furniture, ornaments, jewels and working tools used in private Masonic ceremonies. Lodge members will also address how these symbols of the fraternity apply to its charitable work and the community service work of its members.