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Posted: 30 April 2017 07:41 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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Dear Brethren, I will be visiting New York and Boston May 6-23.

I would love to visit some lodges; please let me know if any of you have meetings in those days. :)

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Posted: 01 May 2017 06:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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We have the following in Boston 1st District that generally allow visitors-

Columbian Lodge - First Thursday
Joseph Webb Lodge - First Wednesday
Saint John’s Lodge - First Monday
The Consolidated Lodge - First Tuesday
The Massachusetts Lodge - Third Monday
Mount Lebanon Lodge - Second Monday

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Posted: 01 May 2017 07:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Dan-O - 01 May 2017 06:40 AM

We have the following in Boston 1st District that generally allow visitors-

Columbian Lodge - First Thursday
Joseph Webb Lodge - First Wednesday
Saint John’s Lodge - First Monday
The Consolidated Lodge - First Tuesday
The Massachusetts Lodge - Third Monday
Mount Lebanon Lodge - Second Monday

Hi Dan,

Thank you very much for this. Why ‘generally’? Is there anytime when lodges do not allow visitors?

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Posted: 01 May 2017 07:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Dan-O - 01 May 2017 06:40 AM

We have the following in Boston 1st District that generally allow visitors-

Columbian Lodge - First Thursday
Joseph Webb Lodge - First Wednesday
Saint John’s Lodge - First Monday
The Consolidated Lodge - First Tuesday
The Massachusetts Lodge - Third Monday
Mount Lebanon Lodge - Second Monday

Hi Dan,

Thank you very much for this. Why ‘generally’? Is there anytime when lodges do not allow visitors?

You’ll find Boston is very unique in Masonry, even in Massachusetts itself.  Lodges are some of the oldest in the country, and hold on to traditions.  The Lodge of St. Andrew, for example, not even chartered by the Grand Lodge of England, hails from the GL of Scotland until they surrendered their charter and merged with the GL of MA.

So my reference is mostly in regard to dinner, which is always after meetings, and is probably more akin to what you may refer to as a festive board.  As such, depending on dinner plans, lodges sometimes limit these events to members or sitting Masters of Lodges only.  The Lodge of St. Andrew opens lodge at the GL, but then walks up Beacon Hill to the Club of Odd Volumes where they dine and then close the meeting.  Winslow Lewis Lodge is mostly all Past Masters or District Deputy Grand Masters, and generally only sitting Masters may visit them, and almost all are by invite only.

Apart from those, the ones I listed are the ones that generally would be open to visitors for meeting and dinner.  Of those, I think Columbian Lodge is a great lodge to visit, but they are meeting this coming Thursday, and I assume that is too early for you.  In fact, most of the lodges in Boston meet this week.  Only Mt. Lebanon Lodge is next week.  You might try that one.

There are also a handful of other lodges that meet in Boston but are not in our district, such as Boston University Lodge (must be a student, alumni, faculty or staff to join), Major General Henry Knox Lodge (must be active or retired military to join), or the Harvard Lodge (must be a student, alumni, faculty or staff to join).  I believe all three of these allow visitors, but don’t quote me on that. 

Boston University Lodge - 2nd Wednesday
Harvard Lodge - 3rd Thursday
Major General Henry Knox Lodge - 4th Wednesday

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Posted: 01 May 2017 07:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Dan-O - 01 May 2017 07:33 AM
nymaso3 - 01 May 2017 07:20 AM
Dan-O - 01 May 2017 06:40 AM

We have the following in Boston 1st District that generally allow visitors-

Columbian Lodge - First Thursday
Joseph Webb Lodge - First Wednesday
Saint John’s Lodge - First Monday
The Consolidated Lodge - First Tuesday
The Massachusetts Lodge - Third Monday
Mount Lebanon Lodge - Second Monday

Hi Dan,

Thank you very much for this. Why ‘generally’? Is there anytime when lodges do not allow visitors?

You’ll find Boston is very unique in Masonry, even in Massachusetts itself.  Lodges are some of the oldest in the country, and hold on to traditions.  The Lodge of St. Andrew, for example, not even chartered by the Grand Lodge of England, hails from the GL of Scotland until they surrendered their charter and merged with the GL of MA.

So my reference is mostly in regard to dinner, which is always after meetings, and is probably more akin to what you may refer to as a festive board.  As such, depending on dinner plans, lodges sometimes limit these events to members or sitting Masters of Lodges only.  The Lodge of St. Andrew opens lodge at the GL, but then walks up Beacon Hill to the Club of Odd Volumes where they dine and then close the meeting.  Winslow Lewis Lodge is mostly all Past Masters or District Deputy Grand Masters, and generally only sitting Masters may visit them, and almost all are by invite only.

Apart from those, the ones I listed are the ones that generally would be open to visitors for meeting and dinner.  Of those, I think Columbian Lodge is a great lodge to visit, but they are meeting this coming Thursday, and I assume that is too early for you.  In fact, most of the lodges in Boston meet this week.  Only Mt. Lebanon Lodge is next week.  You might try that one.

There are also a handful of other lodges that meet in Boston but are not in our district, such as Boston University Lodge (must be a student, alumni, faculty or staff to join), Major General Henry Knox Lodge (must be active or retired military to join), or the Harvard Lodge (must be a student, alumni, faculty or staff to join).  I believe all three of these allow visitors, but don’t quote me on that. 

Boston University Lodge - 2nd Wednesday
Harvard Lodge - 3rd Thursday
Major General Henry Knox Lodge - 4th Wednesday

Oh I see! Well, thank you very much for your insight. It is very fascinated to learn about Freemasonry in other countries.

The only ones I will be able to visit will be The Lodge of St. Andrews, The Massachusetts Lodge, Boston University Lodge and Harvard Lodge.

I’ll ring them up and see what happens.

Thank you very much again

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Posted: 01 May 2017 07:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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What country are you visiting from?  What Grand Lodge are you a member of?

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Posted: 01 May 2017 08:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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Also, i wouldn’t bother with the Lodge of St. Andrew if I were you.  You won’t be allowed to stay for the whole meeting.  I would go with The Massachusetts Lodge.

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Posted: 01 May 2017 08:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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Dan-O - 01 May 2017 07:59 AM

What country are you visiting from?  What Grand Lodge are you a member of?

UK, I am a member of United Grand Lodge of England.

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Posted: 01 May 2017 10:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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Proper protocal dictates that you contact your GL Secretary first and then he would in turn contact the GL of each jurisdiction you intend to visit.
They in turn would notify the appropriate local Lodge.
Your GL would provide you with the proper papers to present at each Lodge.

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Posted: 01 May 2017 10:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]  
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But due to the intricacies of visiting lodges in Boston, it is wise for him to have asked in advance here as well!

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Posted: 01 May 2017 10:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]  
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W Br Gleason - 01 May 2017 10:33 AM

Proper protocal dictates that you contact your GL Secretary first and then he would in turn contact the GL of each jurisdiction you intend to visit.
They in turn would notify the appropriate local Lodge.
Your GL would provide you with the proper papers to present at each Lodge.

Indeed. Although that is the proper protocol when contacting a foreign GL from my country. I’m already travelling, therefore there is no need to contact my GL, I can contact foreign GL directly at this point.

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Posted: 02 May 2017 01:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]  
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Wrong! When visiting US particularly, the correct procedure is to contact GL via your lodge secretary first - because of the number of clandestine US GLs.  Be very careful to only visit regular lodges.  What paperwork are you traveling with?

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Posted: 02 May 2017 02:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]  
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Richard George - 02 May 2017 01:06 AM

Wrong! When visiting US particularly, the correct procedure is to contact GL via your lodge secretary first - because of the number of clandestine US GLs.  Be very careful to only visit regular lodges.  What paperwork are you traveling with?

Yes, Brother, I am aware of it. I contacted my lodge secretary first and I got a note from the Grand Chancellor at UGLE about clandestine orders. Obviously the Grand Lodge of New York and the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts are both recognised and that is where I am going.
I’m travelling with my Grand Lodge certificate and letter of good standing.

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Posted: 02 May 2017 06:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]  
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My lodge is in Lowell, MA and will be meeting on the second and fourth Thursdays. The second is our business meeting and the fourth will be a third degree on one Candidate. Our next business meeting will be a “Step up night” where I will not be attending and all the officers will take the chair above their own. We opened at 7:00 PM. 

Lowell is about a 45 minute drive from Boston.

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Posted: 02 May 2017 06:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]  
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I am more central MA, about 45 minutes out of boston. The 14th District has the following meetings:

5/8: Simon Robinson Lodge Lexington MA, Caleb Butler lodge Ayer MA (my blue lodge), Corinthian Lodge Concord MA (many historic pieces from Paul Revere in that lodge)

5/9: Simonds lodge Burlington, MA

5/10: Washington lodge, Lexington, MA

5/16: Frank W. Thompson lodge Bedford, MA

5/22: Tahattawan lodge, Littleton, MA

5/23: Joseph Warren-Soley lodge Lincoln, MA

If you plan to attend any of these, contact me, I will make sure that they know you are expected. I will be attending my blue lodge on the 8th.

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Posted: 02 May 2017 02:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]  
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I’m a member of three lodges in Massachusetts, you’d be welcome at any of them! We all have degree work this month:

Mt Lebanon Lodge, Second Monday (5/8)
EA Degree, two candidates. Meals are free and quite elaborate.
Meets in Grand Lodge building in Boston

Boston University Lodge, Second Wednesday (5/10)
MM Degree, two candidates. We will probably visit a local restaurant after for dinner, “pay as you go.”
Meets in Grand Lodge building in Boston

Garden City Lodge, Second Thursday (5/11)
FC Degree, two candidates. Dinner is meatloaf, $20
Meets in Newtonville, a suburb just outside Boston

I’m Senior Warden at Garden City Lodge, but it’s “Step Up Night” so if you visit, you’ll get to see me do the Master’s work!

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