Ye Olde Table Lodge
Ye Olde Table Lodge, held on or near the Spring equinox, celebrates Masonry through recreations of folklore and historical events, and is considered by many to be the outstanding Table Lodge in all of New England — and perhaps the entire United States.
Beginning as a simple Table Lodge (an 8 course meal with toasts, following a prescribed Masonic ritual), certain Lodge members suggested that the evening would be more interesting if the event followed a different theme each year. The theme events began in 1992 — corresponding with Operation Desert Storm — with a salute to United States war veterans. That evening, in a spontaneous gesture of goodwill, RW Russell Kawa of Ionic No. 28 in Greene, RI passed around items for the brothers to autograph, as a memorial to the enjoyable evening. Ever since that evening, some memento has been provided each year for all the participants to sign, after which it has been deposited in Moosup Lodge’s trophy case as a memorial.
In 1993 a massive two-handed broad sword served as the keepsake, with every brother engraving his name in the blade. RW Robert Raymond penned a sililoquy likening the sword and its uses to Masonry — which ‘cuts away the vices and superfluities of life’. With that began another event tradition: a narrative outlining the evening’s theme and bringing meaning to the memorial item.
While the theme changes each year, the recipe has been the same since 1994: elaborate props, play-acting, theme narratives, an engraved keepsake and a great meal. More importantly though, has been the camaraderie and friendship that the brothers have shared each year.
|If you are interested in attending Ye Olde Table Lodge, seating is limited, and tickets are sold in advance only. Contact Moosup Lodge at the below address or via e-mail for details and information. Previous years’ attendees are given first preference to purchase the same number of tickets for the following year. New requests are placed on a waiting list until previous attendees have had their opportunity.|