I was humming the song from the “Stonecutters” episode of “The Simpsons” as Dandy Rob and I ascended the marble staircase to the top floor of the Manchester Masonic Temple.
As discussed in episode #18, we were at the Masonic Temple ostensibly to attend a micro-brew tasting fundraiser for a local nonprofit. And while Dandy Rob and I were certainly attracted by the beer, on this night I think we were both much more interested in the mysteries of the Masons. And as luck would have, the Masons were in a mood to share, if not their secrets, than at least their ornate Victorian-esque temple.
Serving as tour guides were these two Masons dressed up in their finest:
Our first stop was, without a doubt, the most impressive room in the joint. Constructed in the 1920s, the room’s walls resemble ancient Greek temples, columns and all, while the ceiling was made to look like the sky. Unfortunately the recessed lighting made for a very poor picture which does not do the room justice:
Once seated on hand-carved rows of seats made from swamp-dredged cypress trees, the lights dimmed and the night sky appeared above. Slowly, the “sun” rose again, all to the the theme e of “E.T.”
Though created in the 20s, the light show was pretty impressive, I must say.
Upon entering the next room on the tour we came upon an alter in the middle of the room:
Behind the alter were two small, bedside-looking tables. The first contained a tiara and a scepter:
The offering on the second table was a bit more ominous:
And along the back wall stood three throne-like chairs:
While the tour alone was easily worth the $25 fundraiser ticket price, I think I left the Masonic Temple with more questions than I had going in.
So it goes.
– Dandy Will