Free and Accepted Masons of Vermont

Mad River Lodge #77
chartered June 11, 1868 by the Grand Lodge of Vermont F.A.M.
4376 Main Street  (mail to PO Box 448)

Waitsfield Vermont 05673

Worshipful Master   Gary Bombard 802-496 -2941   bombardbldg@madriver.com
Secretary    Charles Kettles      802-496-4880 potsenvt@madriver.com

Regular meetings–  First Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.  ( dark July & August )

Next Regular Communication
Tues April 4, 2017  7:30 pm    Modest meal in anteroom at 6:45 p.m.
 Annual Meeting April 18th 

Building Schedule:
Masons– first Tuesday of month (except July and August)  6:45 supper, 7:30 meeting
Oddfellows– first and third Thursdays (except January and February) 7:00 p.m.

Winter Farmers Market Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through April or May
Boy Scouts Mondays 6:00 to 8:00
Cub Scouts  Pack meetings last Tuesday, Den meetings weekday after school, varies.

Special Events Schedule
International Boutique Dec 3-10, 2016  
(prep from Thanksgiving to opening)
  Rain-Date for 2016 Christmas Party   February 11, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
  Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, Saturday March 18 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    ( Track arrives Friday March 17 at 9:00 a.m.)
  Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic  Saturday April 8, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration 8:00 a.m.,  Pasta Lunch 12:00
Mad River Lodge Annual Meeting, Tuesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.

  Installation of Officers 2017, TBA
Community Supper Friday June 23, 2017 5:30 p.m.
      Location may be Church, School, or Lodge TBA
  Chicken Pie Supper  Saturday, Oct 7 , 2017 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts at Lodge
While the Waitsfield Church is being renovated January to June 2017, Cub Scout Pack 798 and Boy Scout Troop 700 will be meeting in the Lodge dining room, and storing their equipment in the Lodge basement.

Socrates Cafe Jan 30, 2017
In cooperation with the Joslin Library across the street, and Cathy Cadwell who has a sabbatical and grant to study community discussions of age-old and contemporary issues across generations, on Jan 30 the Lodge dining room was partitioned into small discussion areas, while the Boy Scouts met, and the Lodge room and anteroom upstairs were used for discussion groups over flowing from the crowd of 100 participants young and old.

Chicken Pie Supper 2016  Saturday  October 8th-   Like Last Year
Our usual unusual 2016 chicken pie supper was a success. Chicken pie (chicken and gravy with biscuits on top, with cider, mashed potatoes, squash, our unusual cole slaw and unusual cranberry sauce, and pie with cheese. 5:30 and 6:45 seatings.  Take-outs welcome too. Over 140 meals served.Thanks to the huge crew or helpers, young and old.   $12 adult    $10 Seniors   $5 kids 6-12   Under 6 free
Back again on Saturday, Oct 7, 2017, Columbus Day weekend

Hosted Community Supper  June 24  2016
   We were at it again. Friday June 24th at the Waitsfield Church.  Brothers, families, and friends,  came and prepared meal and served!   

In June 2015 and again June 2016 Mad River Lodge fed about 130 people at the Community Supper at the Waitsfield United Church of Christ across the street on June 26th.  BBQ Chicken thighs, Plain and Curried rice with raisins,  Two Bean and Baby Corn Salad, fresh baked Wild Yeast Sesame Bread, and ice cream with honey and cinnamon.

Christmas Party   was Sunday Dec 13, 2015
The 2016 party was snowed out, and rescheduled for  February 11th.

INTERNATIONAL BOUTIQUE   Dec 3-10   in our dining room
Amurtel’s  women -focused work to benefit the needy in the Vermont, the US, and globally raises funds with this boutique- hosted by Mad River Lodge for over ten years.

Porch Renovation Update click for photos and full report
All railing sections are back, with lead paint removed or encapsulated, balustres scraped, repaired, brushed, sanded, primed, painted, and secured with
stainless steel screws.  Some had to be replaced with duplicates turned by Fred Messer.
While the porch has been leveled for about 50 years, it originally had a slight slope to the street to shed water.  We can see that pitch in old photos and in cut of the bottom of the rails at the ends of the porch. We decided to return the pitch, by jacking the porch front, and trimming the support posts about an inch.

Scottish Rite-  Vermont Consistory Central Valley
The Scottish Rite body of Freemasons has its 4th through 33rd degrees, mostly narrative plays ranging from Old Testament stories to Civil War and even 20th century legends.   Each degree imparts Masonic wisdom, both ancient and contemporary.  The Vermont Consistory has for its Commander-in-Chief our own PM Richard Backus, who is also nominated to receive the 33rd degree in 2017. The Central Valley of Scottish Rite in Vermont is headquartered in Barre, but participates with  the other three Vermont Valleys.  The current head (Thrice Potent Master)  is our own WM Gary Bombard, and the treasurer is our own PM Brent Adams, and the drama director is our own RIck Rayfield.  Our own MWPGM Ed Eurich was a 33rd degree member of Scottish Rite, and a number of other brothers in the Lodge have enjoyed the enriching experience of Scottish Rite.  In turn, Scottish Rite members are almost always very active members in their home Blue Lodge.  We think Ed- with his love of singing- would have enjoyed our recent “singing degree”, which is becoming a annual tradition and attracts
Masons from surrounding New England States.

Waitsfield Winter Farmers Market
The Lodge dining room was rented out for a “winter” farmers’ market from December through May for a third winter in 2017.  Sundays from 11:00 to 3:00 we see pickles, soap, produce, bread, sauerkraut and Kambucha, tamales, whey-fed pork, Belted Galway beef, honey, turned bowls, jewelry, photography, and a variety of local food.   Our lodge dining room has a nice atmosphere for a Farmers Market. We get good rent and see our building active through the winter. The Market is operated by three experienced local vendors, including a brother mason from another lodge.   While we host the International Boutique in December, the Market sometimes resides with the Merry Market at the Waitsfield Church or at the Valley Players.

Kudos to Brother Charlie
At the 2014 Grand Lodge in Burlington, our secretary Charles Kettles
was named “Secretary of the Year”.

Past Masters Degree  for 6th Masonic District
hosted at Mad River Lodge #77

Friday May 2, 2015   6:00 Dinner
7:30 Past Masters Degree
Five candidates received their Past Masters degree

Dinner: Elk Stew, Fresh Sesame Bread,
Dill Tomato Black Bean  Baby Corn Salad with maple cider dressing,
Basil Cashew Pesto Butterfly Shrimp with farfalle pasta
Pork Tenderloin with Maple glazed Sweet Potato,
… Mint Ice cream with Chocolate Rum Sauce,
…Cashew Brittle and Sesame Brittle
… beverages: Coffee, Tea, Milk, Lemonade

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Porch renovation is coming along.
Structural work on Porch is complete.  Painting is complete.
Have a look at the restored light blue porch ceilings.
We saved as much old wood as we could, and carefully duplicated what was rotten or split, usually with old wood.
The porch rails and  220 lead-painted spindles are being renovated by members of the lodge and will be installed this fall.   They have been white, green ,and bright yellow in the past.  Some of them are in place now.  Stainless steel screws have replaced some of the
rusting square cut nails whose expansion was splitting spindles.
We will move ahead to replace the inferior stone steps with new
Woodbury granite steps and landings- nice even ones for safety and beauty-
on full concrete foundations.  We were hoping to use the old steps, but they were of low quality stone- chipped, scaling, cracked, and of unmatched color.  The Town has presented an engineering plan for a sidewalk with a grass parkway which will take a few years to complete.  The new stone steps will be designed to link up to the new sidewalk when we see the final plan.
We have received many donations for this work, and a grant from the Preservation Trust of Vermont and Roy Family Foundation.

Tours of the Lodge and the Waitsfield United Church of Christ 
 Available on request,  Open to all. No charge. Call Rick at 802-229-8237

International Boutique  Clothing, art, rugs, jewelry, and gifts from around the world. The Boutique is run by the local chapter of Amurtel and the proceeds aid development in many village and urban locations world-wide, with a focus on aid
to empowering women.  The Boutique was hosted again in our Lodge  Dining Room
Dec 3 to 10, 2016.  www.Amurtel.org

A granite Cornerstone for new porch foundation and building was placed ceremoniously during the Block Party on September 8th, 2012.  Grand Lodge officers in resplendent dress  blessed the stone with corn, oil, and wine.  Dinner at the church afterward was well-received,  as were public tours of the Lodge.  View the Kenric Kite’s video of the ceremony on You-Tube
www.Youtube.com/watch?v=DaG97OQMdL0.  DVD copies available on request.

Open House–  from 3:00 to 8:00 during the Irene Block Party on Sept 8, 2012, ,  we held an Open House at the Lodge, with tours of the Lodge Room, and the newly renovated anteroom.  Guests who had not seen the plumbing, electrical, tuckpointing, concrete, and other building renovations, or who had never seen a Masonic lodge room were pleased with tours led by Fred Messer, Christ Keast and Bob Danaher!  The Open House has become an annual New England-wide event.
We expect an Open House again in Sept 2016.  Check back.

Mad River Lodge hosted the Mad River Valley
Hurricaine Irene Recovery Headquarters
from August 29, 2011 to fall 2013.

 We are also donating storage space for neighboring businesses and relief supplies. This is a FEMA-approved group which has been a model in the State, and has expanded its area of helping.  Done good.  802-496-6089

Tax Relief   As a charitable nonprofit we received from the Town of Waitsfield  at 2012 Town Meeting a Property Tax exemption for ten years.  In 2022 we will be eligible for a five year renewal of, we think. a portion of this exemption.

Cherry Pie  On Washington’s Birthday, Feb 22nd, 2013 we signed an agreement with the Odd Fellows, with terms favorable to both brotherhoods.  And we ate cherry pie.
On Feb 22,  2014, we held our second annual Oddfellows/Masons dinner and meeting.
On Feb 22, 2015 we held our third annual Oddfellows/Masons pie meeting.
At our belated Christmas party Feb 11, the Oddfellows joined us and made a donation.
The pies were mostly pumpkin, not cherry.

Lodge Anteroom and Prep Room have completely new floors and walls.
New heater is in. Cherry lumber is stickered for a bookcase/cabinet.

Related Links

Grand Lodge of Vermont

Scottish RIte of Vermont

Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

Wikipedia on Freemasons

Waitsfield Historical Society

Vermont Historical Society

Preservation Trust of Vermont

Web site editor  Rick Rayfield  (802) 229-8237 or  rayfieldvt@aol.com