120 Years ago today, the Albany Masonic Temple had it's cornerstone ceremony. The Masonic Temple's current site on Lodge St. dates all the way back to 1766. This is the oldest continually owned Masonic property in the United States.
A hot night and a long night. Jackets came off and sleeves were rolled up as we worked the quarries of Freemasonry well into the night.
Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murd'ring pattle!
I'm truly sorry man's dominion,
Has broken nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
I doubt na, whiles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen icker in a thrave
'S a sma' request;
I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
An' never miss't!
Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin!
It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's winds ensuin,
Baith snell an' keen!
Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,
An' weary winter comin fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell-
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.
That wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee mony a weary nibble!
Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald,
To thole the winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld!
But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
Gang aft agley,
An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
Still thou art blest, compar'd wi' me
The present only toucheth thee:
But, Och! I backward cast my e'e.
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear.
-Robert Burns, Scottish Poet and Freemason
No matter how much planning and well meant intentions go into something, things often do not go as planned. Brothers enjoying a cigar and conversation after other plans fell through.
W:. Alex Dalis
Are you a Traveling Man?
You may have heard it before. There are many interpretations; however here, in its most literal form, are a few Brothers enjoying a fine meal before R.W:. Eric Benson's 1st District Deputy visit to Noah Lodge in Altamont NY. For dinner before, Mio Vino accomidated us and afterwards for spontaneous refreshments with Brothers from throughout the District. This will be the 1st of many traveling adventures for us this year, so travel hungry and be hungry to Travel.
W:. Alex Dalis
Our own Brother Johnny Curtin shows the Brothers and guests of Masters Lodge No. 5 around Albany Distilling Company Inc.
The still that makes that oh so delicious steam...
Thoroughly impressed by Br. Curtins knowledge and willingness to share all things whiskey...and rye....and rum..etc etc
And of course a sample or two
So you've just Become a Master Mason by the (now) Grand Master of Mason of the State of New York. Tell me about how you're going to top this please:
Welcome to the new Masters 5 website. Due to difficulties with our former service provider it became necessary to start fresh. I hope to have regular contributions from myself and others as we help develop this site. The main purpose being to serve as a reference to lead brothers in the right direction to the information or contacts they need without being a full directory or Masonic Encyclopedia and second to provide enough information for anyone interested in joining the Craft an outlet to see just a tiny bit into our Fraternity. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in contributing
W:. Alex Dalis