Volune LIIIJanuary 2006Number 1

Upcoming Events

Throughout R.W. Grand Master Ronald A. Aungst Sr.'s term, the fraternity will engage in various educational events and celebratory activities to acknowledge and commemorate the many accomplishments that Bro. Ben Franklin achieved on behalf of Freemasonry and the world. Your participation is encouraged.
Celebrate the New Year
with Bros. Ben Franklin & Mozart
during an Unforgettable New Year's Eve
in the Historic Fulton Opera House!

Join the Grand Master and his wife, Norma, this New Year's Eve at the historic Fulton Opera House in downtown Lancaster, Pa., for the Pennsylvania Academy of Music's presentation of "Franklin Celebrates Mozart." This engaging program takes a fresh and innovative approach with its one-of-a-kind celebration of the 250th Birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, coming up in 2006.

Beginning at 9:30 p.m., the program will celebrate the musical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the inventive genius of Benjamin Franklin. In true Masonic form, a special mystery guest will also be revealed during the evening!

A special ticket price for the Pennsylvania Academy of Music's New Year's Eve Gala is available to all Masons and their guests. Invitations have already been sent to all Masons in District 1, but all Pennsylvania Masons are welcome to enjoy the evening and start the New Year off right, alongside fellow Brethren and their loved ones. A cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception at 8:30 p.m., is complimentary for all Masons and their guests attending the concert.

For tickets or more information, contact Ms. Cynthia Charles at (717) 399-2292.

Lecture & Book Signing with Author of
The Origins of Freemasonry: Facts and Fictions
Margaret C. Jacob, Ph.D.

On January 5, 2006 at 6 p.m., Margaret C. Jacob, Ph.D., distinguished professor of history at U.C.L.A. and author of many books, including Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth Century Europe and The Radical Enlightenment: Pantheists, Freemasons and Republicans, will give a lecture in the Masonic Temple's Oriental Hall, followed by an informal gathering in the Grand Banquet Hall, where she will be available to sign her new book, The Origins of Freemasonry: Facts and Fictions, which includes insight on Bro. Franklin. Space is limited. Anyone interested in attending may contact Catherine Giaimo at (215) 988-1933.

January 17, 2006 - 11 a.m.
To celebrate Bro. Ben Franklin's Birthday, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will join in a parade organized by the Philosophical Society and the Friends of Franklin. The Grand Master encourages all members who would like to be part of the celebration to meet, dressed in Masonic regalia, at 5th and Liberty streets in Philadelphia to represent the Masonic Order in the march, which will conclude with a wreath laying at Bro. Franklin's graveside.

April 17, 2006 - Time TBA
The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will hold a traditional march and perform a Masonic Funeral Service and wreath laying at Bro. Ben Franklin's graveside in observance of the day he died (he was never buried with Masonic honors). The march will follow a similar parade route as the January 17 event. A luncheon at the Masonic Temple will follow the ceremony.
For more information on these events and how you can get involved,
contact the Grand Secretary's Office at (215) 988-1901.

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