ELKIN — The Elkin Masonic Lodge will hold its annual Ham and Egg Supper on Dec. 4.
One of two regular fundrasiers for the order, the Ham and Egg Supper has been an Elkin tradition since the lodge was constructed in 1966, according to Tommy Wheeler, Elkin Lodge member. “We are trying to get back to the more traditional things that people in this area are familiar with,” Wheeler said of the supper, adding, “I remember, as a teenager, the line was out in the street waiting to get in to eat.”
The supper was once served the same night as the parade, but is now held in conjunction with Light Up Night. “Not even one block from the event, it seemed like a natural opportunity,” said Louis Jeroslow, Lodge member.
Held at the Masonic Lodge, 114 West Market Street, the supper includes eggs, country ham, grits, biscuit, and a beverage. At $8 per plate, to go orders are also available. “We are prepared to serve 500; hopefully we’ll have to go out and buy more supplies,” said Wheeler.
Jeroslow said, “This is an opportunity to communicate with the community of Elkin that this is a philanthropic organization and the good that this group tries to do particularly, for children and elderly.”
The Elkin chapter of the Masonic Order was chartered in 1893. With several hundred chapters across the state, the North Carolina chapters support children and elderly through the Oxford Home for Children and White Stone assisted living. “It takes all the lodges in the state working together to contribute to these charities,” said Wheeler.
Originally an orphanage, the Oxford Home for Children has been in existence since around the civil war. Adapting to the needs of the time, the home is no longer only for children with no parents. “It’s a home for children from broken homes and children who are having some sort of conflict in their life,” Wheeler explained, adding that all expenses are paid by the Masons.
White Stone is a community for people age 60 and older with onsite assisted living and skilled nursing care. Located in Greensboro, the home is funded in part by the Masons and open to anyone.
The Masonic order is a “fraternity that promotes friendship, morality, and brotherly love,” said Wheeler. Anyone interested in more information about the Masons may write to: P.O. Box 44, Elkin, NC 28621.
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