Shrine Club to host ‘Masonic Day’ on courthouse square

Published 11:07 pm Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Covington County Shrine Club will host a “Masonic Day” on the square in Andalusia on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will be held in the old Prestwood building now owned by John Tisdale.

Tentative speakers include the Alcazar Shriners, the Scottish Rite Masons, the York Rite Masons, the Daughters of the Nile, DeMoly and local Masons from Andalusia Lodge #434.

“We want this to be about people who are not only curious in joining the Masons, but also just curious about the Masons in general,” said Randy Reese, president of the Covington County Shrine Club. “We want them to know what we do not only for this community, but also for the nation with the Shriner’s hospitals and other projects.

“In the past, people might have thought of Masons as these secretive old men, but we want people to see who we are and what we help do for other people.”

Reese said there will be a variety of activities going on during the day, including clowns, a blow-up “bounce house,” face painting and refreshments. There will also be several antique cars on display during the day.

“We would like to recognize John Tisdale for his generosity and help for allowing us to have this event in his building,” Reese added.