We’re in the movies – again

Across the Pacific is a three-hour documentary series about one of the great milestones in aviation history: the 1935 crossing of the Pacific Ocean by a Pan American Airways flying boat known as the China Clipper.

Line producer Mike Bowes, working with Patsy Kraemer, again rented the Arlington Masonic Temple for a starring role because of its beautifully preserved vintage appearance.

More about the documentary here: https://www.acrossthepacific.net/.

You can watch Across the Pacific on the PBS web site:

Masonic Circus in Arlington, June 22-23, 1922.

From the Boston Globe, June 23, 1922, page 5. Thanks to Arlington Historian, Richard Duffy, for this discovery. The circus was a fundraiser for the new building, and it looks like it was a huge event in town. If you happen to run across any photos or flyers from this event, please let me know – Alan.


MVL’s 2nd Virtual Gathering

Just Brothers hanging out together in the cloud. The homework assignment is to come up with ideas for how we as Masons can help the community in this time of crisis.


“Social Distancing” the Mystic Valley way!

Like all other Massachusetts lodges, Mystic Valley has “gone dark” for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t stop our Brothers from sharing fraternal time together.

MVL Angel Fund donation to the East Somerville Community School

Bro. Ted Wilson delivers a $1,000 donation to the East Somerville Community School from the Mystic Valley Lodge Angel Fund. Pictured (left to right) are Carlie Calioro, counselor/educator; Obed Morales, principal; me; Laura Bonnell, Assistant Principal. The funds will provide holiday gifts to 30+children including 3 who just lost everything in a fire.

Newest Bro. Payton Privitera at the installation of M.W. Richard Maggio

Wor. Privitera donation in memory of Wor. Donald Norton

On Friday the 13th, December 2019, MVL Past Master Wor. Phil Privitera donated $1,000 to the Little Sisters of the Poor in memory of the life of Donald Norton. Mother Maura and former Somerville Mayor Gene Brune (Little Sisters of the Poor Advisory Board President) received the Donation.

Donald’s favorite Charity was the Little Sisters of the Poor and his last act of Business as Secretary of King Solomon’s Lodge was to motion to make Privitera an Honorary Life Member of the Lodge.

Photo by KSL acting Secretary Wor. Frank Kautz

2019 Turkey Team

The 2019 Turkey Team delivers Thanksgiving meals to folks, sponsored by Arlington’s Council on Aging and the Arlington Senior Association. Left-to-right: RW Jonathan Buck, Emily Buck, Elisabeth Carr-Jones, RW Alan Jones, Wor. Walter Wedlock, Wor. Frank Foster.

Wor. Privitera honored at Grand Master’s Reception

Wor. Privitera and Toni-Ann at Rising Sun Lodge, Nashua NH, Ladies at the Table