BEACON - Past, present and future fused last Sunday at the VFW on Main Street in Beacon. Over 100 guests celebrated an over 40 year tradition: the Annual Widow’s Breakfast.
Hosted by the Hebron Lodge No 48 mason’s organization, the event once again had a dual purpose: to recognize the widows of past members as well as honor the Pastmaster and introduce his replacement of duties. The busy morning kicked off with; a group singing of "The Negro National Anthem," introductory remarks, an invocation and solo musical selection. A breakfast, complete with fish, ham, pork and sausage, grits, fried potatoes and scrambled eggs followed. Guest speaker, Reverend Patrice Kemp from St. Mark AME Zion Church in Poughkeepsie provided moving remarks as the morning’s guest speaker. Next, three widows were formally recognized (15 widows names appeared inside the event’s program) as all 110 in attendance paid tribute to their deceased husbands, whose contributions continue to be felt.
"Today means a great deal to me, as it gives me great honor to know the Hebron Lodge has not forgotten the brothers who have passed on," said Theresa Bugg, whose husband David Bugg, began his Hebron Lodge duties back in the 1970’s. "My husband was a wonderful Worshipful Master for years; he loved holding that position.
Each of the wives were honored with roses and gold pins. In addition, they were presented with a $25 check. Their recognition is a tradition whose roots run deep.
"Today is very special because of the people we are honoring," pointed out Senior Warden, Charles Whitted. "It’s a ritual we have been doing for over 40 years because the deceased were very active in the masonry and are very deserving of recognition."
Also on the agenda was the recognition of a present member, Pastmaster Aubrey Mitchell, Jr., who will be passing his integral duties on to Worshipful Master Douglas Bell.
"It’s a great feeling to be honored today; it shows the work I do is appreciated," said Mitchell, who was presented with the customary "Pastmaster Apron." "It was very rewarding to be involved with this position, especially during the annual events to help the community, such as at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Hebron Lodge also recently took part in yet another community event, the groups’ annual Easter Egg Hunt, held March 30 at the Beacon Community Center. The same smiles and joy that could be found on youth’s faces back in the winter surfaced last weekend, as the popular event was once again a great success.