Episode 12 - Your Personal Painter, R. Scott Hoover.
|Dick Kenna, Larry Merris, Pete Ruggieri|
I’ll admit that for the forty-two years I’ve been a member of the Masonic fraternity, I knew little to nothing about Tall Cedars. What I did know was their penchant for wearing the worst hats of any appendant body in Freemasonry: the pointy green hat, or pyramid, as they call it. Like any appendant body, Tall Cedars presents a play in three parts that go on and on. Following this is the capping-of-the-hat ceremony, presented by guys with pointy hats of various colors. It can get confusing. Oh, and the tassel colors are all over the place, with each color meaning something different.
It gets better. Initiations are usually held in conjunction with a ceremonial, which in Tall Cedars means a long, tedious night. And to further add to the festivities they invite your wife! Engaging in fun, frolic, and fellowship (the Tall Cedars motto) with your wife watching dutifully on the sidelines, makes for a weirdly defensive, if not embarrassing conversation, on that ride home in the car.
In 1951, when I was a seven-year-old watching Howdy Doody on TV, Tall Cedars became the first organization to align with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and has been a partner with it ever since. I’m sure millions of dollars have been raised over these sixty-five years, though I can find no accurate records to substantiate that claim. Pancake breakfasts and hoagie sales are means to fund other local projects. Family is of primary importance to Cedars, which is one of the few Masonic appendants that encourage family members to participate in projects. Remember that initial ride home in the car? Cedars had to come up with something to get back in good graces.
While I may take some liberties in poking fun at Tall Cedars and will probably continue to do so, I am absolutely proud to be a member. Pointy green hats, multi-colored tassels, goofy handshakes, and names like “Grand Tall” and “Forests” have only added more humor and purpose to my life.
Sorry for the hiatus. Our podcast studio did not renew their lease so we've been without professional equipment --- UNTIL TODAY. Bro. Jason Lewis picked up our new board, mics, and assorted electronic crap today and we hope to have our weekly episodes start in the next week.
Welcome to Episode 60, with your regular hosts and special guest Bro. Matt Blaisdell, Creative Director for the Scottish Rite, Nor...
Join your hosts Pete, Larry, Jack, and Jason for an episode we’re VERY excited about! This episode Pete and Larry interview Jim Gavin an...
So, we actually did it with YOUR help - we've moved into our new studio beneath Ephrata Lodge and beneath the State Store. Huge thank...
Tonight on Episode 046, join Pete, Jason, Jack, and guest host Justin (because Larry's out sick) while our minds explode with informa...
A great episode if we say so ourselves. Our guest Bro. Dan Madrigal was originally made a Freemason in Mexico and later moved to the USA a...
Join us for out last (hopefully) show from Monarch Studios (Pete's Basement). Or here's your YouTube version https://youtu.b...
Wow - what a busy Summer. The new studio while not fully decorated or upgraded is built and functional. Huge thank you to Jack Harley, Georg...
Your hosts pontificate once again. Sometimes it isn't the message -- it's how you deliver it.
Well, on Facebook we posted that we’d be delayed a week, BUT, we just happened to all descend upon Lodge No. 665 on a random Sunday for s...
Bro. Tim Dedman interviewing Bro. Yasser AlKhatib Hello! On this episode of the podcast we were honored to speak with Brother Yasser A...