In the mid 1990’s, there was and idea to do a Masonic Degree in a local Stone Quarry near Moosup Connecticut. A brother at Moosup Lodge was the owner of an operative stone quarry and asked if having an outdoor degree there was something the lodge was interested in doing. Begun in 1996 as an EA Degree, The Quarry Rite has since been performed a half dozen times as a MM degeree, and has been visited by brothers from the neighboring jurisdictions in New England, New York, and New Jersey as well as by brothers from as far away as the Phillipines and Nova Scotia! This Year (August 19, 2017), We have reservations for 4 Current Grand Masters who will be joining us. The Quarry Rite, held on or near either the Summer solstice or the Autumnal equinox, is a one-of-a-kind degree performed outdoors, by torchlight, in an operative quarry. Under the stars, standard Connecticut ritual is augmented by soliloquies written specially for the event. Seating is unlimited, and reservations for the preceeding cookout are necessary. Dress is extremely casual — this degree is in an operative quarry — bring a lawn chair and appropriate outdoor gear(A hat, bug Spray, Water or soft drink and jacket).
1. We ask that all that intend on joining us for the 4 PM Cookout please RSVP to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call WB. Brian Keith at 860-564-8807
2. As noted in the Quarry Rite Flyers, There is NO RAIN DATE for this event. An event of this type and size takes much effort and many hands to put on. We are also sensitive to the fact that some brothers will be travelling well over a hundred miles to attend. Please visit this page in the days leading up to the degree for notices regarding weather issues that could impact or stop this outdoor degree from happening.
3. We ask that alcohol not be brought into the quarry for obvious Insurance Liability issues.