Freemasons to open lodge doors on Saturday in Amherst 

  • The Pacific Lodge of Freemasons at 99 Main St. in Amherst.  TOWN OF AMHERST

Staff Writer
Published: 10/16/2019 10:55:05 AM

AMHERST — Even with its prominent spot between the police station and Town Hall, and proximity to restaurants, many pedestrians are likely to pass by the century-old, 2½-story brick building at 99 Main St. without ever going inside.

On Saturday, the home to the Pacific Lodge of Freemasons since 1912 will stage an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. so the public can find out more about the organization and the building.

Jimmy Burgoff, president of the Pacific Lodge Building Association, said the open house is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the projects the organization supports and get a look inside the building.

Burgoff said the organization hopes to create more useful spaces for the community so that the building is a more attractive venue.

On the main floor is the dance hall and stage, which is used on a regular basis by the New England Contra Dance Society and for poetry slams, as well as concerts. In January, the space is used for the annual winter ski and equipment sale that benefits the Amherst Historical Society.

A dining hall with a seating area and a grand piano are in the basement, while on the second floor is a community room/ harmony lounge.

One of the main projects for the Pacific Lodge is the Masonic Angel Fund, which over the past 10 years has helped more than 700 children in Amherst’s public schools with goods and services, such as eye exams, glasses, medicine, winter clothing, summer camps, bedding, and bicycle helmets. All screenings are done by schools and school officials then make appeals on behalf of the children.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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