I got my Royal Arch Mason degree at the Racine Masonic Center today. Here are pics:
I joined the festival at lunchtime. They conferred the Mark Master and Past Master degrees before lunch but I already had those so I joined before the Most Excellent Master (which I also already had).
They built the Masonic Center on the back of an old mansion, which is still standing but no longer used for anything but private parties, wedding receptions, and as a historical monument.
It was almost exactly noon (High Twelve in Masonic usage) when we started the Most Excellent Master degree.
One of two medium-sized asyla on the second floor. It is the asylum used for normal stated meetings of Racine Lodge during the winter.
I wanted to take pictures of the room but they had already begun setting up for the degree. After some whining, I finally convinced a member of the Grand Chapter of Illinois to allow me to shoot provided I didn’t take pictures of certain things that were set up for the degree.
The odd angle is because I’m avoiding photographing one of the things they said I shouldn’t. 😛
They were kind enough to move the thing out of the way a bit so I could get a better angle.
This was taken after the Royal Arch Mason degree – since I was one of the candidates, I didn’t have an opportunity to take pictures beforehand.
Do not adjust your screen. I didn’t want to wait around for them to finish striking the set so I just shot and blurred out the bits that they might not have wanted me to shoot. 😛