2011 Royal Arch Degree Festival

I got my Royal Arch Mason degree at the Racine Masonic Center today.  Here are pics:

Where we at lunch

Where we at lunch

Where we ate lunch

Where we ate lunch

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).

The chandelier that Porters Of Racine couldn't sell

The chandelier that Porters Of Racine couldn't sell

A Brother with a Laptop in the lobby

A Brother with a Laptop in the lobby

The building is done in an Egyptian theme

The building is done in an Egyptian theme

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.

The Egyptian Theme

The Egyptian Theme

Every window in the place was stained glass

Every window in the place was stained glass

The stairwell leading up to the second floor

The stairwell leading up to the second floor

A midday glow

A midday glow

It was almost exactly noon (High Twelve in Masonic usage) when we started the Most Excellent Master degree.

The Most Excellent Master degree was conferred in the Egyptian Room

The Most Excellent Master degree was conferred in the Egyptian Room

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.

The Egyptian Room

The Egyptian Room

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 Egyptian Room

The Egyptian Room

The Egyptian Room

The Egyptian Room

The West and the Balcony

The West and the Balcony

The Egyptian Room

The Egyptian Room

The East

The East

The odd angle is because I’m avoiding photographing one of the things they said I shouldn’t.  😛

A Better Angle

A Better Angle

They were kind enough to move the thing out of the way a bit so I could get a better angle.

The Oriental Chairs

The Oriental Chairs

The Egyptian Room

The Egyptian Room

The Egyptian Room

The Egyptian Room

The Egyptian Room

The Egyptian Room

The Royal Arch Class of 2011 assembled in an anteroom of the Doric Room

The Royal Arch Class of 2011 assembled in an anteroom of the Doric Room

The Tiler's Desk of the Doric Room

The Tiler's Desk of the Doric Room

The Doric Room

The Doric Room

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.

The Doric Room

The Doric Room

The Doric Room

The Doric Room

The Doric Room

The Doric Room

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.  😛

The Doric Room

The Doric Room

The West and the Balcony

The West and the Balcony

The Doric Room

The Doric Room

Three Companions from West Allis Chapter hanging out after the degrees

Three Companions from West Allis Chapter hanging out after the degrees

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