Oh Yes it’s Ladies’ Night, Oh What a Night!
The disco balls were conspicuously absent, as were the leisure suits and pouffy hair, but the members and friends of Friendship Lodge had a great time in spite of (or maybe because of) this at the Old Mill Restaurant, just days before Halloween.
The occasion was ostensibly a get-together of the Tainter’s Tavern; a group of Masons that gather purely for social interest. Once in a while, the “men only” evenings take a back seat so that some of the long-suffering and very understanding wives and partners of the brothers can have an evening out, socializing and enjoying a fine dinner.
The Tainter’s Tavern group, named in honor of the pub in which they originally met, was started 22 years ago by half a dozen young Masons, new officers all, who would cross paths at various functions. They decided to get together on an infrequent basis to just talk about what they were doing in the fraternity, problems, fixes, and engage in some all-important gossip. The original members started inviting new people, who invited more new people, who, in turn…
It’s a big event.
The nice thing is that at a Tainter’s function, there are no “rules”. A new Junior Steward might be sitting at the same table as a Grand Master, or a couple of Past Grand Masters, or various other Grand Lodge types; yet titles and positions are not observed. The guy next to you is simply “Bro. Chip” or “Bro. Art.” We gossip, trade jokes and swap stories, and generally let off some steam.
This year, as in many previous years, the Tainter’s meeting was organized by partymeister Bob, who thought that it would be a great idea to bring our wives, girlfriends, mistresses, and/or other significants, and turn it into a Ladies’ Night. I think that we had about 80 people, essentially taking over the restaurant for the evening.
It was certainly nice to see everybody having such a great time. Maybe we should put Bob in charge of doing this every year.