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Tickets available for Masons Lobster Feed

FORT KENT, Maine — Using a custom pot designed to boil 90 lobsters at a time, members of Fort Kent Masonic Lodge 209 will host their Second Annual Lobster Feed at Riverside Park on Aug. 11.

The fundraiser will take place during the weekend of the town’s annual Muskie Derby and Ploye Festival.

The masons will once again transport Maine lobster “fresh off the docks” of Boothbay to Fort Kent for the event, according to Lodge Master Larry Murphy.

Hayden Alley, a University of Maine at Fort Kent graduate and mason who lives in East Boothbay, will deliver the lobsters north via a refrigerated truck.

“He’s a nice young man; very mature and very helpful,” Murphy said. A friend of Alley’s and fellow Bayview Lodge 196 mason Myron Hahn, designed the special lobster cooking pot.

Alley and Hahn also delivered lobster to last year’s feed when Alley was a student at UMFK studying forestry. Hahn, a Maine Maritime Academy graduate noticed at last year’s lobster feed that the men were struggling to maintain many boiling pots, so he offered to design and build a giant pot for this year’s event.

“So now he’s built this large lobster cooking device. All he’s asking us to do is to get propane gas for it,” Murphy said. “They said they’ve used it already and said it works like a dream.”

Money raised from the lobster feed will support local initiatives, including literacy in schools, youth activities and community betterment. The masons participate in a Books for Bikes program each year during which they give away free bicycles to children who earn chances to win the bicycles by reading books. They also support local projects, such as when they donated thousands of dollars to help pay for new soccer lights at Fort Kent Community High School, and a new playground at Fort Kent Elementary School. And they provide funding for the Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp, as well as Project Graduation and the Deboullie trip for middle school students.

The Fort Kent masons hope to sell 200 tickets to the lobster feed fundraiser, and would like to sell them in advance so they know how many lobsters to purchase. The tickets are $35 each and include two lobsters at about a pound and a quarter each, a healthy serving of steamers, a fresh ear of corn, baked potato and a blueberry muffin for dessert. Larry Murphy’s daughter, Erica Murphy, will bake the blueberry muffins.

 The masons have altered the menu slightly from last year as they plan to use fresh corn in place of the frozen ears they prepared for last year’s fundraiser.

“We’re gonna husk it and boil it right there at the site. The frozen corn was OK but we want to do it a little bit better this year,” Larry Murphy said.

Tickets are available from any of the 12 active Fort Kent masons, including Murphy, who said anyone seeking tickets are free to call his cell phone at 231-0445. Tickets also are available in town at Paradis Shop ‘n Save, S.W. Collins, and NAPA Auto Parts.

The Masons Lobster Feed will take place 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Lion’s Pavilion at Riverside Park. Tickets at the door, if available, will sell for $40.

— Using a custom pot designed to boil 90 lobsters at a time, members of Fort Kent Masonic Lodge 209 will host their Second Annual Lobster Feed at Riverside Park on Aug. 11.

The fundraiser will take place during the weekend of the town’s annual Muskie Derby and Ploye Festival.

The masons will once again transport Maine lobster “fresh off the docks” of Boothbay to Fort Kent for the event, according to Lodge Master Larry Murphy.

Hayden Alley, a University of Maine at Fort Kent graduate and mason who lives in East Boothbay, will deliver the lobsters north via a refrigerated truck.

“He’s a nice young man; very mature and very helpful,” Murphy said. A friend of Alley’s and fellow Bayview Lodge 196 mason Myron Hahn, designed the special lobster cooking pot.

Alley and Hahn also delivered lobster to last year’s feed when Alley was a student at UMFK studying forestry. Hahn, a Maine Maritime Academy graduate noticed at last year’s lobster feed that the men were struggling to maintain many boiling pots, so he offered to design and build a giant pot for this year’s event.

“So now he’s built this large lobster cooking device. All he’s asking us to do is to get propane gas for it,” Murphy said. “They said they’ve used it already and said it works like a dream.”

Money raised from the lobster feed will support local initiatives, including literacy in schools, youth activities and community betterment. The masons participate in a Books for Bikes program each year during which they give away free bicycles to children who earn chances to win the bicycles by reading books. They also support local projects, such as when they donated thousands of dollars to help pay for new soccer lights at Fort Kent Community High School, and a new playground at Fort Kent Elementary School. And they provide funding for the Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp, as well as Project Graduation and the Deboullie trip for middle school students.

The Fort Kent masons hope to sell 200 tickets to the lobster feed fundraiser, and would like to sell them in advance so they know how many lobsters to purchase. The tickets are $35 each and include two lobsters at about a pound and a quarter each, a healthy serving of steamers, a fresh ear of corn, baked potato and a blueberry muffin for dessert. Larry Murphy’s daughter, Erica Murphy, will bake the blueberry muffins.

The masons have altered the menu slightly from last year as they plan to use fresh corn in place of the frozen ears they prepared for last year’s fundraiser.

“We’re gonna husk it and boil it right there at the site. The frozen corn was OK but we want to do it a little bit better this year,” Larry Murphy said.

Tickets are available from any of the 12 active Fort Kent masons, including Murphy, who said anyone seeking tickets are free to call his cell phone at 231-0445. Tickets also are available in town at Paradis Shop ‘n Save, S.W. Collins, and NAPA Auto Parts.

The Masons Lobster Feed will take place 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Lion’s Pavilion at Riverside Park. Tickets at the door, if available, will sell for $40.

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