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Masons’ Lobster Feed fundraiser returning to Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Masonic Lodge 209 will host its third annual Lobster Feed at Riverside Park on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Using a custom pot designed to boil 90 lobsters at a time, the Masons plan to cook 500 lobsters in all, fresh off the docks from Boothbay, according to Lodge Master Larry Murphy.. 

“They are being brought up by some of our Masonic brothers at the Boothbay Lodge,” Murphy said. “We have half a dozen coming this year to help out with the project. They’re quite interested in seeing it take place up here.” 

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. 

Masonic Lodge 209 will host its third annual Lobster Feed on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Riverside Park.
(Courtesy of Jeremy Shapiro)

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.

“There’s a big restoration project going on or the library. We have donated a couple thousand dollars to that project but we are also going to be physically helping with putting on a new roof at the library. Our members are going to get their hands dirty doing a little carpentry work on the library so we’re pretty proud of that.” 

Murphy said the Masons hope to sell all of their tickets ahead of the Lobster Feed. 

“Right now we’ve got about 125 tickets sold and have another 125 to go,” Murphy said. “We  prefer to have them all sold before we have our day, but if not there might be a chance to buy tickets as a walk in, but not likely.” 

The tickets are $40 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.

Tickets are available from any of the 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 third annual Masons’ Lobster Feed will take place at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Lion’s Pavilion at Riverside Park in Fort Kent.

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