This reaction and excitement happened 815 additional times (even once for the Mayor!), as Officers, Brethren, and friends of William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge No. 7 (Singleton Lodge) volunteered at the 30th Annual Glover Park Day last Saturday.
Glover Park Day is an annual festival that brings together thousands of people from across Washington. For eight of the past nine years, Singleton Lodge has staffed and volunteered a table at this festival to connect with the local community. For the past four years, the lodge sponsored a bouncy house and served free snocones to all commers.
Singleton Lodge stared their involvement in the festival in 2010, when the Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge at the time, RW Bro. Jeffrey D. Russell, brought the opportunity to the attention of Worshipful Brother James W. Mitchell. Given the lodge’s proximity to Glover Park and their long-standing tradition of community service, it seemed like a natural partnership. In addition, Glover Park was named for Charles Glover, the first Master of William R. Singleton Lodge and a very engaged and involved civic leader of Washington in the 19th century.
While this was only the fourth year the Lodge has served snocones, it has become an informal tradition for Glover Park Day attendees. For many festival goers, this would be their first snocone. But most surprising was the couple in their 40’s, who hadn’t even heard of the delicious frozen treats before.
But the best visit of the day came from the Mayor of DC, herself – Muriel Bowser. Though she didn’t partake in a snocone, she thanked the members of the Lodge for their service and dedication to the community.
Throughout the day, members also had conversations about the Fraternity. Quite a few people shared how their grandfather or father was a Mason back home. Others asked questions about what we do and how they could join the fraternity.
It takes a lot to make Glover Park Day successful. This year the Lodge made 816 snocones, requiring 7 gallons of snocone mix, 48 bags of ice, and a whole lot of help from a number of brothers, including: Bro. Graham Keithley, Bro. James Brock, RW Bro. Adam Tager, Bro. Zach Rubenfeld, Bro. Jeff Hawn, Bro. Bilal Sleiman, W. Bro. Jason Lebowtiz, Bro. Luke Hertzel, Bro. Sam Johannes, Bro. Mike Rudolph (All the way from Boston!), Bro. Andrew Uhlman and Bro. Fred Edwards (of The Patriot Lodge No. 1956 in Virginia), and M.W. Bro. Jeff Russell, our Grand Secretary.