The Easter Bunny, a.k.a. Worshipful Master Lee Hays, hopped around the lawn of the Masonic Lodge on Saturday making sure everyone had a good time.
Dressed in shirts and dresses that were the same colors as the plastic eggs they were searching for, toddlers darted back and forth across the lawn at Masonic Lodge 326 in Ormond Beach on Saturday, April 15.
Searching for the eggs that contained stickers and other small toys, the little ones would walk right past half a dozen eggs placed in plain sight, to pluck one from a bush or behind a tree. Parents and grandparents gently guided the smallest of the egg hunters in the right direction so that every basket was filled at the end.
Ilsa Morris wasn’t sure about the plastic egg the size of an ostrich egg hidden inside a bush, but eventually it made its way into her basket and contained a full-size candy bar.
The event was the first for the Ormond Beach Masonic Lodge and included a bounce house for the little ones, as well as the older children who helped “plant” the eggs.
Tours of the lodge were also being conducted, though most of the talk focused on the replacement of the roof and ceiling, destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.
The organization decided to have the event to bring attention to the existence of the Masonic Lodge in Ormond Beach.
“People ask, “What is that symbol,” Senior Deacon John Stein said. “They’ve seen the building but don’t know what it is.”
Meetings are the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7:30 p.m. While guests are invited to dinner, only Masons are allowed in the closed-door meeting at 7:30.
Dan Kimble said there’s no secret to becoming a Mason.
“2 B 1 ASK 1,” Kimble said.
The saying means those who want to become a Mason only need to ask another Mason.