Wednesday, November 23, 2011

‘Second Circle is ON’

'Oh, it is so on.'

The dead have no existence
other than that which
the living imagine for them.

Jean-Claude Schmitt
Ghosts in the Middle Ages:
The Living and the Dead
in Medieval Society

The New Jersey Second Circle of The Masonic Society will meet again next week for its second annual Feast of Saint Andrew.

Wednesday, November 30
7 p.m.
Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House
409 Franklin Street in Bloomfield

Cost: $41 per person.

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Professor Breandán Mac Suibhne will present The Freemasons and the Fannet Ghost: An Episode in Irish Cultural History, 1786–1822. This will be a reprise of his lecture to the International Conference on the History of Freemasonry in Virginia this May. It is part ghost story, and part political history, but it is a tale you won’t forget.

Breandán Mac Suibhne, Assistant Professor of History at Centenary College, is a historian of society and culture in Ireland. He has published on para-militarism and the construction of Irish identity in the 1780s, republican rebellion and its suppression in the 1790s, and agrarian “improvement” and social and political unrest in the 1800s.

One of the founding editors of Field Day Review, an interdisciplinary journal of Irish politics and culture past and present, he also is editor of John Gamble’s Society and Manners in Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland, and, with David Dickson, he edited Hugh Dorian’s The Outer Edge of Ulster: A Memoir of Social Life in Nineteenth-Century Donegal, the most extensive account of Ireland’s Great Famine. He is completing a monograph on northwest Ulster, c. 1786–1822.

Let’s get together for drinks at 6:30, and we’ll retire to our room at 7 p.m.

It is NOT necessary to be a member of The Masonic Society to attend. All Masons are welcome, as are our ladies, family, and friends.

If you were there last year, you noticed it’s a small space. Seating IS limited to 30. Reservations are required and, as always, must be made in advance by transmitting your payment, via PayPal. See the "button" above.

For entrées we’ll have broiled salmon, chicken marsala, and prime rib, plus red roasted potatoes, all served as buffet. Plus there will be copious appetizers, the house salad, soft drinks, and coffee & dessert. Of course the bar will be open for your individual patronage.

(And of course the famous Masonic Society gift bag awaits you at the end of the evening.)

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at that address as well, and I will get right back to you.

Swingers image courtesy Independent Pictures (II).