Masonic Homecoming Festival starts Friday
OXFORD — More involvement from the community is expected during a parade and activities for the third annual Masonic Homecoming Festival this weekend.
A golf tournament starts the activities on Friday and a parade highlights Saturday’s events. Live music will be available on campus of the Masonic Home for Children both days.
“This is a community event,” said Kevin Otis, the administrator at the home. “We’ve included a lot more community groups and school groups in the parade.”
Units from the Shriners three temples – Amram, Sudan and Oasis – are regulars for the parade. They’ll be joined this year by the Mary Potter Middle School band, the J.F. Webb football and volleyball teams, N.C. Martial Arts College, Cub Scout Pack No. 637 and the Granville County Humane Society.
Late Saturday morning, the homecoming queen and her court will be introduced.
After the judges announce the winner of the barbecue cook-off, attendees can sample the results to verify the judges’ decision. Other food and drink will also be available for lunch under the oaks.
Registration for the weekend will take place near Parham Cottage and in the basement of York Rite Chapel.
The museum in Cobb Center will be open. Ragland Productions will provide inflatables for the enjoyment of the young at heart.
During the afternoon, visitors may tour the campus, cottages, School of Graphic Arts Print and Design Center and Cobb Center museum and archives. A shuttle will be available.
Sunday events will begin with a worship service in York Rite Chapel, followed by a business meeting. Sunday supper under the oaks will follow at noon and continue until 2, when the festival will come to a conclusion.
“The weekend blends two historic events,” Otis said. “Previously, we celebrated St. John’s Day in June and Alumni Day in October.”
The Masonic Home began as the Oxford Orphan Asylum in 1873 and is this year celebrating 140 years.
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• 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Chip Shots Golf Tournament, Kerr Lake Country Club
• Noon to 6:30 p.m.: Barbecue registration
• 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Andrew Jackson Lodge stew sale at “The Pit”
• 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Music Room Band at “The Pit”
• 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Museum open; reception, Cobb Center
• 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m.: E.G. Peters Band at “The Pit”
• 9:30 a.m.: Welcome, main stage at St. John’s
• 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Shriners parade, downtown Oxford
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Museum open, Cobb Center
• 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: “The Pit” is open for lunch
• 11:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Lunch under the Oaks
• Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Craig Woolard Band at St. John’s
• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Open house tours