From the Venerable Master (October, 2015)

posted Dec 12, 2015, 1:50 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 3:32 PM ]

My Brothers and their Ladies,

Congratulations to the San Jose Consistory for putting on an absolutely marvelous Murder Mystery Dinner. The 50's theme produced many amusing and interesting costumes. Very well done!
As the fall reunion nears, it will usher in jack-o-lanterns, costumes, and children. I found some interesting information about the Jack -o'-lantern. The origin of carving the jack-o-lantern is uncertain. However, the New Zealand Maori carved gourds that were used as cave lanterns 700 years ago. There is a common belief that carving of Jack-o-lanterns originated in Ireland in the 19th century, according to historian Ronald Hutton. The carved pumpkin lantern was used in association with Halloween in 1866 in the U.S.. Jack-o-lanterns have been featured in many, many novels, poems, cartoons and movies.  There was even a ship named The Jack-o-lantern.  Near the end of this month, city dwellers will be going to pumpkin patches all across the country to find that perfect pumpkin from which to carve the best jack-o-lantern.  Happy Halloween! 

Fraternally, Jack (O-LANTERN) Harris  -  Venerable Master