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Roswell Masons serve up history, grub for Youth Day

The brothers of the Roswell Masonic Lodge prepare barbecue each year to serve after the Youth Day Parade. Jonathan Copsey.
October 08, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. – For as long as Roswell has celebrated Youth Day, the men of Roswell Masonic Lodge No. 165 have served up barbecue and Brunswick stew alongside it.

The Youth Day Parade used to end at the lodge, which sits at the corner of Ga. 9 and Green Street.

"This has always coincided with Youth Day," said James Powell, the Mason in charge of the barbecue event. "The parade used to end at the Roswell Lodge, so you would do the parade and then do the barbecue."

The Masons smoke hams in their kitchen for 24 hours before serving it out to hungry guests after the parade. They also have cauldrons of Brunswick stew bubbling away the night before.

Most Masonic organizations conduct their business quietly, donating money or volunteers to local charities. However, their many charitable efforts still need funding. The Youth Day Barbecue is the Roswell lodge's main fundraiser.

"It's some of the best barbecue I've had and definitely the best Brunswick stew," Powell said.

"If you want the full Youth Day experience, stopping by for a plate of Lodge barbecue is a huge part of that."

The 63rd annual Roswell Masonic Barbecue is Oct. 12, right after the Youth Day Parade, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lodge, 1054 Alpharetta St, Roswell, Ga. 30075. A complete barbecue pork plate with original recipe Brunswick stew is $8 per plate and Brunswick stew is $30 for a gallon.

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