Volunteers from the Sons of Beaufort Lodge #367 of the Free and Accepted Masons take time out from their cooking to get their picture taken for posterity.

Fish Fry becomes a neighborhood tradition

By Bob Sofaly

A fish fry is a fish fry is a fish fry. And there is nothing special about red rice. But combine them and throw in a little cole slaw and you have heaven on a paper plate and the annual fund raiser for the Sons of Beaufort Lodge 36 of Free and Accepted Masons.

Saturday marked the 14th annual Fish Fry to help with charitable contributions and the high cost of maintaining the Lodge’s hundred-year-old building, recently recognized as a National Landmark.

“We deep fry about 80 pounds of fish,” according to the Lodge’s Worshipful Master, Nathan Ridley.  Included in the traditional meal besides the fish is red rice, cole slaw and a soft drink. A couple of cookies are added for those who have a sweet tooth.

“It’s become a neighborhood tradition,” Ridley said. “We’ll do the same thing next year”, he said.

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