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Masonic Gingerbread House

Charles Dickens, Gingerbread
& The Freemasons

Suffolk Lodge No. 60 Free & Accepted Masons, established in 1796 in Suffolk County, Long Island, has been an integral part of the Port Jefferson community since 1910, when it moved into the former Presbyterian Church building.


This year marks 113 years of the brotherhood's presence in this village. For the last 27 years, the Lodge has actively participated in the Annual Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival, offering holiday performances in its Masonic Temple.


Since 2010, they have also been organizing the Gingerbread House Contest, a beloved community event that adds to the holiday spirit. The COVID-19 pandemic temporarily halted this tradition, but efforts are underway to revive it with renewed vigor.


This year, the Port Jefferson Masonic Temple is set to host the contest in its vibrant setting, complete with Mrs. Claus' Cookie Shop. Here, visitors can enjoy interaction with Mrs. Claus, savor fresh baked cookies, and warm up with hot apple cider.


The festive atmosphere is further enhanced by a variety of holiday decorations and a genuine Lionel Train Display, which will be raffled off at the festival's conclusion. The event also offers an opportunity for visitors to vote for their favorite gingerbread house, with winners being announced on Sunday afternoon, making it a delightful and engaging community experience.

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