Annual Dutchess District Christmas Visit to the Masonic Care Community in Utica, NY


Each year in October, Dutchess District Masons, their wives, family members and friends travel to the Masonic Care Community (MMC) in Utica, NY to distribute Christmas presents to the 400 residents at the facilities.  The trip is preceded by a “wrapping” event, held at Hendrick Hudson Lodge #875 , located in Red Hook, NY, usually held on the weekend prior to the trip.

In 2016, the Dutchess District visit was held on Saturday, October 15th.  Approximately 40 participants included Masons, their family members, and friends.  Most boarded a bus financed by the Masonic Care Community for the 2.5 hour trip to Utica.  While there, they were treated to a guided tour of the campus, including a walk through Acadia Village, the independent living facility for Masons and their wives.  Dutchess District visitors were also treated to lunch and a presentation of the work and activities carried out at the MCC.

Prior to the visit, Masons, and family members met and wrapped 400 gifts, include tote bags, calendars, and teddy bears for the MCC residents.  The visit extended from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm.