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Lodge to host benefit dinner

Alma Masonic Lodge No. 735 will have a smoked barbecue benefit dinner Saturday to help with the purchase of a chair lift for its physically disabled members.

Lodge members will be smoking two whole hogs and about 75 pounds of chicken, with baked and smoked potatoes, desserts and drinks, said Jack Peters, district deputy grand master.

“There will be plenty to eat and drink, I guarantee you,” Peters said.

Dinners will be offered from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the lodge on Main Street in Alma, he said.

“You won’t miss it; we’ll have signs up everywhere,” Peters said.

Tickets are $8 each, and can be bought in advance or at the door. Kids 8 and under eat free. Local musicians also will be performing, according to an event flier.

Peters is over 17 lodges in the area, and said members with Lodge No. 735 often smoke meats for events. The smoked pork is some of the best that can be found, he said.

A “couple of guys” with the lodge have a special talent for smoking, and members have enjoyed smoked goat and lamb as well as pork, he said.

Proceeds from the benefit will go toward making the lodge more handicapped accessible, Peters said.

“We’ve got a lot of older members in our lodge and we’re trying to get a chair lift to help get them up to the top step,” Peters said.

For more information, contact Peters at (479) 806-3273.

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