Falconry: Ancient and Modern Usages was held on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Eighty Five total attendees were treated to a great presentation by Alan Colussy.
The night began with a rarity at GCII: fried chicken. During the meal, our guests kept inquiring as to the location of the birds, especially the children. That evening, our first guests in the Lodge Hall were Falcon / Hawk hybrids. As our attendees filed into the South Lodge of the Masonic Temple, a look of "oh" came over most of their faces as they realized that the birds were already perched and waiting for them. Worshipful Master Michael Bjelajac welcomed the gathering a turned the floor over to Alan Colussy. Alan spoke for nearly twenty five minutes on everything from the Mid East / Asian origins of the art of Falconry to it's modern usages. Realizing the wide interest in his subject and raptors, he kept a bird on one arm and the microphone in the other as he carefully visited each quadrant of the Lodge Room.
Both the birds and Alan exhibited an amazing amount of patience for all of the questions which came after his presentation - and there were many. Of course, how often does one get to see one of these birds up close. For an hour after the question and answer session concluded, Alan was in the cafeteria providing photo opportunities and answering more questions. The best part was having over twenty percent of our audience being under eight years old. While the adults wide eyed and curious, the children were amazed!
Thanks so much to Brother Alan Colussy for his time, patience and expertise.
Gate City II is an Atlanta Masonic Lodge. We are Free and Accepted Masons working under the jurisdiction of The Grand Lodge of Georgia. We meet at the Atlanta Masonic Center (formerly The Atlanta Masonic Temple) 1690 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309