It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Langdon, and the Lebanon Lodge #34 is going to help bring the Christmas spirit to the town as well. Once again, the Lodge will be sponsoring free Christmas movies for the community to enjoy. Lodge member Jesse Breyer is handling the event this year and will be showing three Christmas films that are sure to make even the grinchiest heart grow three sizes this Christmas season.
By Melissa Anderson
“This is a way to give back to the community and make the holidays more festive and enjoyable for families. We are doing family movies for families to enjoy together,” Breyer said.
Last year, the movies that were shown included some new Christmas classics as well as old favorites. Breyer explained that Lodge members wanted to have a classic movie, but that idea was rejected.
The films that were selected include Home Alone 1 and 2 as well as the winning people’s choice film How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey as the loveable Grinch. The Lodge had community members vote on which movie they wanted to see, A Christmas Carol or the winner, prior to December on their Facebook page.
“Last year, the movies had roughly 30 people attend each showing. We had every age range from grandpas and grandmas to moms and kids or husband and wife, random people showing up one by one,” Breyer shared.
The movies will be shown at the Roxy Theater at 7:30 p.m. the first three Tuesdays in December starting on December 4 with Home Alone 1, December 11th’s showing will be Home Alone 2, and the final showing will be How the Grinch Stole Christmas on December 18.
“This is just a way to get people out of the house and into the Christmas spirit,” Breyer said.
What movie would be complete without popcorn? Lebanon Lodge #34 has those who attend covered there as well by providing free Roxy popcorn to everyone who attends the movies. Members of the Lodge volunteer for each movie showing serving popcorn and pop, as well as helping to clean up after the show.
“We are hoping more people will come out and enjoy it this year. It’s a free movie and free popcorn. The only thing you have to buy is a drink and any other candy you might want,” Breyer said.
The Lodge pays for it out of our own funds. They do this out of the goodness of their hearts to give back to the community.
The Lebanon Lodge #34 was started in Langdon in June 17, 1891. Today, the Lodge has 104 members. Besides the free Christmas movies and popcorn that are paid by the Lodge itself, the Lodge is also working on having a larger impact on the community. They hope to do this through renting of their space for parties as well as eventual plans to offer scholarships to students in the area. The Lodge has been making efforts to make their space more accesible by improving it. Over the last two to three months the members have been receiving donations from the community to renovate the kitchen area to be more efficient and modern. From a new griddle, dishwasher, stove, ovens, and flooring, Breyer stated that everything has been spruced up.
“It’s a 100 year difference now between what it was equipment-wise versus now,” Breyer explained.
The Lodge will be hosting a free-will breakfast donation to show off the new kitchen on January 1, 2019.
For those interested or who have questions, the group directs you to visit their Facebook page Lebanon Lodge #34.