Feztival of Trees opens at Kora Shrine Temple

Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Tiara Veit, 11, of Lewiston admires Christmas trees at the seventh annual Feztival of Trees at the Kora Shrine Temple in Lewiston on Saturday. Sixty-five tress are on display during the fraternal fundraiser that helps support maintenance of the building. A craft fair, food court, music and silent auction are available during the holiday event. Event Co-chairman Randy Murray said 20,000 people came to see the trees in 2011. The display is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $2 and children under 12 get in at no charge. Go to sunjournal.com/feztival2012 to watch a video.

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Maintenance! Really???? NOT! Wolves in sheep's clothing ....

In 1987, the Washington Monthly published "Faith, hope and chicanery; want to do some good? Ask your favorite charity where it spends its money" and wrote:

"The Shrine fraternity, which operates the nation’s largest charity, has been misleading the public for years…In 1984, the circuses reaped an estimated profit of $17.5 million. The charity’s own records show the hospitals received only 1 per cent of that, a total of $182,000."

This investigation has grown from dryly describing numbers on non profit tax returns to exposing the Shriners' dirty-little-secret sub-group, the Royal Order of Jesters and their prostitution scandals.
It's been kind of shocking to discover that this American icon has been "misleading the public for years" (1), and then come to find out that some of these Shriner/Jesters have committed sex crimes under the guise of being a non profit group.

You know.

Prostitution at tax payer expense.

Tax returns show that Jesters national spent over $570,000 on one weekend bash.

I know.

"Where do I sign up?"

If you want to join, memberships go like this.

A man must first be a Master Mason who can then join other sub groups like the Scottish Rite, the Knights Templar or the Shriners. However, a Shriner becomes a member of the Royal Order of Jesters upon secret invitation.

Shriners had first hand experience with drugs and prostitution while on fishing trips to Brazil.

Court documents include statements from five “Jane Does” given to the Brazilian federal police and depositions from two Brazilian fishing guides.

One of the girls said she had after she’d been lured off her Indian reservation by a man named “Richard” who said he’d pay her to clean his fishing boat. Once on the boat, she found that she was supposed to drink whiskey and have sex with North American tourists.

Another said she was left pregnant at 13 after such a trip.

One fishing guide testified that these Jesters preferred to be called "Masons" and identified them in pictures having sex with underage girls.

Masons, especially the Shriners and their Jesters have absolutely no credibility and do not deserve tax exempt status anywhere in the United States. All so-called "charity" events are continuing attempts to cover-up their organizational crimes and dupe the public.

Piece of Candy little girl? How about a nice "barbie doll" Christmas tree?

The building should be torn down.

President Washington was right when, before his death, he disavowed any connection or affiliation he ever had with the Masons.

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very nice for the kids. i

very nice for the kids. i went today around 1pm. there were so many people we couldn't really see anything.....except that one tree that had all the barbie and girly stuff that my kid was excited about. i put all 10 tickets into that one since my daughter wouldn't leave it. we are planning to go back. i work until 7 at the hospital, and since it's open until 8 we can meet up and go after work.
i also picked up the handout about the murals and i would like to look at them. i never knew much about the history of the kora shrine temple's organization, this was the first time i have ever been inside the building, and i'd like to learn more.

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It's a beautiful building.

It's a beautiful building. The Shriners is a great organization , they do a lot for the kids.
It's best to go during the week it's quieter.

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i love it too

this is very nice and the kids LOVE it.

Travis Lemay's picture

I get why it is called Feztival and not Festival But.....

I get why it is called Fe"Z"tival and not Fe"S"tival. But Why is it not "Feztival of CHRISTMAS Trees"

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I'm so excited! I love the

I'm so excited! I love the festival of trees. My husband is a Shriner, and they are great. They do so much for kids. If you haven't been, it is a truely magical sight. Everyone should see it. :)

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