The Grotto Ormazd

1700 Edgewater Dr
Orlando FL  32804-5823

Phone: (407) 900-5870

The Grotto Ormazd

The complete name of this organization is Mystic Order Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm. Al Mokanna, the Veiled Prophet, bears also the name of Hakem ben Haschem, and according to Persian records lived sometime between the seventh and eighth centuries. Some authorities give the name of the prophet, Al Mokanna, the Veiled One, as Al Hakim ibn Otto, and the date of his activity as about the year 760. His prophecies were uttered from behind a veil, hence the term applied to him. Thomas Moore wrote a poem interesting on account of the details regarding Al Mokanna, as well for the mention of places and persons useful in the naming of the Grottoes. However, in the case of the Grotto, the poem by Moore was not the source of inspiration which produced the Ritual.

Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm was the name finally chosen because of the enchanting goodfellowship the members had found within the mystical realm of the Order. As expressed by Commodore W. C. Eaton, the Order was planned to be the most secluded of Secret Orders; it was to be veiled, and the Mokanna of the poem was adopted as the mask or veil of secrecy which the Order was supposed to wear before the world. Thus the Al Mokanna of the poem is not indicative of the ideals taught by the Order; he is only the veil, and the use of Persian names by Grottoes simply fringes the veil with the peculiar charm of mysticism and imagery associated with all that comes from the mysterious East. The real Mokanna of the Prophets dwells in the hearts of the faithful and is so opposite in character to the false Mokanna of the poem that he is known only to those who have looked behind the veil and beheld the Enchanted Realm.

Dr. Oren Root of Hamilton College gave at an early meeting of the Supreme Council a response to a toast discussing the Why of the organization. From this we take the following: Freemasonry deals with manhood, square and upright; it is practical and earnest. Speculative minds have built upon the practical tenets of Freemasonry extended systems having abstruse and complicated meanings. Others, fully realizing that “Life is real, life is earnests have felt that the real would be no less real, the earnestness no less strong, if there came the warmth of humor, the gleam of wit, and the glow of sympathy. We need sunshine in life as well as in the air. Master Masons, good and true, of Hamilton Lodge, No. 120, averse to trespassing upon the dignified earnestness of the Lodge, yet feeling the need and value of closer, warmer communion, were wont, after the Lodge closed, to tarry for social intercourse. In the flowing humor and the sparkling wit, in the joke and song, the heart warmth oft and long remembered of these tarryings, they entered a Realm Enchanted, and by and by they became its Prophets. To perpetuate what gave them pleasure, and as true warm souls are generous to widen the scope of it, they organized. As they were Freemasons.

they limited its boundary to the Masonic Fraternity though it makes no claim to be Freemasonry. So the Order came: Mystic in its subtle lessons as in its form; Veiled because no human heart stands all revealed: of an Enchanted Realm, because who does not know how duties wear and sorrows burden in any un-enchanted realm? If Rites are framed to teach higher speculative tenets and we honor them, so too may Rites well be framed to gather and scatter the warm-heart sunshine of life. The Grand Alchemist has tested it; it is elixir.

The origin and development of the Order is explained at length in Doctor Mackey’s revised History of Freemasonry (pages 198S91). The Grotto was born of an effort for stronger sociability among the Brethren of Hamilton Lodge No. 120, Free and Accepted Masons, Hamilton, New York. The very informality did not tend to the keeping of complete records but any uncertainty later about the facts was met by the circumstance that several of the original members long continued their able activities in the Grotto, Brother Sidney D. Smith becoming the Grand Secretary. Brother LeRoy Fairchild and other Brethren of Hamilton Lodge had often met for fun and frolic.

Their lively social relations, some times mischievous but never mean, resulted during the summer of 1889 in an initiation promising rich enjoyment. This project received a warm welcome and a more permanent organization seemed necessary. September 10, 1889, there was an organization meeting held in the Masonic Hall at Hamilton of the following Brethren: LeRoy Fairchild, George Beal, Sidney D. Smith, Thos. H. Beal, Wm. M. West, J. W. Clark, U. C. Van Vleck, B. J. Stimson, Adon N. Smith, H. S. Gardiner, C. J. Griswold. Robert Patterson, A. M. Russell, John A. Holmgren, John F. Howe, G. G. Waldron, and Edwin L. Peet. At this first meeting the following officers were elected: LeRoy Fairchild, K. D.; B. J. Stimson, C. J.; George Beal, C.; J. W. Clark, C.; Thos. H. Beal, W. D. R.; and Sidney D. Smith, Secretary.

This organization developed into the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm, but there was at the start nothing more intended than a local affair. Of this we are assured by the name. The assembled Brethren chose as a title the Fairchild Deviltry Committee, and the presiding officer was called the King Devil . Membership was decided at this first meeting to be confined exclusively to Master Masons in good standing. Brothers R. R. Riddell and H. P. Tompkins were proposed as the first candidates and a date was set for their initiation. The ceremony proved a great success. A Ritual had been written by Brothers George Beal and Adon N. Smith. This work evoked warm praise and a Ritual Committee comprising Brothers R. R. Riddell, George Beal, A. N. Smith, LeRoy Fairchild, T. H. Beal, and W. M. West, was appointed to further perfect the ceremonial.

When contributing his recollections freely for this account of the Grotto, Grand Secretary Smith accorded to Prophets R. R. Riddell and George Beal the credit for successfully working out the revision. Brother Riddell brought ideal qualifications to the task, brilliantly embellishing the revised work with gems fanciful and sparkling, and inspiring much of the showy dash, urge and glitter. His suggestion was that the characters be given mythological names. This idea worked out splendidly though there was scarcely anything of classical mythology in the drama. Prophet George Beal was the author of the original Ritual and received valuable assistance from Brother Riddell and others in working out the first revision but all the later work was done by him alone. The pioneer labor of Brother Beal survived. Brother Smith so s that none of the changes since made in the Ritual disturbed the main lines laid down by Brother Beal.

The services of Prophet Beal were officially recognized by the Supreme Council at the Annual Session held in June, 1917, at Washington, District of Columbia, when a suitable resolution was unanimously adopted and a Committee comprising Past Grand Monarchs Charles E. Lansing, Hiram D. Rogers and J. F. McGregory was appointed to have it engrossed and presented. The following quotation is from this testimonial:

Resolved, that the Supreme Council in conjunction with all Veiled Prophets of the Realm do assure our worthy and esteemed Prophet George Beal of our appreciation of his work as Committee on Ritual, embracing as it does all the essential and beautiful Seets of the Order, the promulgation of which has been a potent factor and conducive to the advancement and upbuilding of the Order.

Brother Smith contradicts the statement that the Grotto was founded on Chapter Twenty-four of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, as the original Ritual will show. A copy of this as well as every revised edition is preserved in the safe of the Grand Secretary and nearly all are in the handwriting of Prophet George Beal who, Brother Smith tells us, never saw the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Minor modifications became advisable and another Committee was appointed. This comprised Brothers LeRoy Fairchild, George Beal, W. C. Eaton, and J. F. McGregory. They eliminated some features and some additions were made by this Committee, and these proved most acceptable. These amendments left the Ritual in a form which at once became practically permanent.

Temporary and local as the organization may have appeared at the beginning the success attained such proportions that the growing institution needed a suitable governing and organizing body. May 28, 1890, the Brethren of the F. D. C. met and studied the extension of the Order. They unanimously resolved to establish a Supreme Council with power to control affairs. Measures to that end were adopted. Thereby the Supreme Council of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm was duly set in operation on Friday, June 13, 1890, to carry systematically onward to Master Masons everywhere the fun and frolic of the Grotto. When the Supreme Council was organized there were fourteen members present, Brother LeRoy Fairchild presiding, with Brother Sidney D. Smith acting as Secretary. The Constitution and Statutes of the Supreme Council of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm were read and approved. Officers were elected as follows:

Thomas L. James, Grand Monareh, New York City.
LeRoy Fairchild, Deputy Grand Monarch, Hamilton, New York.
George H. Raymond, Grand Chief Justice, New York City.
J. C. Terry, Grand Master Ceremonies, St. Paul, Minnesota.
William M. West, Grand Treasurer, Hamilton, New York.
Sidney D. Smith, Grand Seeretary, Hamilton New York
Oren Root, Grand Keeper of Archived Clinton, New York.
James Byron Murray, Grand Orator, Auburn New York
V. G. Prophet, Hnmilton, New York.
U. C. Van Vleek, Trustee, Hamilton, New York.
Adon N. Smith, Trustee, Hamilton, New York
D. B. West, Trustee, Hamilton, New York.


Your ORMAZD GROTTO is located in "The City Beautiful!" of Orlando, Florida at 1700 Edgewater Dr. in the community of College Park, on the corner of Edgewater Dr. and Yates Street, just across the street from the US Post Office Building

The Grotto is the Freemasons playground!
We have lots of fun at the Grotto while helping special needs children with dental issues!
Cheap annual dues ($31)!
Poker nights! Parties and dances! Live music!
Full Bar! Great food!

SOME OF THE MANY PRIVLEGES OF BEING A GROTTO MEMBER

An open sesame for fun and a fuller life for the whole family, including enjoyment of beautiful ceremonials, installations, family picnics, pilgrimages to near and far places, football and baseball

The Grottoes of North America is a charitable organization, dedicated to promoting Good fellowship, Friendship, and fun among Master Masons.

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Founded: Jun 13, 1890

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Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting
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Texas Holdem Poker Tournament
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Registration / Food starting at 6:00 PM Cards fly at 7:00 PM Live Music! $40 advanced buy in, $50 at the door Re-buys and add-ons offered 50/50 raffle 1st place...

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting
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Texas Holdem Poker Tournament

Texas Holdem Poker Tournament
06:00 pm - 10/13/2017

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Registration / Food starting at 6:00 PM Cards fly at 7:00 PM Live Music! $40 advanced buy in, $50 at the door Re-buys and add-ons offered 50/50 raffle 1st place...

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Southern Fried Murder
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Ormazd Grotto and Mimi’s Community Theater Present! “Southern Fried Murder” 1st Annual Murder Mystery Dinner October 7, 2017 $37.50 per guest (tax included) Each...

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting
07:30 pm - 10/06/2017

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Our next scheduled meeting is Friday evening, October 6th, 2017. We will be meeting at the Grotto located at, 1700 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804. We will...

Texas Holdem Poker Tournament

Texas Holdem Poker Tournament
06:00 pm - 09/08/2017

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Registration / Food starting at 6:00 PM Cards fly at 7:00 PM Live Music! $40 advanced buy in, $50 at the door Re-buys and add-ons offered 50/50 raffle 1st place...

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting
07:30 pm - 09/01/2017

At The Grotto Ormazd

Our next scheduled meeting is Friday evening, September 1st, 2017. We will be meeting at the Grotto located at, 1700 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804. We will...

Texas Holdem Poker Tournament

Texas Holdem Poker Tournament
06:00 pm - 08/11/2017

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Registration / Food starting at 6:00 PM Cards fly at 7:00 PM Live Music! $40 advanced buy in, $50 at the door Re-buys and add-ons offered 50/50 raffle 1st place...

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting
07:30 pm - 08/04/2017

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Our next scheduled meeting is Friday evening, August 4th, 2017. We will be meeting at the Grotto located at, 1700 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804. We will gather...

Texas Holdem Poker Tournament

Texas Holdem Poker Tournament
06:00 pm - 07/14/2017

At The Grotto Ormazd

Registration / Food starting at 6:00 PM Cards fly at 7:00 PM Live Music! $40 advanced buy in, $50 at the door Re-buys and add-ons offered 50/50 raffle 1st place...

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting
06:00 pm - 07/07/2017

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Our next scheduled meeting is Friday evening, July 7th, 2017. We will gather at 6:00 PM at Ollie's Public House on Edgewater Drive for libations & Dinner. Then we...

Texas Holdem Poker Tournament

Texas Holdem Poker Tournament
06:00 pm - 06/09/2017

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Registration / Food starting at 6:00 PM Cards fly at 7:00 PM Live Music! $40 advanced buy in, $50 at the door Re-buys and add-ons offered 50/50 raffle 1st place...

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting
07:30 pm - 06/02/2017

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Our next scheduled meeting is Friday evening, June 2nd, 2017. We will be meeting at the Grotto located at, 1700 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804. We will gather...

Texas Holdem Poker Tournament

Texas Holdem Poker Tournament
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Registration / Food starting at 6:00 PM Cards fly at 7:00 PM Live Music! $40 advanced buy in, $50 at the door Re-buys and add-ons offered 50/50 raffle 1st place...

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting

Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting
07:30 pm - 05/05/2017

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Our next scheduled meeting is Friday evening, May 5th, 2017. We will be meeting at the Grotto located at, 1700 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804. We will gather...

College Park Food Truck Tuesday

College Park Food Truck Tuesday
06:00 pm - 04/18/2017

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Join us at the Grotto at 1700 Edgewater Drive in beautiful downtown College Park every Tuesday from 6 - 9 pm for the College Park Food Truck Social. There will be...

Texas Holdem Poker Tournament

Texas Holdem Poker Tournament
06:00 pm - 04/14/2017

At The Grotto Ormazd

Registration / Food starting at 6:00 PM Cards fly at 7:00 PM Live Music! $40 advanced buy in, $50 at the door Re-buys and add-ons offered 50/50 raffle 1st place...

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Ormazd Grotto Stated Meeting
07:30 pm - 04/07/2017

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