Red Hook - Rhinebeck Elks Lodge 2022
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On Friday, November 15th, 1867, 22-year-old Charles Vivian arrived in New York on an English trading vessel coming from Southampton England. Being thirsty one of Charles's first stops was a bar or a "free and easy" as they were called back in those days. Being a friendly sort, Charles soon befriended the piano player, Richard Steirly, who invited him to sing along and help entertain the guests. At the end of the evening Steirly took Charles around the corner to the boarding house where he was staying. There Charles was introduced to a collection of congenial fellows including William Bowrun that he had known in England. Other actors and entertainers soon gravitated toward Charles magnetic personality. With everything closed on Sunday because of New York City Blue Laws, a group of theatrical people began meeting for their own amusement under Vivian's leadership. A loose organization was formed to make sure the larder was well-stocked for these gatherings.