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The 'friendliest place in town'

Changes at Moose Lodge create a homey, family atmosphere

Changes at Moose Lodge create a homey, family atmosphere

February 11, 2003|by ASHLEY GORDON

With a new kitchen manager, new elected officers and renovations, the Funkstown Moose Lodge is getting a makeover.

Dave Brandenburg, administrator at the lodge, said the organization changed the lodge's decor to be more "homey" and family-friendly.

The activities board, posted on the wall, proudly boasts that visitors are in the "friendliest place in town."

The social quarters have a fully stocked oak bar that seats 50 on burgundy, vinyl-backed stools. A plaque mounted next to the bar offers this instruction: "Be courteous to others. NO PROFANITY."

Plans call for a wall to be knocked down to make an even bigger social quarters to accommodate the ever-growing number of members, said Brandenburg.

The Moose has two banquet rooms and big parking lots.

The club can seat 350 people in the banquet rooms and 150 in the social quarters, but with double the number of members from six months ago, it is trying to accommodate the 2,100 male and 800 to 1,000 female members.

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The Moose caters to the entire family. In the social quarters, there is a play area for kids, an "Animal House" claw game, a jukebox, a pool table and a shuffleboard table. For adults, there is a pull-tab game machine and an ATM machine.

Bev Burcker became the new kitchen manager Jan. 12. She said she and the chef, R.G. Arvin, have made a few menu changes.

For example, there is now a daily soup. New entrees have been added, such as pork chops, as well as new appetizers, like the "trip around the kitchen," which includes deviled eggs, olives, pickles, cheese and other standard refrigerator items.

The Moose's kitchen serves dinner to members only at 6 p.m., but Burcker said it will begin serving a new lunch menu of soups and sandwiches on Fridays.

Prices range from a $1.95 for a quarter-pound cheeseburger to $12 for a broiled seafood platter.

Burcker was kitchen manager for the Williamsport American Legion for five years, then was manager of the Sharpsburg American Legion until it closed three years ago.

"The staff is a nice group of people who work as a team," said Burcker. "The chef is really good at coming up with new ideas and the bartenders brighten the place."

Burcker said she didn't experience any problems taking over the kitchen, thanks to the lenient upper management.

Regina "Jean" Stoneberger, a bartender at the Moose, said, "I've been here four months, and I just love it. It's a great place to work and I can see it growing all the time."

The Moose lodge offers a number of activities, which usually begin at 6 p.m. DJs The Shadow and DJ Todd play on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, and karaoke led by Garisson is offered the first and third Fridays of every month.

On Saturdays, there are bands, raffles, banquets or dances. A Valentine's dance is planned for Saturday. Sundays are bingo nights.

Brandenburg said anyone can become a member by finding a sponsor and filling out an application. The cost for men is $20 to enroll and $40 per year. For women it costs $10 to enroll and $15 per year.

Men meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. and women meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

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