Evan Reseska

Evan Reseska is a Master Mason and second-generation beekeeper. He grew up in the fields working with bees and harvesting honey, and now owns and operates a brick and mortar store located in the Boston Public Market, The Boston Honey Company.

Evan is 25 years old and took his first steps to becoming a Mason last October. In February 2018, he was raised and quickly started involving himself in his lodge, Middlesex Lodge. We got the chance to meet Evan at his store and chat about his business, the strong community and friendships that he’s found within Freemasonry, and his feelings on the powerful impact of creating a legacy.

Honey from Boston Honey Company

Q. When did you first hear about Masonry and why did it appeal to you?

A. I learned about it just about a year ago through a friend who I share many hobbies with…we actually even ran together back in high school! Wow, that was a long time ago. He asked me “Do you know anything about the Masons?” I didn’t and wanted to learn more so I attended their Awards Night around this time last year and that’s how it all got started.

Q. When did you first hear about the Scottish Rite?

A. I learned about the Scottish Rite right after my Fellow Craft degree. My friend, Sam, had mentioned the Scottish Rite and I met a few members of the Scottish Rite afterwards which got me intrigued.

Boston Honey Company store

Q. Have you found so far that you’ve made strong connections through Masonry?

A. Absolutely. Yes. I’ve made a lot of great friends, definitely a strengthening of bonds, a lot of great work is being done, and there’s never a dull moment. I’m involved in multiple committees and hoping to hold officer position next year or so. It does require a bit of time and energy, but what you put into it is exactly what you get out of it. It’s a lot of fun, too. Next month we’re starting Fantasy Football Draft!

Q. Being a younger Mason, would you say that the friends you’ve made are around your age? Or older? Are they more mentors or have you found people kind of on the same playing field as you?

A. Both! I am the youngest member of my lodge, I do believe. However, there are members who are around my age, you know, under 30, and there are some who are older, and already have or are building families, or even retired. I’ve made friends with all of them.

Everyone can learn something from one another. We’re all, at the end of the day; brothers and they’re all very good friends.
Beekeeping is a family tradition

Q. Switching back more into the business side of things: how did you get started with beekeeping and the business in general?

A. I can actually show you how I got started.

At this point Evan points to a photo, hung up on the wall of his shop of a man and a young boy kneeling near a hive. It’s Evan and his father in 1996 back when his father got his first hive.

A. I was raised into the business, so to speak. It started as a hobby in our backyard and moved to a nearby farm later. We went full-time in 2000 and I went full-time by the time I was 14 or 15.

Boston Honey Company mission

Q. Did you always know growing up that it was what you wanted to do?

A. Yes and no. I was scared of bees for a while and tried different things, but always came back to beekeeping. There’s something very special about it. There are some cons, but too many perks to say no or to ever walk away. It gives me freedom to run a store and the operations and to be outside with the bees.

Q. Do you still work with your parents through the operation? It’s the three of you?

A. Yes, it’s the three of us plus our crew. I see my parents pretty much every day. With a family business it’s just like Masonry, what you put into it is exactly what you get out of it.

Q. What made your dad want to get started?

A. He’s a character. Before beekeeping he was a painter and he was painting our Rabbi’s house and saw that he had some hives. He was incredibly fascinated. My dad is one of those people that when he sees something, he knows he’s got to have it. He’s naturally curious about everything and anything. He prefers to learn things by himself. For example, when he came to Boston he wanted to learn how to make pasta so he volunteered his time at a pasta shop. He learns things hands-on. [Beekeeping] started as a hobby and then it grew.

Q. And what does he think about you being a Mason?

A. At first, he was a little skeptical. Then, my mom and he had a long discussion with me about it. They actually said, “It’s a great counterbalance to your time, it gives you that break.” I get very involved in my work and my friends are lucky if they hear from me twice a year. I’m always working…and whenever I take a break from it I get really stressed out. That’s why I don’t go on vacation. Although, I’ve been forced to take a couple days break every so often, I don’t like stepping away from the business for too long.

Q. Can you talk a little more about the social side of Masonry? A. Absolutely. I can pull out my phone right now and start pulling up different dates. They’re all lined up for the next few months. Some months there are board game Sundays with ice cream and families. Last week there was a brewery visit. We’ve done the Big Apple Circus and informal bonfires. We had the Framingham Parade with a barbecue afterward. Coming up, we have ChowderFest and our Holiday Party.

One of the big things is eating food and spending time together. Our Lodge is a very diverse Lodge, so there’s lots of awesome food. What I just said is not even touching upon all the stuff that’s going on…there’s always text messages going out with fun things to do.

Q. I feel like men in your age group are often missing that social aspect. They don’t have that place to go and meet people of all ages. That’s something that’s missing and it’s kind of a big issue, at least with millennials, in general. In terms of taking a step back, looking at a broader picture, would you agree? What do you have to say about that in general?

A. From my perspective, I can agree with that statement. I don’t see my friends very often; I always trap myself in the work bubble. People my age usually want to go to the bar, want to go party, I’m usually not one to do those things so finding Masonry… this is allowing me to meet other people not just in my age group, which I actually prefer. I always get to meet mentors and there’s a lot more to it instead of being trapped in my own age group. It is a big help to have something like that. And it’s really tough for men my age to have that without seeking out an organization or a group, somehow, to meet those people. There’s a lot more to Masonry that allows me to meet new people and I think that’s important.

Q. Being both a second-generation beekeeper and an active Mason, what does the idea of legacy mean to you?

A. One thing I had to come to terms with is that I’ll never fill my dad’s shoes. He is one of a kind. We have different kinds of curiosity, I’m more of a book reader and my dad is more hands-on. He has a natural inclination for all things hands-on. If we’re fixing a car he’ll get right in there, but I would prefer to read about it or watch a video or something. However, I do know bees and that is something that I do very well.

Evan is a beekeeper. A legacy-builder. A millennial. A Mason. He is one of the many fascinating and unique members of the brotherhood. If you know of anyone who would be a great fit for us to interview, please contact us!