There's always a full house of 70-80 people, as young, middle-aged and kind-of-old fill the dining hall where the tables are nicely covered in white. And the count is pretty accurate--Ms. Gertrude Webb greets each guest with a warm hug and a "Have you signed in yet?" making sure her book has the names of all attendees.
Chef Kimon Brown and CBGB President Aleta Boudreaux, along with a group of volunteer kitchen helpers, keep the individualized omelets coming without a waiting line, and if omelets aren't your thing, there are several long tables loaded with scrambled eggs, several breakfast meats, grits with a container of cheese nearby, biscuits, sausage gravy, pancakes, potatoes and peppers, mixed fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee. A donation of at least $5 is suggested, and these funds are applied to the renovation of the historic 100-year-old Grand Bay State Bank building into a public library and to other CBGB community projects.
The event is not just about a good meal at a reasonable cost, though. Most people come half an hour early to socialize with old and new friends, neighbors, citizens of other towns and public officials. Some mornings, there is music by groups such as the Pickers and Grinners.
And when the meal is over, Brown and Boudreaux announce upcoming CBGB events, needs and activities; they discuss the seniors' program, their Food Box project, Heritage Day, a Cook-Off, a Run, just whatever is on the horizon, including the always-present need for volunteers. If there are other civic, church or charitable groups present, they, too, are given an opportunity to speak. And all present are invited to stay for meetings of Citizens for a Better Grand Bay and Friends of the Grand Bay Library.
In all, this Community Breakfast is a wonderful opportunity for people to get together, to be a part of the greater community, to enjoy the warm, friendly ambiance of a town social.