Summer Children’s Activities

SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR

THE GRAND BAY MINI MELONS CHILDREN’S GROUP

Facebook – Grand Bay Mini Melons

June 6: Community Paint Night 5:30-7:30. $7/1 & $12/2 (NO FOOD PASS). $9/1 & $15/2 (W/FOOD).

June 9: Parents Night Out 6pm- 10pm $8/1 child or $12/2 children, includes dinner & drink.

June 13: Pirate Day & Book Mobile 10am-12pm. Dress up as pirate/scallywag & design a treasure box,  scavenger hunt to follow. Lunch will be served $1 donation.

June 20: Critter Day w/Mr. Rick & Book Mobile. Create a critter for show & tell.  Lunch will be served. $1 donation

June 27: Watermelon Carving Contest & Book Mobile. $3/entry. Bring already carved. We will be serving lunch. $1 donation.

July 6: Ft. Gaines & Dauphin Island Estuarium Tours/Picnic Reg. starts at 8am, return 2 pm. $10/person 4 & over.

July 7: Parents Night Out 6pm- 10pm $8/1 child or $12/2 children, includes dinner & drink.

July 10: Bear’s 114th Birthday Bash 10am- 12pm. Pre-registration will be available & is

   strongly suggested to make sure we do NOT run out of supplies.

July 13: Environmental Studies Center & Medal of Honor Park. Registration 8:30. Leave 9 am. Load bus for return 1:30. $3/person over 2. Under 2 FREE.

July 21: WALES WEST RAILROAD SUMMER BASH (we booked in APRIL so it is happening this year!!) Registration 8am. Leave 8:30. Load bus for return 2pm. PLEASE    PRE-REGISTER. Price TBD

***Pre-registration for ALL events will open on 1 June 2017. You can pay for shirts & thermal cinch bags through this link as well; simply message grandbaychildrenssummerprogram@gmail.com with your product/event info & paypal address and we will send you an invoice or with the PayPal card reader the day of events.

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Grand Bay Watermelon Festival

Check out information on the July 4th Grand Bay Watermelon Festival

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EVENTS AROUND TOWN

JUNE EVENTS AT THE GRAND BAY COMMUNITY CENTER

SUMMER BOOKMOBILE Schedule starts May 30th. The Mobile Public Library’s Bookmobile will visit every Tuesday through July 25th, except the 4th. May 30th will focus on events and opportunities for seniors to explore programs at the Mobile Public Libraries.

June 9th is our special RED HAT LUNCH, call to reserve your seat by May 19th. Call Diana at 865-4010.

June 15th 9:30-1:30. HEALTH FAIR open to the public, activities and topics for all ages. Eye Screenings, Door Prizes, Give-A-Ways, and much more. Valuable information and services available.

June 22nd 11am. Jonathon Greary of the MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT will discuss topics on Senior Safety. Topics include the Yellow Dot program, Fraud Prevention, and more.

June 26th 1:00pm. FOOD HANDLER’S COURSE offered by the Mobile County Health Department. Participants must be on time and bring $15 cash. Please try to bring exact change, no checks please.

The SENIOR NUTRITION & ACTIVITY PROGRAM offers lunch to those age 60 and up for a modest donation. Meals are served daily at 11:30 participants must be signed up by 10:30 to reserve their meal all others are served based on availability of a meal. Guest and visitors may purchase a meal for $3 if extra meals area available. New participants must fill out registration forms. Please ask for Diana when visiting the center. Activities and events are scheduled daily from 9am-1pm Monday-Friday. Bingo at 1pm Mon, Tues, & Thurs, please bring a prize to donate.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED AT SENIOR CENTER: Arts & Crafts instructors, Exercise Leaders, Game Hosts, and Topics of Interest or Demonstrators needed. Share your knowledge and skills, while building or renewing friendships. Will pay for Kitchen help food handler’s card. See or Call Diana at 865-4010 to find out other ways to volunteer.

AA MEETINGS – Need help? Come visit and share Monday nights 7 pm at the Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay, AL 36541.

G.E.D CLASSES Tuesday & Thursday 1-3pm at the Grand Bay Community Center. Call 251-300-6170

RENT THE GRAND BAY COMMUNITY CENTER FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT – Ask about SUNDAY RENTAL SPECIALS. We have good rates and we are a local venue. No fighting traffic after your event. We have lots of extras to offer including, event tent, specialty lighting packages, a bridal room and prior evening decorating. Call Kelli at (251) 644-2080 for information. Event rentals help pay for Community Projects.

 

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The Grand Bay Library Project

 

GRAND BAY LIBRARY RENOVATIONS UPDATE – April 2017

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Friends of the Grand Bay Library are proud to announce that work on the exterior bricks on the Grand Bay Library is completed. IMG_2974The brickwork is being re-pointed, cleaned and sealed by Wayne Champagne of Champagne Masonry and his staff of masonry professionals who specialize in historical restoration of brickwork. This pIMG_2977hase of the Grand Bay Library renovation is funded with the $50,000 matching grant from the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, and is under the direction of our Grand Bay Library friend, Lee McClinton. The next phase of work to the building will be the renovation of the exterior windows and doors.            IMG_2976

Many of the products used for the brickwork renovation were donated by local and regional businesses and corporations: Ready Mix USA, Birmingham; Boral Brick, Hattisburg; Acme Brick, Mobile; Hohmann and Barnard, Trussville; Riley Stuart Supply, Mobile; A&S, Inc, Irvington and Evonik (Degussa), Theodore.

Located on the corner of Freeland Ave and Pottertract Road, the Grand Bay Library was originally the Grand Bay State Bank building built in 1913.  At that time Grand Bay was a growing town, complete with a dentists, a doctor, a hotel, boarding houses and a packing plant for the abundant produce grown in the area. All commercial activity centered near the train station and the L&N railroad in the center of town, which is now the Grand Bay Historic District.

The Grand Bay State Bank and the Albert Freeland Store were two of the main buildings in the Historic District of Grand Bay. Now both buildings are the focal point of a renovation project sponsored by Citizens For A Better Grand Bay that will eventually include the Grand Bay Library and Museum, a gift shop and cultural center, and a town park.

From 1925 to 1975 the downstairs of the Grand Bay State Bank was used as the US Post Office and the second floor was used as the Masonic Hall. In the 1990s the building was occupied by the El Cazador Museum, housing Spanish Gold and salvaged artifacts from the treasure ship found in the Gulf Of Mexico.

The Grand Bay Library & Museum, in addition to being a public library and technology center, will highlight Grand Bay’s agricultural heritage with displays and historic artifacts both inside the building and on the surrounding grounds.

Friends of the Grand Bay Library will be meeting in March to begin planning for the 2017 Library Gala to be held this fall.  It will be a grand evening of entertainment, dining and dancing.  Call Aleta at 251‐656‐4576 for more information.

The Grand Bay Library needs your support and we need your help to plan fundraising events. For more information and photos go to the Facebook page at The Grand Bay Library or grandbaylibrary.com

Funding for the Grand Bay Library renovations comes from Grants, Fundraisers and donations. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be sent many ways:  Just Give https://npo.justgive.org/CBGB, Payal at citizens36541@gmail.com, or send a check to CBGB‐Grand Bay Library, P O Box 274, Grand Bay, AL 36541. Your donations are tax deductible and will directly benefit the community.

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Where did Grand Bay gets its name?

That question has been asked often. The actual Bay is five miles south of the present site of Grand Bay.

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Seamen used to tell stories about ships that sailed to Grand Bay for shelter from the hurricanes and storms – and even pirates. No one really knows for sure. After the post office was opened in 1870, and the railroad was put through, the “town” was moved from the bay to its present site.

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An article in the Mobile Press Register on January 5, 1985, quoting former state legislator and Grand Bay resident Taylor Harper, said that a settler named Cassibry was the first to discover the pine and magnolia wilderness of southwest Mobile County in 1857. He surely was rewarded for his pioneering vision.

224581_410395492349217_1166186310_n It is told that George Cassibry lived to be 104, giving credit for his longevity to the mineral water in the springs near Franklin Creek.

A brief real estate “boom” after the turn of the twentieth century brought an influx of hopeful settlers from the Northern United States. Touted as the “Riviera of the South” by the Grand Bay Land Company, and advertised as having the perfect climate for fruit growers, the community now boasted a public school, a large nursery for fruit trees, and at least thirty businesses.

314161_410386989016734_1523393718_nIn 1905, the Grand Bay Hotel opened and continued to flourish for many years. All too soon, though, driven to the point of bankruptcy by severe winters that decimated the fruit trees, many disappointed settlers left the area.

Davis' orchard

Today only a few of the historic buildings of Grand Bay still stand. However, the farming community remains strongly in evidence and the crops of pecans, cotton, soybeans, and watermelons are famous. Today Grand Bay is known as a “bedroom community”, with many of its residents commuting to jobs in Jackson County, Mississippi and Baldwin County, Alabama as well as in the city of Mobile.

-Submitted by, Muriel Donald

 

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