2015 Close up LibraryFRIENDS OF THE GRAND BAY LIBRARY MEETINGTuesday September. 6th– 6:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. at the Grand Bay Community Center. Get involved in your library. Come help plan fundraisers and find out what’s new with the library building renovations. Call Aleta at 251-656-4576 for more information or just come to the meeting.


20151205_185006GRAND BAY COUNTRY CHRISTMAS MEETINGThursday September. 8th– 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Call Kelli at 251-644-2080 for location and if you are interested in helping plan Grand Bay’s Annual Country Christmas Events for the first weekend in December.


VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION with BrentThursday September 8th at 11:00am at the Grand Bay Community Center. Find out more about how vocational rehabilitation services can help individuals achieve their greatest potential through school, work, and other programs designed to meet the needs of individuals regardless of physical, mental, or income limitations. Programs are available for all ages and abilities.

FAMILY PAINT NIGHTTuesday, September 13th – 4:30pm – 7:30pm – $5 per canvas or 2/$8. Bring the family and have some colorful fun. Concessions will be available. Grand Bay Community Center.

GRAND BAY GARDEN CLUBTuesday September 20th – 6:30 PM at the Grand Bay Community Center. Call Jane for more information at 251-423-0700.

COMMUNITY KARAOKE – Friday September 23rd -6:30 pm – 9:30pm (Registration 6pm) Three different age groups for prizes.  6 to 12 years old $4 entry fee, 13-18 years old $5 entry fee, 19+ years old $6 entry fee.  Grand Prize for each age group. Contact Kelli at 251-644-2080 for more information.

FREE DIABETIC EDUCATION – August 25th– September 29th   10-11:30am at the Grand Bay Community Center. Six week course, with lots of valuable health information.

FALL PREVENTION with REBOUND REHAB – September 21st 11am, Balance Awareness and Fall Prevention Education.– Grand Bay Senior Activity Center – Hwy 90

BREAKFASTCOMMUNITY BREAKFAST –- Saturday. September 24th. Breakfast buffet and omelet bar. Grand Bay St Elmo Senior & Community Center on Hwy 90 – $5.00 Donation appreciated.

LINE DANCING with Skip Smith Mondays & Wednesdays 10-11am at the Grand Bay Community Center. Call Diana for more information 251-865-4010.

 SENIOR ACTIVITY PROGRAM – Monday-Friday 9am-1pm open to anyone age 60+. Hot lunch served daily at 11:30am. Daily activities, with lots of coffee and conversation.. Schedule: Monday at 11am DJ Wayne sings a variety of our favorite songs  — Bingo Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 12-1pm.  – Dominos Tuesday & Thursday 1-3  — Arts & Crafts Wednesday 12-1  –Friday Movie & Popcorn 12:00 Call Diana 251-865-4010 for more information. Grand Bay Senior & Community Center Volunteers Welcome.

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

Business card adRENT THE COMMUNITY CENTER FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT – Good rates and a local venue. No fighting traffic after your event. We have lots of extras to offer including, event tent, specialty lighting, bridal room and prior evening decorating. Call Kelli at (251) 644-2080 for information and get 10% discount on Sunday events. Event rentals help pay for Community Projects. Let’s keep our money in Grand Bay.

ARE YOU OVER 60 and NEED A JOB?  You may qualify for the Goodwill Easter Seal SCSEP program Job readiness and soft skills classes, computer labs and specialized workshops/training. Contact the Goodwill Easter Seals at 251-380-7177 for more information.



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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.

Grand Bay 4

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.


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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