It’s a perfect time because the colorful spring season is here and with it comes the scintillating comfort of those cool mornings and warm afternoons.
It’s a perfect place because The Village Green, and its popular Bald Headed Bistro restaurant, are close to the heart of Cleveland and Bradley County residents who believe in the homespun value of local history and a never forgotten heritage.
It’s a perfect price because a $6 ticket will buy pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, milk and coffee; and children 5 and under even get to eat free.
It’s a perfect example of civic pride because organizations like Mayfield Dairy, Cooke’s Food Store, the Village Green, The Bald Headed Bistro and the Cleveland Kiwanis Club are pitching in to bring a popular annual event to life once again while doing it for the ultimate in heartwarming causes.
It’s the perfect cause thanks to area Kiwanians because proceeds will support the favored charities of the local Kiwanis Club; namely, we speak of area 4-H clubs, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Head Start, Key Clubs at Cleveland and Walker Valley High schools, Builder’s Club at Cleveland Middle School and the all-important Kiwanis Foundation scholarships. Let no one forget the Kiwanis motto, “Serving Children of the World.”
The Kiwanis Club also assists UNICEF’s Eliminate Project which provides vaccines for the prevention of maternal and neonatal tetanus throughout the world.
For anyone who hasn’t guessed to which coming attraction we refer, it is the annual Cleveland Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast. To be held April 14 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the popular Bistro at The Village Green, it assuredly will be one of those “yum-yum” times of family togetherness when groups — large or small — couples, individuals and anyone is welcome to join the fun while enjoying a delicious breakfast.
We speak of the Pancake Breakfast’s perfect timing because the spring season — especially those wonderfully busy Saturdays — often trumpet the arrival of outdoor projects at home, and community and civic functions for the good of all. Such endeavors are best when preceded by a hardy breakfast of Southern comfort foods.
In hopes that our newspaper will be forgiven for this name-drop, here’s an example. We are aware of a local business — the Bank of Cleveland — which is dispatching many of its employee volunteers on this date to do some cleanup work for Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland. To jump-start their workers, the bank is treating its volunteers to the Kiwanis pancake breakfast. The employees then will proceed to their worksite.
In anyone’s book of civic accountability, that’s a “Wow!”
Certainly, other area companies are making similar provisions for their own employee volunteers whether it is this weekend or on another date during this gorgeous season of transition. We will have more to say about upcoming volunteer-based community projects in future editions because one familiar group — Keep America Beautiful — is approaching a busy, busy season of its own.
We encourage area residents to join your friends at the Bistro for some palate-pleasing pancakes and to use this as your own personal steppingstone into another joyous Southeast Tennessee weekend.
Speaking of pancakes, it has come to our attention that on the same Saturday morning area residents will have a choice of breakfast causes. In a coming edition, we will talk about how local appetites can also support Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in memory of Dustin Ledford. The MADD pancake event is scheduled for 7 to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s, also on April 14.