What a great morning! It started a little earlier than usual for me, but that's the kind of stuff that builds character, right? I was here at the Garden bright and early to welcome everyone who made the 901 Day
kickoff a super event! I'd skipped breakfast so I could fully enjoy an egg & chorizo breakfast taco from the Tamale Trolley
, which I did... twice. From there it was off to Gibson's
to pick up six dozen or so awesome little pastries known as "donuts," which have somewhat of a cult following (judging by the line at 8:00 in the morning). As I returned, singer-songwriter Alex Inman
was setting up to provide some acoustic entertainment for our guests.
Now, I should tell you at this point that I had no idea what was going to happen this morning. The expected number of guests was quoted as being somewhere between 5 and 500. So it was a relief to my eyes when, at precisely 8:59, I saw a wave of families making their way toward the doors (that's Memphis for you, right? Wait until the very last moment and then mob the venue). Kerry Crawford of the I Love Memphis blog
was also excited to be in attendance and to see so many people coming out despite the threatening weather. We ended up serving about 80 mommies, daddies, babies, children, grandparents, and "young professionals" during our two-hour celebration of all things Memphis. Most were first-timers to MBG, and some were prodigal sons & daughters who got to experience My Big Backyard and the new Herb Garden for the first time.
My special thanks to the Tamale Trolley, Alex Inman, Fratelli's Cafe, and Gibson's Donuts, who all donated time, effort, talent, and refreshments to this event. I hope all the other venues have as great a crowd and as fun a time as we all had. I'm already looking forward to next year's 901 Day!