Several ways to say thanks on Mother’s Day
From the Make-Mom-a-Pancake station at a local restaurant to a Mother’s Day Tea Dance, families will have a wide variety of ways to hang out with mom on May 12. While local restaurants and tea rooms are always busy on Mother’s Day, Tampa-area churches and cultural centers will also be abuzz with activity. Pelagia Trattoria, adjacent to the lobby level of the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., will host its annual Mother’s Day buffet on May 12. Jim Bartholomay, hotel general manager, said they introduced the Make-Mom-a-Pancake station a few years ago because they wanted youngsters to be able to do something really special for their moms.“It is a lot of fun for them to select the ingredients and create a one-of-a-kind pancake using all of their mother's favorites, from chocolate chips to fresh fruits,” he said. The restaurant offers an array of dishes throughout the day as well as the pancake station, which is available until 5 p.m. “Gathering family members together for a special celebration honoring mothers has become a tradition at Pelagia Trattoria,” Bartholomay said. “We have families who have been coming here for years to create great memories and experience a wonderful time together while relaxing, having fun and enjoying their favorite foods.” For reservations, call (813) 313-3235 or visit pelagiatrattoria.com. Terry Ryan, a founding partner of Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar, said the café will feature special brunch selections and a gift card for moms at their locations including Carrollwood and South Tampa. He said reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. “Late morning through dinner time, enjoy delicious brunch or dinner dishes plus receive a special Mother's Day gift from Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar,” he said. “Carmel Cafe is the perfect place to celebrate on May 12.” For information or reservations to South Tampa Carmel Cafe, call (813) 964-6889. Sharing music with mom For families who appreciate music, the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, will host a “Mother’s Day Treat with the Sounds of Swing” on May 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. The Sounds of Swing was formed in 2010 by Jim Burge, host of Jazz with Jim and a founding member of the Bay Area Saxophone Quartet. Ticket holders will receive a free dance lesson one hour before the event. Mothers may receive a complimentary admission to a Mother’s Day Tea Dance. Advance tickets cost $11 for members, $14 for nonmembers and $13 for seniors. The day-of-the show, the cost is $13, $16 and $15. For more information, call (813) 269-1310. Getting spiritual with mom Area churches, synagogues and other houses of worship will also be honoring mom during services on Mother’s Day. Grace Baptist Temple, 2909 John Moore Rd., Brandon, will host its annual Mother’s Day banquet, “Beautiful For Thee,” at 7 p.m. May 3. Becky Wiggins, the wife of Glenn Wiggins, associate pastor of Seagate Baptist Church in Naples, is the guest speaker. For more information on the banquet, call (813) 689-7190.