Coffee ClubBy WALTER SCOTT,
The Walter Scott Coffee Club is on the move. The new location is the Trace Grill, an ever-popular restaurant in Ridgeland. The address is 574 U.S. Highway 51. Trace Grill serves delicious home-cooked meals Monday through Saturday and is closed on Saturday night and Sunday. It is very much a family-style restaurant.
This active coffee club has been meeting every Saturday (unless Christmas or New Year’s fall on a Saturday) since 1934. Mr. Scott was mayor of Jackson during the hustle and bustle of the Great Depression in the late 1920s. Long before the computer age, with very few telephones and only a scattering of radios, Mr. Scott met with a couple of friends at the Belmont Cafe in downtown Jackson on the weekends to discuss the news and local happenings. Mr. Scott would then enter the mayor’s office on Monday morning well-informed and ready to give full attention to his duties as mayor and his assignments for the week.
A few years ago the coffee club was a bit formal. Men attended in business attire (coat and tie). This has changed. Today a period of relaxation has come and is the order of the day. Today, the club’s dress code is informal, however the formality of standing to address the president still remains.
The club has a mixed bag of open-forum conversation. On a typical Saturday, the discussion is divided into three levels – we begin at the local news level, then the state news is on deck and last on the agenda is the national news.
On occasion, the club will invite a guest speaker. The speaker is given about 35 minutes to inform the group, then the balance of time is devoted to questions and answers.
After having met at several locations in and around Jackson, we are very happy with our new “home.”
Walter Redden is a Northsider.