Community Spirit – Grand Opening for Bay Community Hall
Echo staff photos by Ellis C. Cuevas
Ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremonies were held Friday evening for the Bay St. Louis Community Hall. Doing the honors were Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame, council members, Rotarians from far and near, along with Bay St. Louis Rotary members and several hundred citizens. Located in the historic Depot district of Bay St. Louis, the Community Hall was designed by Belinda Stewart Architects and built by K Thompson Builders. Featuring a 6,630 square foot grand hall, a 1,700 square foot gallery hall, exterior porch spaces and several meeting rooms, the multi-purpose facility is designed for meetings, conferences, receptions, parties, celebrations, live performances and much more. The grand hall will accommodate 650 in a theatre style layout, and 420 around tables in a banquet setting. An oversized, commercial kitchen makes the Hall perfect for dinners, banquets and other events that call for food preparation facilities. A backup generator ensures that events will not be troubled by temporary loss of electrical power.
Funding for the Community Hall is made possible by an MDA Community Development Block Grant, as well as contributions from Rotary Clubs around the world, Rotary International Foundation, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Gulf Coast Rebuilding Fund, Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, and the Community of Freeport, Long Island New York.