Cheaha restaurant hosts Dr. Seuss-themed event
December 23, 2017
By Bill Wilson
The Anniston Star

Swirling fog enveloped the restaurant at Mount Cheaha Friday morning as over 40 people enjoyed a Mt. Crumpit Christmas breakfast. The wafting scents of green eggs and ham — a familiar food to Dr. Seuss fans — and syrup and blue pancakes circulated through the cavernous restaurant as Cheaha park operations supervisor Renee Raney read the children’s classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

After Raney finished a very animated interpretation of the tale, she led the group in a rendition of “Jingle Bells” as every child and adult shook their supplied golden bells. The hungry “Whos” then feasted on the storybook cuisine. The scrambled eggs were a shade of green seldom seen — somewhere between algae and a lime.

Rece Rooker, 6, was with a church group from McCalla and enjoyed the green eggs.

“Kinda scary, but I liked it,” Rooker said. The “Cindy Lou Who Pancakes” were fluorescent blue and multicolored “Whoville” sprinkles were provided as a topping.

Aimee Argo was with the church group and said they were going for a hike after the breakfast.

“They did a fantastic job — we really enjoyed it,” Argo said.

A large painted board with two face-sized holes was set up for photos so that visitors could appear to be their favorite Grinch characters.

Wesley Canady and his son Greyson, 4, peered through the holes and made faces as Canady’s fiance, Lauren Malik, took photographs of the pair.

Malik said they all enjoyed themselves and that the younger Canady even ate the green eggs and ham.

“I liked it,” the boy said as he scrambled around a large stuffed Grinch which was sitting in a chair used in numerous photos. Malik said they are coming back to Cheaha in the spring to have their wedding on the balcony of the restaurant.

Ashley McRae from Talladega brought her two-year-old daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, to the breakfast.

“We wanted to come up here ’cause we like ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’,” McRae said. McRae spoon-fed her daughter clumps of green eggs.

“She didn’t know what to think about it at first — she seems to like it. She loves that pancake, too,” McRae said.

Jaiden Kinney, 10, from McCalla took a moment to gaze out one of the large picture windows in the restaurant and study the quickly moving clouds.

“I think it’s fun to be here ’cause it’s over the clouds,” Kinney said.

Kinney said the story of the Grinch is one of her favorites.

“I think that he was a mean person but when he learned to love Christmas I think he turned in a good person ’cause his heart was three time larger than it was supposed to be,” Kinney said.

When it was all over Raney was all smiles with the breakfast.

“This is the merriest Christmas event I’ve ever taken part of and I am just beside myself with joy that we had a such great turnout and so many happy children and adults,” Raney said.

“I’m passionate about environmental literacy and so anytime that I can utilize a book to create a program — especially in a state park and bring a large group together to learn something and have an experience like this — I’m going to do it,” Raney said.