Start your spring off right with a May Breakfast

Hailie (cq) Padula helps serve meals at Park Place Congregational Church in 2015. [The Providence Journa, filel/Kathy Borchers]

It won’t be long now. Flowering shrubs are bursting out, the spring winds are warming and churches and organizations will begin holding their annual May Breakfasts.

The custom of holding a May Breakfast started in 1867, when Cranston’s Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church held the first one. The custom stems from May Day celebrations.

Today, the earliest May Breakfasts are held in April.

Johnnycakes make a starring role but there are many other items served at sit-down meals or buffet-style events. You’ll also find gift baskets with foods and plants offered for sale.

Saturday, April 29

Norwood Baptist Church, 48 Budlong Ave., Warwick, will serve breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Menu includes eggs cooked to order, bacon or ham, home fries, baked beans, cereal, muffins, rolls, pies, juice, coffee, tea and milk. Fudge baskets, gift and plants for Mother’s Day will be available. $9, $5 for children ages 5-12, free for children 4 and under. Tickets will be sold at the door. For parties of five or more, call (401) 941-7040 to make a reservation.

The table is set for May Breakfasts. On May 6, Riverpoint Congregational Church in West Warwick will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 7 to 10 a.m. [The Providence Journal files/Sandor Bodo]
The table is set for May Breakfasts. On May 6, Riverpoint Congregational Church in West Warwick will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 7 to 10 a.m. [The Providence Journal files/Sandor Bodo]
Park Place Church, 71 Park Place, Pawtucket, will serve breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Menu includes ham, eggs, sausage, French toast, quiche, beans, home fries, hot & cold cereal, fruit salad, homemade muffins, coffee, tea, milk and juice. $8, $5 for children 5 to 12. There will also be a fudge table, a baked goods table and handmade May baskets.

Woodridge Congregational United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 20 Jackson Rd., Cranston, will serve breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet with eggs, frittatas, jonnycakes, waffles, ham, sausage, corned beef hash, home fries, homemade baked beans, strudel, muffins, pastries, juice, milk, coffee and tea. $9, $5 for children 3 to 10. Tickets available at the door or in advance. Call (401) 942-0662 or email woodridgechurch@verizon.net.

Monday, May 1

Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church, 229 Wilbur Ave., Cranston, will serve breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m. Menu includes clam cakes, scrambled eggs, ham, cornbread, homemade apple pie, juice and coffee. $7, $4 for children 12 and under. Plants, collectibles, attic treasures, baked goods, handmade May baskets and homemade fudge will also be for sale. Tickets will be sold at the door. Call (401) 944-0864 with questions.

Saturday, May 6

The First Baptist Church of North Kingstown, 1135 Tower Hill Rd., North Kingstown, will serve breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Menu includes jonnycakes, home fries, ham, eggs, muffins, juice, coffee or tea. $8, $4 for children ages 5-12 and free for those under 5. Homemade May baskets and candy will also be available for purchase.

First Baptist Church, 30 Peirce St., East Greenwich, will serve breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Menu includes scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, home fries, baked beans, jonnycakes, homemade muffins, pies and coffee. $8, $4 for children, free for those 4 and under. Homemade May baskets filled with fudge or flowers will be for sale. Call the church at (401) 884-2322 to purchase tickets.

All Saints’ Memorial Church, 674 Westminster St., Providence, will serve breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Menu includes eggs, ham, sausage, bacon, home fries, cassara, toast, corn bread, short bread, French toast, pancakes, fruit cup and hot and cold beverages. $10, $5 children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets available at the door or in advance by calling the church office at (401) 751-1747.

Newman Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 100 Newman Ave., East Providence, will serve breakfast in the church hall from 7 to 11 a.m. Menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, baked beans, oatmeal, homemade muffins, juice, coffee and tea. $8, $3 for children under 12. Parties of 10 or more can make a reservation by calling (401) 434-4742, ext. 10.

Riverpoint Congregational Church, 75 Providence St., West Warwick, will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 7 to 10 a.m. Menu includes johnnycakes, eggs, sausage, home fries, beans, pancakes, pies, muffins, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and tea. Gluten free options available. $9, $4.50 for children ages 4 to 12, 3 and under eat free. May Baskets with homemade fudge and candy will be available. Call (401) 821-1195 for tickets.

St. Anthony Holy Name Society will serve breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m.in the St. Anthony Parish Center, 1413 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence. Menu include scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, home fries, baked beans, pastries, orange juice, coffee and tea. $8 or 2 for $15. Children 7 and under will eat for free. Tickets available at the door or in advance by calling Alfred De Cubellis Jr. (401) 692-0002 or John Baxter at (401) 258-6602.

St. James Episcopal Church, 24 Hamlet St., Woonsocket, will serve breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the church hall. $8, $4 for children 12 and under. Plants, crafts, jewelry, baked goods and candy will be available to purchase.

Greenwood Community Church, 805 Main Ave., Warwick, will serve breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The menu includes scrambled eggs, ham, pancakes, baked beans, cold cereal, homemade coffeecakes, muffins and breads, apple pie, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Also available for purchase are table centerpieces, children’s baskets and May baskets filled with homemade fudge, cookies and plants. $8, $3 for children 5 to 12 and free for children under 5.

Sunday, May 7

Rehoboth Station 2 Firefighters Association, 333 Tremont St., Rehoboth, will serve breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. $10. Call (508) 226-2914 or (508) 252-3132.

St. Alexander Church, 221 Main St., Warren, will serve breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon. Menu includes eggs, sausage, ham, homemade home fries, waffle station, breads, muffins, fruit, juice and coffee. $10, $7 for children 12 and under. Tickets available at the door.

Saturday, May 13

Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad St., Cranston, will serve breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. All-you-can-eat menu includes eggs, sausage, pancakes, jonnycakes, baked beans, potato casserole, home fries, muffins, fresh fruit salad, pies and beverages. $8, $4.50 for children and free for those under 3. Plants, spring flowers, gifts, candy, baked goods, books and collectibles will be for sale. Tickets available at the door or by reservation at (401) 461-1344.

List compiled by Janet Butler