In the South, more than just food is made in the kitchen. Family and friends come together, relationships are strengthened, longstanding traditions are passed down and new traditions begin.

As the warm spring breezes give way to the dawning of summer, families gather to celebrate their mothers, grandmothers and happily, in some cases their great grandmothers. This special day is always the second Sunday in May. It dates back to 1908 when Anna Jarvis created the day by holding a memorial for her mother at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Later in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared Mothers Day an official US holiday. The Church in Grafton holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine.