Sit-down dinners are served on Sunday nights. Just before 5:00 pm, the dining staff opens the doors to the dining room, allowing residents to enter. Residents are asked to fill in the four large tables in the center of the dining room first, before filling the surrounding smaller tables. While still standing at the tables, the traditional Martha Cook Grace is sung by all.
The Martha Cook Grace:
Oh Power of Love, all-knowing, tender, ever near
Our thanks for bounty now we render, gathered here,
Oh guard our friendship’s circle ever,
See that naught its firm bonds sever,
From year to year.
Similarly, those residents needing to leave after the main course may leave as dishes are being cleared. Please keep early departures to a minimum, especially for our special dinners. A Staff member will signal the end of the meal, per tradition.
An old MCB tradition for requesting tea and/or coffee after dinner is summarized by the following motto: Tip for tea . Place your teaspoon, aligned parallel to the edge of the table, at the upper edge of your place setting. If you would like tea, tip your teaspoon over so that the bowl of the spoon faces downward. If you would like coffee, rest your teaspoon on the table with the bowl of the spoon facing upward.