The shot heard ‘round the Eastern Shore on Saturday, March 15, will signal the beginning of a new tradition at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa.
A replica of an 1862 Tredegar Iron Works bronze cannon commissioned around four months ago by Dr. David Bronner, CEO of Retirement Systems of Alabama (corporate parent of hotel owner PCH Hotels & Resorts), will be fired at 4 p.m. It is part of a ceremony that will be repeated 365 days a year.
David Clark, general manager of the Point Clear hotel, said the procession preceding the initial firing will begin by the fireplace in the main lobby at 3:45. It will include a drummer from Fairhope High School, a flag bearer, a brief historical reenactment and remarks by Bronner. A Cannon Ball cocktail will be served afterward.