Summit Up 9-4-10: Fired up for Labor Day!
September 3, 2010
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that is so incredibly fired up for Labor Day Weekend! What the heck is this holiday all about, anyway?(sound of Googling)OK, sez here on Wikipedia that “The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date was chosen as Cleveland was concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair. All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday. Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties. Speeches or political demonstrations are more low-key than May 1 Labor Day celebrations in most countries, although events held by labor organizations often feature political themes and appearances by candidates for office, especially in election years. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer recess. Similarly, some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school, although school starting times now vary.”OK, so basically it’s about barbecues and beer, right? So fire up the grill, crack a cold one and enjoy. Just don’t drive — we’d hate to see you in next week’s police report!***Here’s a head’s up for all Summit Up readers to help local nonprofit good-guys at Swan Center Outreach, which is a Silverthorne outfit that helps animals in need. JoAnne Casey at Swan Center wrote to say they are currently one of 10 national finalists for two $25,000 grants to be awarded by Markham Vineyards. The grants will go to the top vote getters between now and September 7. “We are in 6th place and need lots of votes these final days. Can the Summit Daily help us get the word out?”Indeed we can. Here’s what you need to do: Go online at http://www.MarkhamMarkofDistinction.com and vote for Swan Center. Help them get the cash to help the critters!***Earlier this week we had this great photo of a kinda kool, kinda wacky dress that was designed by former Summit Countyite Julie Tierney, now a senior at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Anyway, her friend Andy Shearer, who sent us the original drawing, now sends us a photo of the actual dress imagined by Julie – which you will no doubt notice on this page and recognize as the kind of thing many Summit County women like to wear for a night on the town at, say, the Moose Jaw or The Gold Pan. Writes Andy:”The Jolly Ranchero gown is a dynamic mingling of Poofy Pops and strawberry-banana sour belts. This garment’s inspiration ranges from sugar skulls to Da de los Muertos, from McQueen to Dior, from skateboard decks to vintage candy ads. The layers of the gown circle the body like different versions of the same story, told over and over again. Ranchero feels at once faraway and familiar, just like the legends of the American West that inspired it.”We’ll take two! Congrats, Julie – we hope you get an ‘A!’***Have a great weekend, Summit County. Enjoy all that’s going on and, if you’re traveling, be safe and don’t drive like a jerk or a madman!We out.