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Happy Labor Day


Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

According to one early history of Labor Day, the event originated in connection with a General Assembly of the Knights of Labor convened in New York City in September 1882. In connection with this clandestine Knights assembly, a public parade of various labor organizations was held on September 5 under the auspices of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York. Secretary of the CLU Matthew Maguire is credited for first proposing that a national Labor Day holiday subsequently be held on the first Monday of each September in the aftermath of this successful public demonstration.

An alternative thesis is maintained that the idea of Labor Day was the brainchild of Peter J. McGuire, a vice president of the American Federation of Labor, who put forward the initial proposal in the spring of 1882. According to McGuire, on May 8, 1882, he made a proposition to the fledgling Central Labor Union in New York City that a day be set aside for a “general holiday for the laboring classes”. According to McGuire he further recommended that the event should begin with a street parade as a public demonstration of organized labor’s solidarity and strength, with the march followed by a picnic, to which participating local unions could sell tickets as a fundraiser. According to McGuire he suggested the first Monday in September as an ideal date for such a public celebration, owing to optimum weather and the date’s place on the calendar, sitting midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving public holidays



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End of Summer Luau at Bartlett House, Sep 1


The Bartlett House in Ghent is hosting an End of Summer Luau on Sunday.

Enjoy a Hawaiian feast to celebrate the end of another amazing summer. Bartlett House is partnering with Northwind Farms for a vibrant pork roast, and Chef Nicole Craft is creating a family-style buffet incorporating a traditional pu pu platter and dishes from land and sea. Highlights include Manapua, tuna poke, and pinapple upside down cake. Cheers with us with Tiki-style Fizzy Lifters and retro island sounds.

Menu is served family-style and includes: pu pu platter, passed appetizers, buffet, and dessert.

Sunday, September 1, 2019 / 5:30 pm – 9 pm

Bartlett House
2258 NY-66
Ghent, NY 12075

*tax and gratuity is not included.





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Spencertown Academy Festival of Books, Labor Day Weekend 2019


The annual Festival of Books at Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a celebration of books and reading for the whole community. For three days in early September we welcome outstanding writers and poets and nearly 2,000 readers and book-lovers to our 1847 schoolhouse in rural Columbia County. This year’s festival will feature a visit from Froggy on Saturday morning for the kids.

The festival opens Friday with Members’ Only Preview Day, giving members and their guests early access to the book rooms. Admission is free for members, $10 for each member guest. Membership has its privileges! Join now to ensure early access, or purchase a membership at the door on Friday. Members also receive one or more free book(s), and may celebrate their purchases at an evening wine and cheese reception.

All other programming on Saturday, Sunday and Monday — book sales, children’s program and author presentations – is free to all.

Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2, 2019


Spencertown Academy Arts Center
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY 12165

Phone: (518) 392-3693


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It’s Time for the 179th Columbia County Fair! Aug 28 – Sep 2, 2019

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The Columbia County Fair is six days of fun in Chatham, New York with all your fair favorites as well as new entertainment that will fill the stages, exhibit buildings, barns, midway and grandstand.

Motorheads will get their dose of metal-smashing mayhem with two nights of Demolition Derby. On Wednesday night, catch 4 cylinders, mini vans, mini pick-ups and mini SUVs heats plus 6 and 8 cylinders and full-size pick-ups and vans on Thursday night.

Friday night the New York Truck Pulling circuit rolls into our Grandstand for one exciting night of diesel, 4WD modified and enhanced gas competitors, produced by Shootout Productions.

The excitement of bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding thrills fairgoers on Labor Day with professional cowboys throughout the country competing for cash prizes and a chance at the year-end trophy buckle at the Painted Pony Rodeo. Team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling and ladies barrel racing contest fill out the event.

On Saturday, the raging Monster Tractors will once again pull their heavy loads past the grandstand crowd, testing fairgoers eardrums while earning points towards the circuit championship. Our annual Firefighters Parade steps off at 11 am with Columbia County Fire and EMS companies marching along with the Ghent Band.

Get ready to rock with Latham-native and NBC’s The Voice powerhouse singer Moriah Formica Sunday on the Grandstand stage at 3 pm. Fresh off of American Idol 2019, you will not want to miss this up-and-coming rockstar. The day ramps up when country-rock sensation Frankie Ballard takes the stage to sing his hits “Helluva Life”, “Sunshine & Whiskey”, “Young & Crazy” and many more at 7 pm.

Back again for 2019 are all of our favorite competitions of livestock, talent, beverage making, domestic arts & crafts, antique tractors, quilts, produce, sunflowers, scarecrows, school work, photography, school girl queen, flowers, scouting, wool, watermelon & ice cream eating, 4-H and Grange.

And the beat goes on throughout the Fair with musical performances in the Upper Entertainment Garden, NorthGate Stage and Pavillion. Plus thrilling midway rides, games of chance, fabulous food concessions and product and services vendors galore.

Wednesday, August 28 through Labor Day, September 2, 2019
Wednesday NOON to 11pm
Thursday – Monday 10am – 11pm

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Columbia County Fair Grounds
182 Hudson Avenue
Chatham, NY 12037


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The 2nd Kinderhook Food Truck Village is This Week, Aug 22


Kinderhook’s popular annual summer food festival returns on Thursday. The Food Truck Village takes place every June and August in the village of Kinderhook, and this Thursday is the second and final event of the summer. Enjoy a variety of cuisines in one spot, with live music. Screen Shot 2019-06-23 at 11.48.35 AM

Thursday, August 22, 2019 / 5pm – 9pm

Kinderhook Village Square
Intersection of Route 9 & Hudson Street,
Kinderhook, NY

This event will happen rain or shine.



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