Monday, September 3, 2012
Everything you may have missed the last week of August in these 500 square miles, plus what is surely the world's largest back-to-school photo gallery.
Thank goodness it's a holiday after that grueling first week of school. Can't remember back to last week? Take a look at the world's cutest kids in our giant back-to-school photo gallery, and a few terrified ones as well. Can you spot the picture of the Patch editor from the first day of school, 1983? One of the hottest events in county for today's celebration is the Labor Day Parade in Kensington. It has grown from a few Brownie troops and the slow-stepping town chess club to a full-blown county event in the last couple of decades, but it's still small enough that you can usually get a curbside seat -- that is, actually sitting on the curb. It's Americana-on-a-stick complete with baton twirlers and moon bounces. This year it coincides …
Friday, August 31, 2012
From parking to new events and everything in between, Patch explains what you can expect from the state fair this Labor Day weekend.
Maryland State Fairgrounds president and general manager Howard “Max” Mosner remembers the irate — although he calls them “funny” — phone calls he received during the 2011 state fair. “How dare you run that fair and use up our electricity,” he said, reciting the common theme of calls relating the massive outages caused by Hurricane Irene. Of course, the state fair’s power use did not impact the surrounding the community. The hurricane, followed by Tropical Storm Lee, however caused the lowest attendance at the Maryland State Fair in Mosner’s 50-year legacy, which was decidedly not comical. “You can never make up what we lost that first weekend,” Mosner said. But you can learn a lesson or two. Scroll to the bottom of the page to read …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Staying in town for the holiday? Not to worry—there's plenty nearby to do.
Labor Day Weekend marks the "unofficial" end of summer and the last holiday weekend of the season. But with the start of school—and soaring gas prices—it may be tough to get away. Fear not, there are plenty of options nearby. We've rounded up some of the area's best picks for Labor Day weekend: Happy Labor Day weekend!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Planning a Labor Day getaway? You're not the only one—33 million Americans are heading out for the long holiday weekend.
If you’re planning to shop sales at the mall or get tickets to the University of Maryland’s first home football game this Labor Day weekend, you may be one of the few sticking around the region. According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, 33 million Americans will choose to vacation 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day—a 2.8 percent increase from those who traveled last year. The number of holiday travelers this Labor Day signals a new post-recession high, and is following a trend in increased holiday travel. AAA reported that Memorial Day and Independence Day travel also increased this year. “Despite a sluggish economy and recent rises in gas prices, the increase in expected Labor Day holiday weekend travelers is driven by improving consumer …
Monday, September 5, 2011
Floats, families and festivities lined the streets of Kensington for Labor Day.
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- Damian Garde
Monday, September 5, 2011
The rain held out just long enough Monday morning, as hundreds of people lined the streets of Kensington for the 44th Annual Labor Day Parade and Festival. Politicans, Cub Scouts and firefighters alike paraded through town, and families flocked to vendors and play-pens in Antiques Row. A light drizzle started not five minutes after the last float crossed Kensington Parkway, sparing the parade-goers a soggy Labor Day.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Many residents want to stay close to home for this last weekend of the summer, and they have many local events to choose from.
Although some people see Labor Day as an opportunity for picnics, parades or perhaps one more quick trip to the beach, if you're anything like Takoma Park resident Anne Nelligan, you may plan on taking it easy this three-day weekend. "I have no special Labor Day plans," she said. "My husband and I are both teachers. We have children in school, and school now starts before Labor Day. So Labor Day is for the transition from vacation to school and work." Montgomery County schools began the new academic year Monday, just one week before Labor Day itself, and many parents just want to ease back into the swing of things. "We're taking Labor Day to just relax and take it easy," said Neil Chalofsky, a George Washington University professor. "I don…