Ithaca Blog

Friday, September 01, 2006

Free Labor Day Picnic at Stewart Park

For 22 years, Ithaca has been the site of a big, wonderful Labor Day picnic. The picnic is hosted by a coalition of labor groups to celebrate the contributions of working people to their communities and country. It is free, and open to the public.

Guests are invited to bring a dish to pass. The host groups provide free hot dogs, meat and veggie burgers, drinks, and ice cream.

The Ithaca Firefighters bring a fire truck for the edification and delight of youthful youngsters and unselfconscious adults (little fire helmets are also provided). There is an awards ceremony for local heroes of labor - as well as a Goat of Labor indictment of the year's worst villian.

There is great local music every year. This year's performers are Colleen Kattau, Tom Sieling, and John Simon. There will also be special guest performers from New York City, George Mann and Julius Margolis. George is 40-something, and Julius 90-something, and they write and perform songs that are catchy as well as inspiring and educational about social history, and modern life. George and Julius have a new CD, "Songs to Take Our Country Back!", with guest appearances from Colleen Kattau, Utah Phillips, Francesco Herrara, and Billy Bragg.

There is also a benefit raffle, with cash prizes, and items donated from local merchants.

The event is a great opportunity for fun and community. Stewart Park, Monday, 11 a.m - 3 p.m., rain or shine.

Stephen Burke
for Ithaca Blog

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