Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer’s out of reach
—The Boys of Summer
Don Henley/Mike Campbell
Where have the last two months and nine Saturdays gone?
Labour Day has always been bittersweet. The fall is a beautiful time, but nothing beats summer. Absolutely nothing!
For everyone, it’s the ageless memory of going back to school. Almost everyone has been educated, at least for part of their lives, and still many of us think the calendar year is from September through June.
Like many other holidays or special days, many don’t recognize the intent of Labour Day. Yes, there are a handful of events, but in the Okanagan they often go unnoticed. We don’t have a huge Labour Day parade, for example, as other “union towns” do.
But, as suggested in a guest column by the CUPE BC president, the history of organized labour is fascinating, often heroic and maybe it should be taught in schools. (The issue is school is out when Labour Day occurs.)
We agree, it could be taught, but the many downsides of unions — and there are many (try firing an incompetent, lazy or insubordinate employee) — should also be included in the curriculum.
For those who are melancholy, there’s still plenty to look forward to over the next several days.
There’s the first-ever Carnaval Del Sol, a two-day fiesta bringing the soul of Latin culture and music to City Park.
The circus is in town at Orchard Park Shopping Centre.
The Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede is still in full swing and well worth the drive to Armstrong.
If you like country music, Denim on the Diamond is an absolute riot. It happens all day Saturday at Kings Stadium.
The Kelowna Farmers and Crafters Market celebrates a garlic festival (don’t kiss anybody!) on St. Paul Street.
And, if you want something that’s Labour Day-themed, there’s the annual picnic in Rutland, Monday from noon until 3 p.m. at the Hollywood Road education centre.
For those venturing out of the backyard this weekend, please play it safe. Don’t drink and drive or do dumb things like street race.
We want to see each and every one of you on Tuesday.