One week to go and it’s Labor Day – the unofficial end to summer and the Backyard Party Season. Labor Day is an American celebration of the workforce. The very first Labor Day Parade took place on a Tuesday, September 5, 1882. It was the brain-child of Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter and labor union leader. Mr. McGuire felt the span between Independence Day and Thanksgiving was far too long, and the workers deserved a holiday all their own somewhere in between. His inspiration came from America’s northern neighbor, Canada. In 1887, Oregon became the first state to declare Labor Day as a public holiday. By 1894, Congress had unanimously voted to approve legislation to make Labor Day a National Holiday, moving the date to the first Monday in September.
Imagine my delight when I got an email from my sister. We had been going back and forth trying to work out a date to get together for dinner and cards. Her son plays soccer, and as you soccer moms know, that can be a very full schedule. As luck would have it, her son did not have a game scheduled for March 16th. Did we want to get together for some extended family time? Yes! Absolutely!
My idea of Fantasy Football is an awesome field of yummy foods on a banquet table decked out in team colors. While throwing a living-room tail-gate party every Sunday would be a bit much, putting together a couple of game-day parties while watching non-important games is fun. Think of it as “practice time” leading up to the big event – The Super Bowl Sunday.