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
More than 30 companies seek to fill more than 2,000 positions in the Washington, D.C. metro region.
Are you a military veteran in search of a job? A major hiring event for vets, wounded warriors, transitioning service members and military spouses is planned for Saturday on the campus of Bethesda’s Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The event is organized by the 100,000 Jobs Mission – a coalition of 59 companies aiming to hire 100,000 U.S. military vets by 2020. More than 30 major employers seek to fill more than 2,000 positions in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region and thousands more across the country, according to a media announcement. Industries include defense, technology, customer service, health care, financial services and retail, among others, and open positions range from entry-level to senior management. Some …
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 getting 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 confidence compared to one year ago …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Art, Photo entries accepted today and Friday.
The 57th Greenbelt Labor Day Festival will kick off Friday with attractions that include amusement park rides, art and photo contests, a parade, crafts and much more. You can find a complete schedule for the four-day celebration on the event website, but here are a few things to know today:
Monday, September 6, 2010
Families celebrate community at Labor Day Parade
"Can Seymour Butts please come to the stand?" Dirk R'Kingsley, the emcee of this year's 56th annual Greenbelt Labor Day Parade, kicks off the event with a bit of childish humor in a dry, monotone voice. He knew his audience well – the streets had to be cleared of dozens of playing children before the parade could start. Parents finally rounded up their kids and returned them to the blankets and chairs lining Crescent Road, and the parade began. The Greenbelt Labor Day Parade isn't all childish fun though. It's a part of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, a four-day event put on by one of the nation's largest all-volunteer organizations, the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival Committee. It originally began in 1955 as a way to of raising funds to …