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Love of Labor

“Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that the power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success.” – David O. McKay

Labor Day – is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. The holiday is also a Federal holiday.

As a Knoxvillian Labor Day only means one thing – Boomsday! This year however will be a little different, a little quieter, a little darker. As a matter of fact this is the first year in almost three decades that the Knoxville sky will not be illuminated by the thrilling fireworks display. You read that right, this will be the first year for most of us without the Boomsday celebration. So, where does that leave us? What will you do? How will you celebrate? Don’t you worry – we at The A-Team have searched high and low for events going on around town to fill that void for you!

September 1st –

Movies in the Park at Ijams – Fill your summer nights with the joy of cinema fun as you bring your lawn chairs and blankets and sit out on the lawn at Ijams Nature Center. We have seven movies nights planned for this year with our partners Knoxville Horror Film Fest. Movies begin at dark!

September 2nd –

Bluegrass Nights @ Halftime Cajun Smokehouse – Come on down to 2509 W Emory Road | Powell, TN for the kick off of Bluegrass Nights at Halftime Cajun Smokehouse! Not only will the Tim and Jodi Harbin Band be setting the mood with their wonderful music but you better believe there will be plenty of grub to grab, from creole to BBQ! The music starts at 7:00 p.m. so come on down early and get you a good spot to squat!

A Gathering of Ancient Sounds – Historic music from East Tennessee. It will get your toes tappin’ and your hands clappin’ with a full day of great music by some of your favorite groups along with great local food and beverage vendors with a beautiful historic setting on the grounds of the Ramsey House. Period demonstrators will bring their trade to share with guests. Bring a comfy lawn chair or blanket and sit in the shade of the big trees and enjoy the sounds of our East Tennessee musical history. This event kicks off at 1:00 p.m. and goes till 8:00 p.m. and admission is $15 at the gate but don’t leave the young ones behind because children 12 & under get in for free!

September 4th –

Mighty Musical Monday at the Tennessee Theater – Get down to the Tennessee Theater on Monday at 11:30 am for some eccentric sights and sounds! Enjoy Mighty Wurlitzer organ performances by Dr. Bill Snyder and Freddie Brabson and special guest, Dor L’ Dor.  Dor L’ Dor is a multi-generational klezmer band based in Knoxville. While deeply rooted in the klezmer tradition, Dor L’ Dor branches into other traditions as well. Brown bag lunches consisting of a sandwich, chips, and a dessert may be purchased in the lobby for $5.00 while supplies last. Soft drinks, bottled water, popcorn, and candy will also be available for purchase.

These are just suggestions for early September, so if you’d like more options go to the Visit Knoxville’s site for their event calendar!

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