As it always seems to, summer has gone especially fast this year, from Memorial Day to Labor Day in less than the time it takes to pull a cork from a bottle of rose.
While Labor Day follows a familiar pattern of mall sales, backyard BBQ's and heavy traffic coming home from the beaches, it too—like Memorial Day and July 4th before it—had a more illustrious beginning.
Labor Day is a US federal holiday, observed on the first Monday in September. It celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers and was first nationally recognized in 1894 to placate unionists following the Pullman Strike, during which workers died at the hands of the US military and US Marshals (President Grover Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the strike was settled).
The initial celebration was outlined in the first proposal of the Labor Day holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and spirit de corps of the trade and labor organizations", followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the Selector movement.
How far we've come. These days, more than anything, Labor Day weekend marks the official end to summer and (here in the east, anyway) the start of school. It may also mark the last time this year you'll use your Rabbit Wine Trek to tote a bottle of chilled wine to a neighbor's pool party or your Rabbit Wine-Chilling Carafe to keep things cool in the sweltering days of summer.
So gather your friends and family for one last summer blow-out, grab your Rabbit Electric Cocktail Mixer and whip up a batch of Sweet & Spicy Margarita's (http://chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_No... ). Come Tuesday, it's time to say hello to fall!
1 part Chocolate Chili Liqueur
2 parts Tequila
2 parts Fresh Lemon Sour
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and shake. Strain into a margarita glass with ice.
Revised from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day)
Dear Ms. Metrokane,
I live in a very small apartment with a husband, two kids, three cats, two dogs and a hamster. Both my husband and I are wine afficiantos—we love white in particular—and when we spot a great deal we tend to buy bottles in multiples. Thing is, I just can't find the space for one more bottle, let alone room in my fridge. We were thinking of getting rid of the hamster, but my eight-year old won't hear of it. Any suggestions?
-- From No More Room at the Inn
Dear Miss No Room,
Yes! You must get a Rabbit Space-Saver Wine Rack, the most compact wine storage system ever designed (there's even one in the Museum of Modern Art's collection!). Crafted of high-tensile-strength steel and structural plastic, it holds 6 bottles and folds up flat. It's the perfect solution to convenient wine storage in a small space. You can even fill it with bottles and pop it into the refrigerator! So tell your eight-year old that the hamster is safe. And for the $20 the Rabbit Wine Rack costs, you can even buy two!