Labor Day’s official definition, according to Wikipedia (If Wikipedia counts as an official source…): A United States holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers.
Labor Day’s unofficial definition, according to me (someone who is always correct and therefore a very reliable source): The last day to wear white (Yes, that’s still a rule—especially here in the South.) and the unofficial finale of summer.
This weekend, soak up summer’s final bow. Wear white on white, slip on your favorite sandals and take advantage of Gallatin’s beautiful outdoors. Here’s how:
Picnic and a board game at Lock Four. Pack some fruit, a pitcher of lemonade and a few sandwiches—trusty pb&j will do the trick. Then, head over to Lock Four Park. You can set up shop at a picnic table, or display the spread on top a red and white checkered blanket under a Hackberry tree. Either option promises the same scenic view of Old Hickory Lake.
After munching, whip out your family’s favorite board game. Need suggestions? Apples to Apples, Monopoly and good ol’ Charades are guaranteed crowd pleasers. The specific game doesn’t really matter though. It’s all about quality time, fun and relaxation.
Touch football at Triple Creek. Call some friends and family, grab some pigskin, and huddle up at Triple Creek’s football field. Oh, and for affect, spread some grease paint under your eyes. It’ll make you play better, I promise.
Get out on Old Hickory. Kayak, sail, fish and swim in Gallatin’s lake. We’re so lucky to have 22,000 acres of water and 440 miles of shoreline in our backyards, we’ve gotta take advantage of it while the weather permits! Before summer’s sun sets, canoe, paddle board or jet ski. If water sports aren’t your thing, find a piece of shoreline, take a seat among the fireflies and watch the sun descend over the lake.
Train for the U.S. Open. Earlier this summer we resurfaced the Municipal Park tennis courts. They’re in great condition and free to the public. Don’t know how to play? Don’t let that stop you. Buy, rent or borrow a few rackets, grab a friend or family member and do your best Andre Agassi or Maria Sharapova impression. And hey, even if you don’t serve quite like Andre or Maria, I guarantee you’ll still have fun and get a great workout.
Play 18. Don a pair knickers, grab your clubs and play 18 at Long Hollow Golf Course. (You don’t really have to wear knickers. But hey, if you dress like Payne Stewart, you might play like him…That’s my logic anyway.) Of course I’m going to say great things about Long Hollow—I work for the city. To give you an unbiased report, I’ll let a recent Google reviewer tell you what you need to know about Gallatin’s public course: “I have never seen a municipal golf course kept any better, the staff any nicer and greens any better.” There’s one thing the reviewer forgot to brag about though: Long Hollow’s burgers. They’re the best in town folks! Golf, burgers and knickers. What could be better?
Originally published in the Tennessean Examiner.