Area abuzz with activities for festive Labor Day weekend

I had the pleasure of making a stroll downtown, taking in the sights and all a vibrant Main Street has to offer. On my way to dinner Monday, I was greeted by a friendly passerby, someone who recognized me as the editor of The Telegraph.

We exchanged pleasantries and talked about the city. It was great to see so many people out enjoying our downtown and what’s left of the nice weather.

In that moment of camaraderie with a virtual stranger, Greater Nashua – for as large of a community as it is – felt homier and neighborly. Like a warm cup of comfort, interaction reminded me of fall, and of the upcoming fairs and festivals that soon come with the season.

This week there’s been a slight chill in the air at night. Our waitress at Martha’s Exchange commented about that very thing as I dined at the restaurant’s outside patio, enjoying the sights and sounds of summer before they fade into fall.

She talked about the changing of the seasons, and for many, that is what Labor Day weekend symbolizes: the end of summer.

While warm weather may fast fade in the region, there’s no end in sight for fun festivities – especially as we celebrate the holiday.

Today’s Encore cover is dedicated to two Labor Day events: Milford and Francestown. Milford’s parade long has been known as the biggest Labor Day fest in the state, while Francestown’s will mark a century of celebrations.

In addition to parades – and fireworks in Francestown – there are activities for everyone at both events. This simple, but treasured slate of festivities allows us to disconnect from our phones and the hectic schedules of our labors to enjoy the fruits of our work – in the company of our family, friends and community members.

Maybe you’ll even meet someone new – just as I did during my jaunt through town. Getting to know our neighbors, taking time to recharge and relax, enjoying all the holiday weekend has to offer: That’s how many likely will spend Labor Day.

For me, I think I’ll start by paying a visit to the Clydesdale horses, during photo day at the Anheuser-Busch plant. Then, I’ll make my way around to several community events, before coming in to put the paper together Monday for Tuesday’s edition.

No matter how you choose to spend the holiday, it’s clear from this week’s Encore that the area is abuzz with activities to bid summer a fond farewell.

May you enjoy them safely and responsibly. And may our students enjoy this last long weekend of summer, before classes get underway in all districts in our readership area.