First Labor Day in USofA

[Back in the fall of 1975 we moved to the USofA from India in two installments – myself first, to take up my position as the newly appointed Assistant Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) in Upstate New York at the beginning of its 1975-76 Concert Season; then, a month later I was joined by my wife and three daughters.]

At the conclusion of what was a successful subscription series in May 1976, the RPO President Robert Strasenburg and his wife met me at a post-concert reception and invited me and my family to join them on his yacht for an ‘outing’ on Lake Ontario on Labor Day. I learned then that “Labor Day is an annual holiday held to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. It is a federal holiday observed on the first Monday of September, and is customarily viewed as the end of the summer vacation season.”

Thus, on September 6, 1976, we forgathered at the slip in the port of Rochester and led en masse by our hosts, the Strasenburgs, on to a sleek white well-appointed vessel for our very first mini-voyage on Lake Ontario.

That was followed the next month by our visiting the Strasenburg’s impressive Planetarium in the City.

References: My Diary; Wikipedia

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