Labor Day: What it Means

Labor Day this year falls on September 2, and is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Daze – Pride, Chaos and Kegs on Labor’s First ‘Day’

On the morning of September 5, 1882, a crowd of spectators filled the sidewalks of lower Manhattan near city hall and along Broadway. They had come early, well before the Labor Day parade marchers, to claim the best vantage points from which to view the first Labor Day parade. A newspaper account of the day described “…men on horseback, men wearing regalia, men with society aprons, and men with flags, musical instruments, badges, and all the other paraphernalia of a procession.”

The police, wary that a riot would break out, were out in force that morning as well. By 9 a.m., columns of police and club-wielding officers on horseback surrounded city hall. By 10 a.m., the Grand Marshall of the parade, William McCabe, his aides and their police escort were all in place for the start of the parade. There was only one problem: none of the men had moved. The few marchers that had shown up had no music.

According to McCabe, the spectators began to suggest that he give up the idea of parading, but he was determined to start on time with the few marchers that had shown up. Suddenly, Mathew Maguire of the Central Labor Union of New York (and probably the father of Labor Day) ran across the lawn and told McCabe that two hundred marchers from the Jewelers Union of Newark Two had just crossed the ferry — and they had a band!

Just after 10 a.m., the marching jewelers turned onto lower Broadway — they were playing “When I First Put This Uniform On,” from Patience, an opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. The police escort then took its place in the street. When the jewelers marched past McCabe and his aides, they followed in behind. Then, spectators began to join the march. Eventually, there were 700 men in line in the first of three divisions of Labor Day marchers. Final reports of the total number of marchers ranged from 10,000 to 20,000 men and women.

With all of the pieces in place, the parade marched through lower Manhattan. The New York Tribune reported that: “The windows and roofs and even the lamp posts and awning frames were occupied by persons anxious to get a good view of the first parade in New York of workingmen of all trades united in one organization.”

At noon, the marchers arrived at Reservoir Park, the termination point of the parade. While some returned to work, most continued on to the post-parade party at Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and Ninth Avenue; even some unions that had not participated in the parade showed up to join in the post-parade festivities that included speeches, a picnic, an abundance of cigars, and “Lager beer kegs… mounted in every conceivable place.”

From 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. that night, nearly 25,000 union members and their families filled the park and celebrated the very first, and almost entirely disastrous, Labor Day.


September is National Piano Month and Classical Music Month!

Jae-Hyuck Cho

This month, KBOG spotlights acclaimed pianist, Jae-Hyuck Cho. He is one of the most active concert pianists in Korea, making over sixty appearances on stage annually. He has been described as “a pianist who is nearing perfection with extraordinary breadth of expression, flawless technique and composition, sensitivity and intelligence, insightful and detailed playing without exaggeration.”

As the winner of the Pro Piano New York Recital Series Auditions, Cho made his New York debut in 1993 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He has since been active as a recitalist, a soloist and a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, appearing in venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Seoul Arts Center of Korea, the Opera House of Monte Carlo, and Moscow’s The Great Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall, and Rachmaninoff Hall.

He also has made appearances with numerous orchestras including the L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo of Monaco, New Jersey Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Plano Symphony and San Angelo Symphony of Texas, Jalisco Symphony of Mexico, and most major orchestras in South Korea. His interest in collaborating with artists of different medium led him to work together in special projects with Korean National Ballet and an illusionist Lee Eun-gyeol, resulting in creating new ways to merge different genres together.

On this Sony Classical release, Cho performs three of Beethoven’s best-known piano sonatas: the Pathétique, the Appassionata, and the Waldstein. Have a listen to his flawless rendition of Pathétique below, and then head to his site Here to hear more, find tour dates and to get your copy!

Joe Alexander Shepherd

An English composer and pianist whose minimalist contemporary-classical works invoke names like Ludovico Einaudi, Michael Nyman, and Dustin O’Halloran, Joe Alexander Shepherd is a native of York and a graduate from Paul McCartney’s acclaimed Academy of Music in Liverpool. A composer since the age of 15, Shepherd has a classical background, but is also a pop and electronic music fan who incorporates textural synths into his work. In 2018, he signed to Nettwerk Music Group and released his debut album, Time. Check out his new track Beautiful Girl (Piano Solo) below, which is available digitally Here.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 25 – October 15!

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.

Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.

The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. On the 2010 Census form, people of Spanish, Hispanic and/or Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or “another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.”

Today, 57.5 million people or 18% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population.

Share in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Hispanic Heritage Day at the Oregon State Capitol – Kick off the month-long national recognition for Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday, September 14. Civic groups, organizations, art, music, poetry, language, cultural heritage and more will be recognized during this four-hour event at the Oregon State Capitol.

Location 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301. For more information visit


2019 Bandon Cranberry Festival, September 13-15!

Join us for a fun-filled weekend of activities and events!

The Bandon Cranberry Festival is a lively introduction to our community and a time-honored tradition for residents. The festival celebrates local cranberry farming with entertainment for everyone– live music and performing arts, classic cars and farm equipment, sports, shopping, dining and contests. Farmers and artisans strut their stuff at Cranberry City and the Festival Market. Live music, from rock ‘n’ roll to classic country, will keep you hummin’ all weekend. Event venues include Old Town, the Port of Bandon waterfront, Sprague Community Theater, Bandon City Park and Bandon High School. For more information, click Here.


The Albanie Falletta Band – New Orleans Jazz and Blues, September 14

The Albanie Falletta Band will perform for the first time on the Oregon Coast as a special event of Bandon’s 2019 Cranberry Festival! The concert will feature the rich, mesmerizing sounds of New Orleans jazz and blues. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the highly accomplished musicians of The Albanie Falletta Band rock the house on Saturday, September 14th, at The Sprague Community Theater from 7-9:30 pm.

NOLA musician and rising star Albanie Falletta has an irresistible voice that is at the same time early jazz and completely honest – Louis and Billy would be proud and smiling. Her songwriting is deep, interesting and easy as a walk in the park, while, as a guitarist, she has the chops and panache to hang with the best jazzers around. Cindy McDermott (Asheville, NC) is a first-class mandolin player and singer with a soft and sultry voice that will lure you into a false sense of security and then slap you back into reality with a wicked turn of phrase. Ronnie Ontiveros and Ben Bonham (Hood River, OR) form a tight musical team. Ben is an accomplished guitar and steel guitar player; Ronnie holds down the bass duties with a rare skill and delight. The concert is sponsored by Coastal Sotheby’s International Realty, with additional sponsorship support from Banner Bank, the Coos County Cultural Coalition and Sweet Insurance Agency.

All tickets are $20.00. Tickets are available at Bandon Ace Hardware, Bandon Mercantile and online at There will be open seating at the theater for this event. For more information and to hear some Albanie Falletta, click Here.


SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup, September 21

SOLVE’s Beach & Riverside Cleanup SOLVE’s largest event of the year, the Fall Beach & Riverside Cleanup in partnership with the Oregon Lottery is on Saturday, September 21st, 2019, in conjunction with National Public Land’s Day and International Coastal Cleanup Day. Join any of the dozens of coastal cleanup projects that are picking up marine debris and litter before it ends up back in the ocean. All events are free, open to the public and family friendly. Do your part to prevent litter from entering our oceans. Find all projects and register Here.


Oregon Shorebird Festival to Feature Red Knot, Black Oystercatcher Presenters, September 20-22

Cape Arago Audubon Society will be bringing both advanced and beginning birders alike to the Southern Oregon coast on September 20 to 22 to see and hear award winning presentations on Red Knots and Black Oystercatchers at the 33rd Oregon Shorebird Festival. The festival is a celebration of Oregon shorebirds and an educational experience, with field trips, talks, bird watching, and shared meals.

Janet Essley will present on one of the furthest migrating species in the world, the Red Knot. She will take us on a journey with the Red Knot species of the Americas, roselaari and rufa, from their breeding grounds to non-breeding sites and back again, dipping into amazing sandpiper physiology related to their ability to migrate such long distances. Through the Cultural Cartography, Essley will guide us with incredible works of art through the science and conservation of this impressive shorebird.

The Black oystercatcher is a charismatic and conspicuous shorebird of the west coast and currently is classified as a “species of high conservation concern”. Their health and reproductive success are being closely monitored by the Oregon Blackoystercatcher Project, co-led by Audubon Society of Portland staff scientist Joe Liebezeit. Liebezeit will present on the monitoring project aiming to provide new information about this species’ biology to better inform methods of protection.

Information about the festival as well as registration details can be found at Contact Harv Schubothe at (541) 297-2342 for more information.


Alive After Five Wine Walk, September 27

Alive After Five’s wine walk celebrates World Tourism Day! Whether its’ bonsoir, buena noches or habari za jioni, you’ll have a good evening discovering international products in our downtown stores. Explore the rest of the world, right here in our own back yard before summer fades, and remind yourself why there’s nothing better than being Alive After Five in Bandon! 5-7pm, Old Town.


Circles in the Sand – Labyrinths on the Beach – several dates in September!

Labyrinth – Walking Meditation – A unique morning walk on the beach. Labyrinth master artist Denny Dyke, creates “walkable art” which is a sandy path through an entire pattern with no wrong turns or dead ends. The path is further enhanced with detailed designs and is open for all to enjoy. Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather, rain, and / or high winds. For complete schedule, check the calendar Here.


Old Town Marketplace Farmers Market, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 4pm, all summer long!

No great Northwest town would be complete without a farmers’ market where shoppers can find fresh local fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers. The really good ones also feature local bakers, artisans, and more. Bandon is no exception! Shopping at a farmers’ market benefits the farmer, the consumer and the local economy – The food is fresher and healthier, and the money spent stays in the community.

Every Friday and Saturday from May through December, the Old Town Marketplace at 250 1st Street near the boardwalk is filled with local farmers, bakers and artisans, selling their creations. Shoppers can find fresh produce, sweet and savory cheesecakes, plant starts, jewelry, art, coffee, baked goods, and much more, including wine & beer tastings from The Shed and fresh fish from Farm & Sea. The market is open from 10-4, but come early for the best selections!


Free Summer Sundays at the Bandon Historical Museum all summer, September 15 is the last of the season!

During all of June through September 15 there will be free admission each SUNDAY thanks to our sponsors First Interstate Bank and The Best Western Inn at Face Rock. Bring the kids and have them do our “History Detective” challenge!


Celebrate Women Warriors!

Crossover Media is very excited to announce our new podcast series featuring Women Warriors: The Voices of Change! Over the course of the series, Crossover Media’s Max Horowitz chats with the female composers who wrote music for this historic event happening at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on September 20th, 2019 at 8:00pm.

Women Warriors: The Voices of Change is a thrilling multimedia concert performed by Orchestra Moderne NYC, and features the music of eight renowned female film composers. Presenting 800 years of women fighting for human rights and equality, this 80-minute interactive symphonic experience features historical visuals of activists from the past to present day. A socially and culturally relevant world premiere concert experience, Women Warriors: The Voices of Change celebrates the strength and heroism of female global activists fighting for human, civil, and minority rights, environmental causes, and gender equality.

Conductor and Producer Amy Andersson teams with composers Nathalie Bonin, Miriam Cutler, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Sharon Farber, Mandy Hoffman, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi, and Lolita Ritmanis, who together have created a rich and cinematic orchestral experience. Concertgoers will hear an unprecedented seventeen world premieres that inspire hope and courage for women and girls around the world. Special guest artists include; Afghan rapper/songwriter Sonita Alizadeh, fifteen year old singer/songwriter Isolde Fair, and violinist Nathalie Bonin. Iranian human rights activist and author Masih Alinejad is the honored guest speaker.

Have a listen to the show below, and then follow the podcast on Soundcloud Here!