Could everyone write one simple essay about something that once happened in Saltaire…that they saw or were a part of…and put it on one big website? Somebody should collect a lot of stories before we all forget. Otherwise it is like a line in “On The Beach” : The history of the war that now would never be written.” -(JO'H)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Labor Day Shows in Pictures, Poems and Stories

Since it's Labor Day 2010, let's look at how some have seen the Labor Day Show:

Just today. Labor Day 2010 we hear from Billy Poteat, who was last in Saltiare in 1957. He remembers his appearance in the Labor day show, 1957:

"And what a special day today is to think back to the Labor Day programs at the Yacht Club. I remember like it was yesterday performing Andy Griffith's "What is was was football" at one of the last ones. I had acquired enough of a southern accent by then that I had 'em rolling in the aisles.
And the haunting melody and lyrics to the grand old song to close the program "Leave Old Daltaire with a cheer, And all come back next year."
Hope ya'll having a great Labor Day up there.
--Billy Poteat, Columbia S.C.

Then they would sing the SALTAIRE song as each boat left on Labor Day

S- A- L- T- A- I -R- E
That's the plae we love to be
Season's over now we're sorry
That we have to say good bye
Pack our bags and heave a sigh
Leave old Saltaire with a cheer
And All come back next year.

Jeff Weinlandt took this picture as they the Islander was pulling away on :Labor Day, 1959:

Poetess Betty Galt Kennedy:

The Labor Day Show!The Labor Day Show!
Welcome to the Labor Day Show!
How could summer go so fast?
When we turn around it’s past!
And every year again,
And at each summer’s end,
The Labor Day Show!
----Betty Galt Kennedy

In preparing for the Labor Day Show, we took the ferry to the mainland and went to Pandora’s Box (a thrift store), to buy a wedding gown for Jean Campbell. She wore that spectacular gown in the Labor Day Show as she belted out Wedding Bell Blues. It was fantastic!December 11, 2009
and of course, see below some of Ralph Perlberger's photos from Labor day Shows:

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