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Thoughts on a Labor Day weekend getaway - Curt Yeomans

So, Labor Day weekend is around the corner. It will be a three-day (or four-day, if you're lucky) vacation away from the stresses of work and school. That's a long weekend, and while some people have already planned something to do (I'm going to Canada!), it's possible some of you don't yet know how you're going to spend the weekend.

True, there is the NASCAR race in Hampton that weekend, but not everyone wants to spend their weekend in Hampton, watching the cars speed by. Therefore, I have prepared a list of places to go, and things to do.

So, here are some recommendations for a nice Labor Day weekend getaway. I've broken them up by location.

First, comes the in-state options.

* The first-ever "Crush Fest" will be held at the Yonah Mountain Vineyards, located at 1717 Ga. Hwy. 255, near Cleveland, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 4, from noon, to 8 p.m. There will be grape-stomping, like the kind Lucille Ball did on "I Love Lucy." Nearby, on Sept. 5, from 3 p.m., to 7 p.m., the Fifth Annual White County Volunteer Fire Department Station 6 Car & Motorcycle Show will roll onto the grounds of White County High School, which is located at 2600 U.S. Hwy. 129 North, in Cleveland.

* The River Street Labor Day Celebration, on River Street (can't miss it, because it's by the river), in Savannah, from Saturday, Sept. 4 (9 a.m., to 9 p.m.), to Sunday, Sept. 5 (9 a.m., to 7 p.m.). There will be arts, crafts, entertainment for everyone in the family, according to the Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau web site. It's free, and open to the public. The official web site, is www.riverstreetsavannah.com/.

There are several other notable events, though, taking place that weekend, across the Southeast.

* The St. Augustine 445th Founder's Day Celebration, and the Mission Nombres De Dios Museum Dedication, will take place on Sept. 4, at the Mission of Nombre de Dios, which is located at 27 Ocean Street, in St. Augustine, Fla. There will be a re-enactment of the landing of St. Augustine's founder, don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, in roughly the same area where the Spanish colonists arrived in 1565. The events begin at 9:30 a.m., and are free. The web site is www.missionandshrine.org/.

* The Second Annual Low Country Jazz Festival, will be going on throughout Charleston, S.C., from Sept. 3, to Sept. 5. The web site is lowcountryjazz.com/.

* The North Carolina Apple Festival will be going on, on Main Street, (it's like McDonough's Geranium Festival), in Hendersonville, N.C., from Sept. 3, through Sept. 6. It will be near the square, at the Historic Henderson County Courthouse, which is located at One Historic Courthouse Square, in Hendersonville. The web site is www.ncapplefestival.org/.

* The Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, will take place on South Main Street, at Peabody Place (it's another street festival), in Memphis, Tenn., from Sept. 4, through Sept. 5. The web site is www.southernfolklore.com/.

* The City of Louisville, Ky., will hold its annual WorldFest international festival from Sept. 3, through Sept. 4, on the Belvedere, between 4th, and 6th streets (in Louisville, of course). The web site is www.worldfestlouisville.com/.

* The Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival, will be taking place in Winchester, Ky. (in the city's College and Lykins parks), from Sept. 3, through Sept. 5. The web site is danielboonepioneerfestival.com/.

Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.