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Labor Day Brings Day of Labor for Some

by on September 02, 2014 6:40 AM

While Labor Day means a time relaxation for many, some people in State College took the holiday a little more literally.

Devin Cashmark, who works at Bill Pickle’s Tap Room on Allen Street, says his family lives scattered between Philadelphia and North Caroling – making getting together for the Labor Day weekend more than a little difficult.

“I was available, and I wanted to make some money,” he laughs.

Pickle’s saw its fair share of people enjoying the holiday, including a “crazy busy” lunch rush complete with early semester bar tours, Cashmark says. Even though the Corner Room next door – which shares a kitchen with Pickle’s – also saw a busy lunch rush, he says they kept up with the rush well. 

“I would have thought a lot of people would be out grilling,” Cashmark says, “but we still got a ton of people.”

Kyle Zoscin, a manager with the Corner Room, says they were busy from the start of the day, including a lunch rush that exceeded their expectations by 50 people. Zoscin says he’s not upset about working on a holiday, since he still got an extra day off and got to go home to Hazelton, Pa. for his fantasy football draft.

“It’s a restaurant; I expect to work,” he says.

Not everyone had to work quite so hard. Steve Artz, owner of Gift Adventures on Beaver Ave, opened his novelty shop an hour late and closed early, giving him plenty of time to relax at home.

“It’s really not a big day for shopping downtown,” he says. “I feel like a lot of people shopping today are out at the big box stores and places with big Labor Day sales.”

He also got most of his Labor Day celebration out the way on Saturday, enjoying the Penn State game against UCF in Dublin. The day started at his house early in the morning with a breakfast party, though he had to leave to come open the store that afternoon.

“Everyone was still partying when I got back,” he says. “And then the second wave of friends came over.” 

Barrett McMurtry, a senior at State College High School, had a different, more physically demanding, kind of work to do on Monday morning: football practice.

Though he was drenched with sweat at the end of practice, McMurtry says his Labor Day labor was a little more laid back than most practices – mostly reviewing videos and running basic exercises.

He says he doesn’t mind this Labor Day practice, since he can still spend the evening at home. The long weekend also gave him more time to recover.

“I’m looking forward to going home, watching some TV and hanging out with my family,” McMurtry says.

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Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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