An Alternative Labor Day Celebration

Happy Labor Day weekend from The Weekender! It’s the final bastion of Summer, a final holdout of relaxation and respite from work before the crush of the fall season and a mad dash toward the holidays.

You’re undoubtedly planning time at the lake or a pool already. I don’t need to tell you that Aggieland has options aplenty. You don’t need to be told it’s time for football, either. After all, we’re sure you’re watching the most football coverage in Aggieland right here on CW8.

So what, then, is The Weekender’s brilliant suggestion for celebrating summer’s last stand? It’s as simple as A, B, C…

Air conditioning



That’s right. This weekend, we’re loading up on the best barbecue Texas has to offer and settling down in front of the eight quintessential movies of summer. After all, when are you going to rest again after this weekend? New Years? Seize the day- or the three days- and relax.

So how does one go about finding the best barbecue in the area? Ordinarily, we’d send you to our favorite Aggieland hotspots via the CW8 Nightlife Guide

Get out your phone and download the Texas Monthly BBQ Finder app for iPhone or Android. You’ll find options aplenty in the area, so be sure to choose one you haven’t tried yet! Fargo’s Pit BBQ may be some of our favorite local ‘cue, but if you’re feeling really ambitious, then we suggest making the forty-something mile trek to Snow’s BBQ in Lexington. You’ll have to go before noon on Saturday, as they’re only open one day a week and close when the meat runs out around noon, but you’ll definitely enjoy the fruits of your early-morning labor. Buy enough to last you the weekend and to invite some friends… Trust us, it’s worth it.

Now for the real fun. Settle in for Hollywood’s eight best celebrations of Summer. Total running time: 14 hours, 12 minutes

Jaws (1975)

It’s been a month since Shark Week, and we’re officially declaring it time to head back to the water. Scare yourself right out of it again, along with the people of Amity, with this Spielberg classic.

Dazed and Confused (1993)

Huntsville-native Richard Linklater’s opus about the beginning of Summer 1976 may have been a classic from the day it was made. We hear George Washington was in a cult… Yes, this one might be best paired with an ice cold beer, probably from the trunk of your car.

Do The Right Thing (1989)

Spike Lee’s classic takes place on the hottest day of the year in Bed-Stuy and it feels hot throughout the film. This is definitely the heaviest movie on our list, but a must-watch for anyone.

Almost Famous (2000)

Your summer vacation has never been this cool. Don’t feel bad, though, we’re pretty sure no one’s has. Cameron Crowe’s tribute to summer is the kind of movie you always stop what you’re doing for when you see it on television. We only wish it was that easy to write for Rolling Stone.

The Wackness (2008)

How stoner movies and summer movies seem to coincide so well we aren’t sure, but this coming-of-age flick is a can’t-miss. This summer odyssey’s unique blend of hip-hop and 90’s angst make for a great watch. Prepare to crush on Olivia Thirlby.

Friday the 13th (1980)

While Jaws may be the quintessential summer scare, you can’t neglect summer’s most infamous slasher. Spend a few hours with the staff at Camp Crystal Lake. We hope you make it out alive!

The Sandlot (1993)

Baseball? Check. Summer? Check. Classic Americana? Double-check. Maybe it’s a generational thing, but The Sandlot seems as thought it has to take a spot on any list of summer classics.

Stand By Me (1986)

Based on a Stephen King novel, Rob Reiner’s classic coming of age movie gets better with every viewing. Every moment feels real and organic, like a memory from your own childhood. Of course, we’ve never discovered a dead body. Worth noting: The Weekender also will not endorse Cherry Pez as a suitable food to eat for the rest of your life.

Runners up? Who could forget Heavy Weights, Dirty Dancing, Dog Day Afternoon, The Great Outdoors, National Lampoon’s Vacation, The Seven Year Itch, American Graffiti or Wet Hot American Summer? We fully encourage your taking the time to check all of them out. After all, who doesn’t need a summer escape come mid-winter?

Not feeling the summer flicks? Check out Forbes Magazine’s list of the top ten movies to celebrate working people everywhere.

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