The sounds of summer are coming to an end, but folks here at Seneca Park are not yet ready to let it go. Labor Day is a day for family, friends and food.
"There's plenty of food. You know us Hispanics, we love food. Any Hispanic event you go to, doesn't matter where you are, what you're doing, there's a lot of food always," said Liz Pedraza, a parent.
This group of about 50 people served up traditional foods you'd find at a cook-out along with a mix of Puerto Rican food sprinkled in.
Labor Day may be the last unofficial day of summer, but it's also the first day these folks find out their hard work during the past year has paid off. They're from the City of Refuge Church in Irondequoit. The congregation formed nearly two years ago. The church started without a home and with only seven members. Now, the predominantly Puerto Rican congregation has a new home and 120 members.
"Now, we're going to be in the community where we want to be, to impact the families there," said Santos Alvarado, the pastor.
Soon, they'll be worshipping at School #8.
"We want to impact the Hispanics because our services are completely in Spanish, we translate the services, but for the most part it's in Spanish. We want to reach out to the community, especially those coming from the islands, they're not fluent in English," said Alvarado.
On this Labor Day, there's no language barrier between these folks when it comes to playing volleyball, playing dominoes or simply taking a nice long nap. It's the start of a new tradition. One they hope to repeat here at Seneca Park each Labor Day.