Jane Austen

Regency Boardwalk?

First, a mea culpa: I am so, so sorry for not posting last Friday. I was away, and internet access was nonexistent.

But where were you, Megan, that you couldn’t share your wisdom with us?

I was at the Jersey shore. Now, before you go making cracks, let me tell you that the town I was in is a dry town, founded by Methodists, and a far cry from Snooki et al‘s stomping grounds.

It had, in fact, a lot in common with Regency romance novels:

–In Jersey, social gatherings take place at the boardwalk; in the Regency era, it’s Almack’s.
–Drunkenness is frowned upon.
–Teens parade in front of each other for potential romantic coupling.
–There are very few places people can go to engage in PDAs. You have to get creative.
–Old ladies are constantly judging.
–You take the waters at the beach in Jersey, in Bath in Regency novels.

And now the summer is over! I hope everyone had a lovely one. I am happy to be back to my routine, although I do miss the lobster patties pizza.


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Diane Gaston
11 years ago

I want to go to Mack and Mango’s Pizza!!! It looks great.

Diane Gaston
11 years ago

Forget it. I was after a mango pizza.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

We lived in a dry town once. Good times. But we helped vote it wet right before we moved, so our public service knows no bounds.

Megan Frampton
11 years ago

Diane, the pizza–sans mango, sadly, is fantastic. They use asiago cheese, we think, but their recipe is a closely-guarded secret. Still the best pizza I’ve ever had, and I live in NYC!

Maggie, the biggest liquor store EVER is just outside city limits, so it’s not like it’s really and truly dry. But it does keep the riffraff off the boardwalk!

Louisa Cornell
11 years ago

You have me craving pizza now! And it has to be good if it is better than New York pizza. I had some GREAT pizza at Nationals this year.

Living in Alabama over the years I have lived in both wet and dry counties. There is ALWAYS some enterprising soul all to willing to open a liquor store just over the city limits or the county line! The worst I ever saw was the liquor store that sold fireworks and guns and ammo as well. BAD idea. Really bad idea!

Lady Síle Eversley
11 years ago

Here in the UK we have no alcohol-free towns or cities, so the notion seems strange. Love the parallels drawn with Almacks 🙂

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

OK, now I am really craving pizza. Thanks a lot 🙂

Louisa, LOL–I am sooo glad that store is NOT near me! 🙂 When I was a little kid the town where I live was dry–I didn’t care back then, but I do remember my dad complaining about having to drive to the next county…so weird

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