I know. I know. Another post or tweet about the beach or Jersey Shore? I promise there’s more to me and The Other Side of Later than the little southeastern corner of the Garden State that I love so much. But it’s Labor Day weekend so you’ll have to let me indulge just one last time for the summer.
Labor Day has always marked the unofficial end of summer at the Jersey Shore. As a kid, my grandfather would always tell me we were “locking up the beach” for the year when we left on Labor Day. You’ll find that phrase in The Other Side of Later as well as a scene of Julia and her family and friends celebrating the unofficial end of the summer season on the beach. It’s very much like the one my family, friends, and I create each and every Labor Day.
I’ve included a little sneak peek of Julia’s Labor Day. I hope you enjoy it, and more importantly, I hope you enjoy your Labor Day weekend with family and friends as well!
Labor Day on the beach at the Jersey Shore was a little bit of a production. It was the unofficial last day of summer. For years, the regular beach crew would have a little party. Over time, the little party grew into a bit of an extravaganza with close to 25 people. There were plenty of snacks, a cooler of soda, and we ordered subs. When the weather cooperated, it was the perfect time to be on the beach. Early September when all of the shoebies had departed for the summer; only the locals were left to enjoy it.
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