An Open Letter to Florence, South Carolina

Dear Florence, SC,

In my recent travels I happened briefly upon your fair city and I am left with a few questions for you:soth_caolina_Florence_map_SC

No alcohol on Sundays? At all?

Not even beer?

How do you people watch football?

Your prompt response would be most appreciated.

Love,

Sarah 

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  1. Delaware just legalized liquor sales on Sundays a few years ago. I’m still trying to get used to NOT stocking up on Saturday night..

  2. Connecticute = same issue… we have to do some planning ahead for holidays, Sundays and anytime after 9:00 p.m. (although this only changed recently, it used to be 8:00)

  3. What? We have plenty of stuff at the stores on Saturday night. We go buy it right after bath time.

  4. In college, I dated a guy whose father’s side of the family lived in Florence, and we spent a couple of days there at Christmas. As we were backing down the driveway and driving away, he turned to me and summed it all up in one sentence: “We’ve been here too long.”

  5. Our county is the same. Thankfully we always have plenty of bottles. The day our house is dry is the day … well … I just can’t imagine that kind of day…

  6. Heh. That was a big adjustment for us when we moved to SC (we’re in York County, an hour north of the Florence area). I was very surprised when we popped into a local place one Sunday soon after we arrived and they wouldn’t let me have a refreshing Malibu Rum w/pineapple juice. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and they eventually relaxed the law because they realized the restaurants and bars in the neighboring NC areas just over the border were making a tidy profit on Sundays.

    But yes, as Florence said – most do their shopping on Saturday nights.

  7. De in D.C. says:

    Do they watch football in SC? When was the last time the SC football team won the Super Bowl? Oh wait… *grin*

    (I could make some witty joke about how NASCAR races are only on Sat; not Sun, so they don’t need the beer, but I’m not sure that is the case.)

  8. Dear Sarah,
    With a bible in one hand a chili cheese hot dog in the other, as God intended.
    Sincerely,
    Florence

  9. Have you been away from the south for so long you forgot about Blue Laws?!?!

    And dry towns?

    Julie
    Using My Words

  10. In DE, no liquor sales on Sunday until the last few years. Before that, we stocked on Saturday. If we forgot, or ran out, we went over the state line into Maryland (luckily, DE is a very small, narrow state, so you’re never very far from MD). The nearest MD liquor store was called Walker’s Market, but it was always referred to as Walker’s Chapel, cause we all went there on Sundays.

  11. So I take it that mean you’re not moving any time soon?

  12. Yeah. Welcome to the South. Cause not selling alcohol on Sundays prevents drinking on the Sabbath doncha know? Worse…there are still counties here in GA that don’t sell alcohol at all. My in laws live in a dry county. And yet….they probably have more alchoholics than any other. Don’t you just love the irony?

  13. Given the fact that we live in Las Vegas, I guess I don’t understand the whole “dry” thing. Other than it being a Church day, what’s the difference between drinking on Sunday or any other day of the week?

  14. I was once at an event — granted, a really shitty event to begin with — wherein some participants went on a liquor run, visited three states, and came back empty.

    (Because funerals suck anyway. Funerals without booze suck even more.)

  15. Yeah. Patheticut feels your pain. Thankfully we’re not far from the New York line where many beer runs have been made on Sunday at noon.

  16. Blue Laws.
    I grew up in a blue law state.
    No beer on election day.
    No beer on holidays.
    No beer on Sunday.

  17. But you know what really sucked growing up in Indiana (another one of those not on Sunday states)–when a major holiday fell on a Saturday or Monday–then nothin’ for two days in a row. They even put up signs in the grocery store and blocked off the cold beer section!

  18. That is so…..last century or the century before of them! I will not be moving there anytime soon!

  19. Florence. What about that name says booze and football to you?

    More like lemonade and canasta. Maybe Florence is just living up to it’s name.

  20. I am really only familiar with the Indiana liquor laws, and was very disappointed the first time I was denied beer on Sunday. What strikes me as odd is that you can go to a bar and get some takeaway liquor on Sundays instead. What’s up with that? In Germany, we have no such laws, but most stores are closed on Sunday. So we just go to the gas stations, where they even sell hard liquor and are more lenient when it comes to age verification. Also, some clubs in Germany don’t allow dancing on Good Friday.

  21. What? Really? No liquor on Sundays? I’m going to have to verify this. You should’ve trekked about an hour and a half south to Summerville. We gots lots of places to have liquor on Sunday. I wonder if they still use mini bottles up there too.

  22. That is just wrong. I am so glad I live in a hippie pagan heathen state.

  23. South Carolina and Oklahoma are very similar in their nutso laws. We don’t have alcohol on Sundays here either, though you CAN buy beer. (Though not 6 point, which you have to get at a liquor store…which are all closed on Sundays.)

    They legalized tattoos just a few months after we did…which was only about a year ago. Before that, we had to go over state line to get one.

    We’re so, so proud.

  24. That’s why they all make beer in their bathtubs.

  25. Blueeyes– your county is exempt from blue laws because of how much you generate as hospitality tax. In Florence County the Wal Mart is roped off on Sunday– food and non food. It is pretty ridiculous. Those of us that live here just have stocked pantries and we know to get to the store before midnight on Saturday! Last call is at midnight on Saturday as well. We also only can buy liquor from sunup to sundown in a red dot store– none at any other store. We don’t do mini bottles, that was repealed on a statewide level last year.

  26. if you drive 5 miles away into the next county here in NC you will find a dry county. Imagine not being able to buy liquor at all. I wandered around their grocery store forever looking for the wine one day. This is also the place that has a Baptist church every mile. We were spoiled in Tampa I guess.

  27. Ha. Parts of Texas were like that growing up. That was actually pretty much the rule, not the exception.

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