Sunday, January 22, 2017

Before Public Gardens & Parks - 17C Sharing news & listening to music & tdrinking at a Local Tavern or Inn

Outdoor spaces were the scene of amusements & recreation at everyday taverns in the centuries before more gentrified commercial public pleasure gardens blossomed on both sides of the Atlantic. Public pleasure gardens & grounds became places to meet neighbors & travelers passing through; to exchange news; to meet lovers; to play sports & games; to eat & drink; to watch entertainments; to promenade for recreation; to conduct business; to see & be seen.    
 Adriaen Jansz Van Ostade (1610-1685) Merry Peasants. Music & toasting outside the local tavern.