5–1-08 Neigh­bor­hood The­ater, Char­lotte, NC poster by Chris Shaw

5/1/08 Moonalice poster by Chris ShawMay 1, 2008 Neigh­bor­hood The­ater, Char­lotte, North Car­olina
Moon­al­ice poster by Chris Shaw

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, the ancient tribe strug­gled to sur­vive in the Pied­mont region of North Car­olina. Then some­time in the 18th cen­tury, they went their own way and con­tact was lost with other Moon­al­ice fam­i­lies. We learned the full story in Char­lotte from local chief Tar Heel Moon­al­ice, matri­arch of the tribe in North Car­olina. It turns out that the Pied­mont cli­mate was unsuit­able for hemp farm­ing, but too nice to aban­don. And so the local tribe diver­si­fied into other crops: tobacco and corn likker. Tobacco lacked the ver­sa­til­ity of hemp, but was addic­tive even for politi­cians and judges, which helped to keep in legal. Accord­ing to Chief Tar Heel, tobacco sup­ported the tribe eco­nom­i­cally while boot­leg­ging pro­vided much needed exer­cise. The local tribe mem­bers raced their prod­uct around in cars souped up to out­run tax col­lec­tors and police. This even­tu­ally led to stock car rac­ing. Which means NASCAR descended from boot­leg­ging, which descended from Moon­al­ice! How cool is that? Of course, the tribe called their prod­uct “Moonshine.”

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