May 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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