8–1-08 Grateful Garcia Gathering, Thornville, OH poster by Ron Donovan

8/1/08 Moonalice poster by Ron DonovanAugust 1 & 2, 2008 Grate­ful Gar­cia Gath­er­ing, Leg­end Val­ley, Thornville, Ohio
Moon­al­ice poster by Ron Dono­van

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, no one really knows how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall. And they never will. The math is just too weird.

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, the spirit of tribe mem­bers lives on after the body goes to the Happy Hemp Ground. The leg­end tells us that Moon­al­ice spir­its fol­low the nomadic clan in the hope that low tones will even­tu­ally bring them back to life. Unfor­tu­nately, spir­its don’t have money for tick­ets, so they mostly hang out in the park­ing lot. And so it went on for mil­len­nia, until August 1995, when a great chief moved on to the Happy Hemp Ground. You may not know this, but Jerry Gar­cia was a Moon­al­ice on his mother’s side. And on his way out, Jerry did some­thing bril­liant for all Moon­al­ice spir­its. He made sure that each year on his birth­day, there would be a gig where all spir­its were wel­come. The gig would be in a big venue with comfy seat­ing and very few live bod­ies to get in the way. We can’t see them, but we’re sur­rounded by Moon­al­ice spir­its. Happy Birth­day Jerry.

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, August 2 is known as Pro­hi­bi­tion Day. On this day in 1937, the Mar­i­huana Tax Act was passed, essen­tially ren­der­ing hemp and all its byprod­ucts ille­gal. As usual, the tribe was caught com­pletely off guard. They were pay­ing no atten­tion to Wash­ing­ton. When the Feds showed up, the entire hemp crop was still in the field, a month from har­vest. It was a bud bath. Most of the tribe was rounded up. When 4:20 came and went on the first day with­out the rit­ual Smoke Out, the tribe began to see that its way of life was over. Most of the tribe was sent into the desert to pound sand. A few brave ones escaped and went under­ground, wait­ing for the moment when the Moon­al­ice tribe would rise again. Ever since, August 2nd has been a day of con­tem­pla­tion. A day to pre­pare for the end of Hemp Pro­hi­bi­tion. A day for con­sum­ing mass quan­ti­ties. Every mem­ber of the tribe must do his or her duty.

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, if it ain’t broke, don’t get excited. Just give it to George Bush. He’ll break it.

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