8–14-08 Cast­aways, Ithaca, NY poster by Alexandra Fischer

8/14/08 Moonalice poster by Alexandra FischerAugust 14, 2008 Cast­aways, Ithaca, New York
Moon­al­ice poster by Alexan­dra Fischer

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, young mem­bers of the ancient Moon­al­ice tribe in upstate New York devel­oped an unhealthy fas­ci­na­tion with the neigh­bor­ing Iro­quois Con­fed­er­a­tion. The, you see, were very sophis­ti­cated in com­par­i­son to the very down mar­ket Moon­al­ice tribe. The Iro­quois rep­re­sented every­thing Moon­al­ice was not: they were rich; they were edu­cated; they had lots of friends. In short, they were main­stream estab­lish­ment. Moon­al­ice had just the two clans — the nomadic musi­cians and the hemp farm­ers — and they couldn’t get any­where near the Iro­quois Con­fed­er­a­tion with­out get­ting laughed at. In spite of this, young Moon­al­ice read fan mag­a­zines like Iro­quois Tonight! and Quo­is­Fa­natic in teepees adorned with posters of great Iro­quois chiefs. It annoyed their par­ents to no end.

In a bright cor­ner of the Moon­al­ice leg­end sits one of the great inven­tions in the his­tory of the tribe: the refresh­ing fruit-flavored ice dessert. For hun­dreds of years, the tribe searched far and wide for some­thing sweet that would salve the sav­age throat after smok­ing. A few unlucky tribe mem­bers dis­cov­ered that snow was unre­li­able. Not only was it avail­able only a few months a year, it came in fla­vors that no one liked, such as “cit­rus.” For­tu­nately, in 1905 a kid in San Fran­cisco left a mix of fruit soda pow­der and water on the porch overnight on the cold­est day of the year. It had a drink stir­rer in it. By morn­ing, the Pop­si­cle was born. We bring this up because Wikipedia reveals that August 14 is National Cream­si­cle Day. There’s no way this can be a coin­ci­dence. Not here in Ithaca. So the Earl of Moon­al­ice went graz­ing and came back with a cou­ple of boxes of Cream­si­cles that we shared with the audience.




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