8–15-08 Sum­mer Sounds, Greens­burg, PA poster by David Singer

8/15/08 Moonalice poster by David SingerAugust 15, 2008 Sum­mer Sounds, St. Clair Park, Greens­burg, Pennsylvania
Moon­al­ice poster by David Singer

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, Greens­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia began its life as the vil­lage of New­ton, a stop along the wagon trail from what is now Pitts­burgh to what is now Philadel­phia. Right after the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War, a colo­nial vet­eran estab­lished an inn right here to cater to team­sters dri­ving wagon loads of hemp from Fort Pitt in the Three Rivers area to Philadel­phia. As you may know, hemp was the most impor­tant crop in Amer­ica in those days, due to the essen­tial role of ships of sail in the colo­nial econ­omy. That first crop of hemp from the Three Rivers region pro­duced exces­sive flow­ers, which made it unsuit­able for rope. Luck­ily, ol’ Big Greens Moon­al­ice was sleep­ing off a hang­over out back of the inn in New­ton. He arose from his stu­por just long enough to demon­strate other uses for flow­ery hemp, sav­ing the crop and the day. Every­one rejoiced! Philadel­phi­ans loved the new hemp prod­ucts, which caused them to love each other as broth­ers. And the peo­ple of New­ton imme­di­ately changed the name of their vil­lage to Greens­burg. The rest, as we say, is legend.

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, edu­ca­tion is really impor­tant. Espe­cially higher edu­ca­tion. That’s why we were pleased to see that the Uni­ver­sity of Pitts­burgh at Greens­burg cam­pus is located in Hemp­field Town­ship. Every­one there gets a full Moon­al­ice edu­ca­tion. And the local sec­ondary school is called Hemp­field High. We are not mak­ing this up. Chubby has a Spar­tan hat to prove it.

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, Aca­di­ans are French-speaking Cana­di­ans who may or may not have been affil­i­ated with the tribe. Uncer­tainty exists because no one in the Moon­al­ice tribe really knows what an Aca­dian is. How­ever, they sound like nice peo­ple. Plus, they got pushed around a lot, which is also true of the tribe. We raise this because August 15 is Aca­dian Day. We encour­age you to salute Aca­di­ans tonight with the herbal rem­edy of your choice. They may not appre­ci­ate it, but you will.


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