October 23 & 24 2009 Magnolia Festival, Live Oak, Florida
Moonalice poster by Chris Shaw
According to Wikipedia, no one really knows precisely when Live Oak, Florida was founded. If there was ever a record, it has been lost. Artifacts suggest the town was founded some time between 1850 and 1875 by a bunch of railroad workers who enjoyed resting under the oaks and decided to put down roots. The artifacts included unused shovels and hammers, as well as a roach clip. According to Moonalice legend, these artifacts tell an amazing story. The railroad across Florida took many years to build and hemp from the local Moonalice tribe was turned into rope and fabric for the railroad, as well as entertainment products for the workers. Given the latter, it’s no surprise that the tools were unused and the records disappeared.
Today’s poster features the great matriarch Magnolia Moonalice. According to Moonalice legend, Magnolia lived right here in Live Oak. In the tradition of the great Moonalice matriarchs, Magnolia was both clever and wise. Clever? She could roll doobies with one hand while wrestling an alligator with the other. Wise? She understood the importance of making the hemp crop last all year.
According to Moonalice legend, October 23 is Mole Day. You might assume that Mole Day is just a hangover following yesterday’s Highest of High Holidays, Wombat Day. But you would be wrong. A Mole turns out to be one of the seven base units of International Standard measuring system. It’s not a number that rolls off the tongue – 6.02×1023 – but scientists like it enough that they celebrate it today. Since we weren’t together yesterday, I recommend that we pretend it’s still Wombat Day!
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