August 1 & 2, 2008 Grateful Garcia Gathering, Legend Valley, Thornville, Ohio
Moonalice poster by Ron Donovan
(August 1) 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.
(August 2) 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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