September 19, 2008 The Orange Peel, Asheville, North Carolina Moonalice poster by Chris ShawAccording to Moonalice legend, most of the early inhabitants of present-day Asheville were Cherokee. The history books don’t mention it, but Asheville was also home to a small band of Moonalice, whose influence can be felt even today. We note, for example, that Self magazine named Asheville the “Happiest City for Women.” We saw also that Rolling Stone says this is the “New Freak Capital of the US” and that PETA calls Asheville the most vegetarian-friendly small city in the country. How did Asheville become the favored home of Female Vegetarian Freaks? Moonalice influence. The tribe is matriarchal. One of the tribe’s two clans is hippies who grow hemp. And the tribe has always been nice to vegetarians. Coincidence? We think not. According to Moonalice legend, September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arghh! Did you hear about the new pirate movie? It’s rated “Arghhh!” M114 Listen to the show now at Moonalice.com.