The Hidden Almanac for
Monday June 2nd, 2014
Episode 113
Previous episode: 2014-05-30
Next episode: 2014-06-04


Today is the day it rained ribbons. Is is also the birthday of Melissa Jaques, and the day of the Heron’s Festival. It is the Feast Day of St. Hill, and in the garden, there are strawberries.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is June 2nd, 2014.

It was on this day in 1866 that the sky rained bright red ribbons for nearly thirty minutes. In some parts of the city, the gutters filled with ribbons in piles over a foot high. Weathermen were at a loss. Clean-up was extraordinarily expensive and had to be completed rapidly, as carriage wheels and the legs of draft animals became entangled and commerce ground to a halt.

It is the birthday of the great humanitarian Melissa Jacques. A child of privileged parents, she worked as a nurse during the War with the Mountain Kingdom, and later credited this experience with opening her eyes to the realities of poverty and suffering. She built seven hospitals and one of the first modern asylums that did not serve primarily as out-of-the-way warehousing for the mentally ill. When Melissa passed away, over ten thousand people came to the funeral. Many spoke movingly about her kindnesses.

It is the Heron’s Festival in the small town of Elk’s Widow. Entertainers, dancers, and local politicians dress up as herons for this event. It is very popular with plague doctors.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Hill, patron of patent medicine and snake-oil salesmen. He is represented as having a snake’s head, holding up a bottle with a halo. St. Hill is usually invoked ironically, as the days of traveling patent medicine sales have largely passed, and icons are occasionally tucked into the shelves of homeopathic remedies as a form of mild civic vandalism.

In the garden, it is the Strawberry Moon this month, and strawberries are becoming ripe. If you are fortunate, you may get a few from the garden. More likely, the squirrels will eat them. Either way, they will be delicious.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Cabal, purveyors of things which may or may not include tea. Red Wombat --- “You don’t need to know.”

Also brought to you by Smith’s Cursed Mask Removal. Got a demonic mask that looks like it’s planning on sucking your soul out through the eye holes? Call Smith’s! We also service all models of possessed dolls and vampire teddy bears.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for June 2nd, 2014. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, and is written by Ursula Vernon. Our exit music is Red in Black and our into music is Moon Valley, both by Kosta T. You can hear more music from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. The Hidden Almanac is copyright 2013-2014, Ursula Vernon.

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