The Hidden Almanac for
Friday June 13th, 2014
Episode 118
Previous episode: 2014-06-11
Next episode: 2014-06-16


Today, a community theater performed The King in Yellow. It is also the anniversary of the closing of Miss McGillicutty’s. It is the Feast Day of St. June, and in the garden, there is prickly pear.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is June 13th, 2014.

It was on this day in the Year of Hides that a community theatre performance of The King in Yellow was staged in the village of Echo Harbor. It ran for three nights, and at the end the players collapsed to the stage. Medical examiners announced that the actors had been dead, probably since the first night. Several prominent critics described the performance as “not bad for community theatre” and “good quality for an amateur production.”

And it is the seventy-fifth anniversary of the closing of Miss McGillicutty’s Home For Incorrigible Girls. This all girls boarding school was modeled on a military academy and was used as a threat by thousands of mothers--“Be good, or we’ll send you to Miss McGillicutty’s!” Tales of mistreatment and horror leaked frequently from the Home, but the owners were highly placed in government and evaded any oversight for decades. Upon being decommissioned, a rat king was discovered in the basement, which claimed to be Miss McGillicutty reborn and demanded asylum from the government.

And it was on this day in 2013 that two weirdos got married.[1]

It is the Feast Day of Saint June, patron of impending doom and causes newly lost. Invoke St. June to come to terms with that which cannot be changed. She looks much like Saint Jude and confusion is common. The Hospital of St. Jude and St. June within the city is one of the oldest hospitals still working and treats many low-income patients every year.

In the garden, the eastern prickly pear has flowered. This cactus looks as if it should be limited to southern climates, but is surprisingly cold hardy, though it cannot abide soggy soil. It is faster growing than most cactus and forms a dense, sculptural thicket over time. The pads are edible and the flowers are pollinated by long-tongued bees.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”

I would like to alert my listeners that I will be out of town next week. There has been a saint sighting on the coast and my expertise has been requested. In the meantime, a colleague of mine from the Ravencoast School of Divinity, Pastor Drom, will be filling in for me.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for June 13th, 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.

Notes Edit

  1. The weirdos in question are clearly meant to be Ursula and Kevin; June 13, 2013 was the day they got married.

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