The Hidden Almanac for
Friday March 6th, 2015
Episode 232
Previous episode: 2015-03-04
Next episode: 2015-03-09


Today we recall an embarrassment at a sporting event. it is also the day Echo Harbor had a break out. It is the Feast Day of Sourdough, and in the garden, there are signs of Spring.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is March 6th, 2015.

It was on this day in 1965 that the Troyzantine Soccer League came to the city for a championship match. Many commemorative items were sold featuring the team’s coat of arms, three swords on a field of green, with the motto “We Shall Not Yield” underneath in ancient Troyzantine script. Unfortunately for the team, the motto was written down wrong, and nearly twenty thousand t-shirts were sold with a motto that, translated, read “We Shall Not Yodel.” Upon the day of the game, the Troyzantine team took the field to loud yodels from the stands, and eventually stalked off in outrage, forfeiting the match.

And it was on this day, in the Year of Empty Closets, that every person in the town of Echo Harbor developed terrible acne. It was so sudden and so severe that doctors at first believed it was measles. Eventually it became clear that it was merely pimples. “I am seventy-five years old,” said one prominent citizen, in deep disgust. “I am done with pimples. I have dealt with eldritch horrors and holes in time and space, but this is too far!” Eventually, with the application of witch hazel and antibiotics, it mostly cleared up. The source was presumed magical, but never determined.

It is the Feast Day of Sourdough. Eat sourdough today, with butter or cream cheese, and feed the starters, wherever they may be.

In the garden, things are trying very hard to grow. The alliums have come up. Star of Troyzantium even returned, although it can be finicky in wet weather. The golden alexanders have put out leaves. The cyclamen is spreading in the dry patch under the pine trees, and the lily-of-the-valley has sent up leaves, even if it is not blooming. My hellebores…well, they have not survived the weather and the trampling. But still, spring is doing its best, even in the face of great adversity.

Now is the time to start peppers, tomatoes, ground cherries and tomatillos indoors. A grow light and a heating mat are recommended. Sunny windowsills are all very good in theory, but few are as sunny as we believe them to be.

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

Also brought to you by the Echo Harbor Tourism Board. Come! Visit! That pimples thing was years ago! We are very reasonably priced and at the moment have excellent sledding.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for March 6th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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