The Iron Horse Calendar 2020

Upcoming Events, Special Release Dates, Reasons to Celebrate

Chinese New Year January 25

Celebrate the Year  of the Rat with our special limited production bubbly with fortune cookies. 

The Rat is the first sign in the 12-animal cycle of Chinese Astrology, a portent of new beginnings. Rats are said to be clever and wise, symbols of wealth and abundance. Rat years include 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, making this is the perfect gift for anyone expecting a baby … and for those celebrating a milestone birthday, like turning 60. 

The endearing creature on our label, a Key Largo woodrat (Neotoma floridana), is sadly endangered.  Fewer than 250 adults are believed left in the wild, on just two parcels of public land on Key Largo.  Captive breeding efforts are underway at Disney's Animal Kingdom and the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, thoug the cpative population numbers less than 50 animals.  This "studio portrait" is part of National Geographic's Photo Ark, created by photographer Joel Sartore, a biblical effort to document 12,000 species before they disappear and to get people to care, even about a little rat, while there's still time.  

Chinese New Year is January 25 and the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade, the biggest in the U.S., will be held February 8.