November Full Moon Bonfire Monday November 14 Near Boardwalk 1

Full Moon Bonfire
Monday November 14, 2016
Sunset – 5:19 pm
Moonrise – 5:53 pm
High Tide (Rockville): – 7:54 pm
~ Full Beaver Moon ~

A record crowd enjoyed our October Full Moon Bonfire which included a gorgeous moon rise out of the ocean. We celebrated the departure of our “friend” Matthew and the on-going clean-up of our beautiful island. Let’s do it again on November 14, once again near Boardwalk 1.

To keep things simple, each person brings what you want: food, drinks, chairs and a stick of firewood for a big bonfire. Nothing will be provided but a beautiful beach, a bonfire and, hopefully, a full moon. As a reminder, bring aged firewood as the remains from Matthew are not yet ready to burn even though we’d all like to reduce our piles.

Put these dates for the Full Moon Bonfires on your calendar:

Wednesday, December 14 (rescheduled from December 13 due to conflicts)
Friday, January 13 (rescheduled from January 12 due to conflicts)
Friday, February 10

There’s always plenty of room on the beach for everyone, so invite a friend or bring your house guests.

Other Lunar / Full moon fun facts:

According to the Farmers Almanac, the Full Moon on November 14, 2016 will appear as the largest and brightest moon in the sky since 1948! Specifically, November’s Full Moon is a “Perigee” Moon—when the moon reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth. This is popularly called a “Supermoon.” In addition, this Perigee Moon will also be nearer to Earth than it’s been since January 26, 1948.

While the moon won’t technically be getting any bigger, it will appear up to 14% larger than when it is at its farthest point. Furthermore, the full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016 but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century. It won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034. Besides appearing large and bright in the sky, this extra-close Perigee Moon will also have a more dramatic effect on the tides.

The one downside is that such a bright full moon will largely wipe out the year’s famous Geminid Meteor Showers five to tenfold. With the moonlight competing with the meteor showers, we’ll be lucky to see a dozen per hour.

How the Full Moon got its name (per Farmers Almanac)

November – Full Beaver Moon: For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full Moon was also called the Frost Moon. says this full moon is also called the Frosty Moon.

I found another web site ( This site says the Cherokee Indians called it the Trading Moon, and the English Medieval name was Snow Moon.

-Submitted by Judy Morr

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