Full Moon Bonfire Oct 5 at Boardwalk 1

Full Moon Bonfire
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Sunset – 6:58 pm
Moonrise – 7:19 pm
High Tide (Rockville): – 8:51 pm
~ Full Hunters Moon ~

The September bonfire was another great time with friends and neighbors sharing a nice fire with the moon appearing through the clouds over the ocean. People used the bonfire to escape preparations for Irma and now we will celebrate our recovery. Come join your friends and neighbors for an enjoyable evening on the beach with a warm fire and hopefully another beautiful moon rise out of the ocean. For October, we’ll meet again near the beach end of 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.

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

Sunday, November 5 (Change of bonfire date due to conflict on November 4 with Kiawah Island Arts Council event)
Sunday, December 3
Monday, January 1 (We may want to change our bonfire date..stay tuned for final date)

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

How the Full Moon got its name

Per Old Farmers Almanac (https://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-names):
October – Full Hunter’s Moon – This is the month when the leaves are falling and the game is fattened. Now is the time for hunting and laying in a store of provisions for the long winter ahead. October’s Moon is also known as the Travel Moon and the Dying Moon. This year October’s full moon is also the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the Moon that falls nearest the autumnal equinox; this full Moon provides the most light at the time when it’s needed most—to complete the harvest!

From Farmers Almanac (https://www.farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names/):
Full Hunter’s Moon or Full Harvest Moon – October This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

I found another website that also says the Cherokee Indians called it the Harvest Moon and the English Medieval name was Blood Moon.

-Submitted by Judy Morr

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