November’s Full Moon Bonfire is the Full Beaver Moon and is set for Sunday, November 5, 2017.
Sunset – 5:25 pm
Moonrise – 8:04 pm
High Tide (Rockville): – 9:01 pm
Yes, the bonfire will be a day after the full moon but was adjusted to allow attendance to the Charleston Symphony Orchestra event on November 4. It will also be the day we adjust our clocks back to Eastern Standard Time. In the United Kingdom, Guy Fawkes Night is annually held on November 5. It is sometimes known as Bonfire Night and marks the anniversary of the discovery of a plot organized by Catholic conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. So maybe we’ll pretend we are in the UK that night as well and celebrate Guy Fawkes Night.
The October bonfire was another great time with friends and neighbors sharing a nice fire with the moon appearing through the clouds over the ocean. 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 November, we’ll meet again near the beach end of Boardwalk 1. The boardwalk will still be under construction so join us via the vehicle access or Boardwalk 2.
To keep things simple, each person brings what they 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, December 3
Tuesday, January 2 (Change of bonfire date to avoid conflict with college bowl games)
Wednesday, January 31
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):
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.
From Farmers Almanac (https://www.farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names/):
Full Beaver Moon – November This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.
I found another web site (http://newsclipper.hubpages.com/hub/The-Moon-Facts-Trivia-and-Folklore) This site also says the Cherokee Indians called it the Trading Moon and the English Medieval name was Snow Moon.
-Submitted by Judy Morr