Full Moon Bonfire Monday, Sep 26

Full Moon Bonfire
Monday, September 24, 2018
Sunset  7:13 pm
Moonrise  7:23 pm
High Tide (Rockville): 8:50 pm
~ Full Corn Moon ~

Let’s celebrate our escape from Florence with a beautiful bonfire on the beach with friends and neighbors. It will also be the first full moon of the fall when a bonfire starts to feel good. The bonfire will be between Boardwalks 1 and 2.

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:

Wednesday, October 24
Friday, November 23 (yes, it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving)
Saturday, December 22 (let me know if you are willing to host this month’s bonfire)

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  The Old Farmers Almanac:

September: Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon – This full moon name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

I found another website which says the Cherokee Indians called it the Nut Moon and the English Medieval name was Barley Moon. Another website says the Chinese call it Chrysanthemum Moon.

-Submitted by Judy Morr