Full Moon Bonfire Wednesday, October 24

Full Moon Bonfire, Boardwalk 1
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Sunset – 6:37 pm
Moonrise – 7:02 pm
High Tide (Rockville): – 8:55 pm
~ Full Hunter Moon ~

A little chill in the air is forecasted so it should be a perfect time for a beautiful bonfire on the beach with friends and neighbors. 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:

Friday, November 23 (Yes, it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving!)
Saturday, December 22 (This will be canceled unless someone lets me know they are willing to host.)
Monday, January 21

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

How the Full Moon got its name

Per The Old Farmer’s Almanac:

October: Full Hunter’s Moon – Most of our monthly Moon names come from Native American and early American folklore. However, the Full Hunter’s Moon is one of two moons that is a longstanding astronomical term. Specifically, the Hunter’s Moon is always the first full moon after the Harvest Moon (which is the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox). The Hunter’s Moon rises right around sunset—and sets around sunrise. It’s the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. Because the Hunter’s Moon rises around sunset near the horizon, it may appear bigger and more orange than your typical Moon. However, this is just the “Moon Illusion.”

Some Native American tribes also referred to October’s moon as the Full Hunter’s Moon because it was time to go hunting in preparation for winter. Other tribes called it the “Travel Moon” and the “Dying Grass Moon.”

I found another website. This site also says the Cherokee Indians called it the Harvest Moon and the English Medieval name was Blood Moon. Another website says the Chinese call it Kindly Moon.

-Submitted by Judy Morr

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