After eating our fill of turkey on Thursday and shopping until we drop on Friday it should be a perfect time for a beautiful bonfire on the beach with friends and neighbors. We will start the bonfire before sunset but if you are going to the Tree Lighting festivities, join us on the beach after as the bonfire will go on until at least 9:00. The bonfire will be between Boardwalk 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:
Saturday, December 22 (This will be cancelled unless someone lets me know they are willing to host)
Monday, January 21
Tuesday, February 19
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 – 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. Traditionally, if the Beaver Moon is the last Full Moon before the winter solstice, it is also called the Mourning 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.
Another web site (https://www.space.com/16830-full-moon-calendar.html) says the Chinese call it White Moon
-Submitted by Judy Morr