Full Moon Bonfire – Monday, January 21 – Boardwalk 1

Full Moon Bonfire
Monday, January 21, 2019
Sunset – 5:43 pm
Moonrise – 6:28 pm
High Tide (Rockville): – 8:31 pm
~ Full Wolf Moon ~

The January Full Wolf Moon is actually at 12:17am on January 21. Therefore, even though the eclipse is late Sunday night (after a bonfire would have to be out), we will celebrate with our bonfire on Monday. After a rainout in November and a busy December, we are ready to resume a nice bonfire on the beach with friends and neighbors. We will start the bonfire near sunset and will go on until at least 9:00. The bonfire will be between Boardwalk 1 and 2.  We will start the bonfire near sunset and will go on until at least 9:00. The bonfire will be between Boardwalk 1 and 2. People ask if bonfire will be held if it’s cold or rainy….if the weather is so cold (i.e. below 40) or rain is threatening, the bonfire will be cancelled as no one would be comfortable attending.

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:

Tuesday, February 19
Thursday, March 21 (scheduled a day after full moon to avoid conflict with SINHG)
Saturday, April 20 (scheduled a day after full moon to avoid conflict with Good Friday)

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):

January’s Full Wolf Moon: Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the howling of wolves could be heard in the cold winter nights outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full moon, the Full Wolf Moon. Because wolves often hunt at night, their howling has become associated with nightfall and particularly, the moon. However the centuries-old notion of wolves howling at the full moon is known to be more folklore than fact. Because January’s full moon was usually the first full moon after Christmas, some cultures referred to it as the Moon After Yule. Others have sometimes referred to January’s full moon as the Full Snow Moon, but most Native American tribes applied that name to the next full 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 Cold Moon and the English Medieval name was also Wolf Moon.

Another web site (https://www.space.com/16830- full-moon-calendar.html) says the Chinese call it Holiday Moon.

-Submitted by Judy Morr