After Mother Nature played havoc with our bonfire in February, we are ready to resume a nice bonfire on the beach with friends and neighbors. The bonfire is a day after the Full Moon to avoid conflict with SINGH program. We will start the bonfire near sunset and will need to be off the beach by 10:00. 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 canceled 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:
Saturday, April 20 (scheduled a day after the moon to avoid conflict with Good Friday)
Saturday, May 18
Monday, June 17
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:
March – Full Worm Moon – As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
It will also be a so-called “supermoon,” which means the moon is at its closest point in its orbit to Earth. It’s the third of three supermoons to occur in 2019 (January, February, March).
Per Old Farmers Almanac (https://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-names):
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 Windy Moon and the English Medieval name was Chaste Moon.
Another web site (https://www.space.com/16830-full-moon-calendar.html) says the Chinese call it Sleepy Moon.
-Submitted by Judy Morr
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