Full Moon Bonfire Friday, January 10

Full Wolf Moon
Friday, January 10, 2020
Between Boardwalk 1 and 2
Sunset – 5:32 pm
Moonrise – 5:34 pm
High Tide – 9:23 pm

After two rainy full moons, the forecast is good for a bonfire on the beach with friends and neighbors. We will start the bonfire near sunset and it will need to be out by 10:00. The bonfire will be between Boardwalk 1 and 2.

To keep things simple, each person brings what they 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. Please note, all that debris from Dorian is not yet ready for the bonfire so bring aged wood instead.

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.

Put these dates for the Full Moon Bonfires on your calendar:

  • Sunday, February 9
  • Monday, March 9
  • Tuesday, April 7

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:

January: Full Wolf Moon – Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

I found another website This site also says the Cherokee Indians called it the Cold Moon and the English Medieval name was also the Wolf Moon.

Another website says the Chinese call it Holiday Moon.

-Submitted by Judy Morr

(Photo credit: Old Farmer’s Almanac)