Full Moon Bonfire – Thursday, June 24

Full Moon Bonfire
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Sunset – 8:31 pm
Moonrise – 8:51 pm
High Tide – 9:00 pm
Full Strawberry Moon

It’s been a long 15 months since we were last able to enjoy a full moon 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 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.  

People ask if the bonfire will be held if it’s rainy…. the bonfire will be cancelled if it is raining or rain is threatening as few would be comfortable attending.

The summer solstice was Sunday June 20 so the days are long and our Loggerhead turtles are busy nesting. The fire needs to be out no later than 10.  This means our time together may be shorter than we wish but there will still be plenty of time to enjoy our beautiful beach and the companionship of our friends and neighbors.

EarthSky reports that this month’s is a Supermoon.  A supermoon is a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee, the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly elliptical orbit.  Full supermoons don’t look bigger to the eye than ordinary full moons, although experienced observers say they can detect a difference.  But supermoons do look brighter than ordinary full moons! 

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

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

  • Friday, July 23
  • Sunday, August 22
  • Monday, September 20

How the Full Moon got its name:

  • Per Old Farmers Almanac, the June full moon is the Strawberry Moon. This name has been used by Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, among others, to mark the ripening of “June-bearing” strawberries that are ready to be gathered. The Haida term Berries Ripen Moon reflects this as well. As flowers bloom and early fruit ripens, June is a time of great abundance for many.  This site also provides alternate names. Blooming Moon (Anishinaabe) is indicative of the flowering season, while Green Corn Moon (Cherokee) and Hoer Moon (Western Abenaki) suggest that it’s time to tend to young crops.  Other names highlight that this is a time of new life: The Tlingit have used the term Birth Moon, referring to the time when certain animals are born in their region (the Pacific Northwest). Egg Laying Moon and Hatching Moon are Cree terms that also hint at a time of many animal babies.  Alternative European names for this Moon include the Honey Moon and the Mead Moon. June was traditionally the month of marriages, and is even named after the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno. Following marriage comes the “honeymoon,” which may be tied to this alternative Moon name!
  • Hubpages.com says the Cherokee Indians called it the Green Corn Moon and the English Medieval name was the Dyan Moon.  
  • Space.com adds that the Chinese call it Lotus Moon. 

June Moon Folklore:

  • A growing Moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry.
  • Days following both the New and Full Moons are most likely to be rainy or stormy.
  • Crabbing, shrimping, and clamming are best when the Moon is full. 

-Submitted by Judy Morr

(Image credit: Scotsman.com)