Full Moon Bonfire Monday, September 20

Monday, September 20, 2021
Sunset – 7:19 pm
Moonrise – 7:33 pm
High Tide – 8:55 pm
Full Harvest Moon

Mother Nature didn’t cooperate for last month’s Full Moon.  Hopefully this month will be better for 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.

By terms of the permit, the fire needs to be out no later than 10:00 pm.  The earlier sunset means there will still be plenty of time to enjoy our beautiful beach and the companionship of our friends and neighbors.

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

Wednesday, October 20
Friday, November 19
Sunday, December 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):

SEPTEMBER – CORN MOON: Corn was ready to harvest at this time. In the 1760s, Captain Jonathan Carver came across this Native American term during his travels. Similarly, the Western Abenaki called this the Corn Maker Moon, and the Dakota, the Corn Harvest Moon.

Harvest Moon refers to the full Moon closest to the September equinox. 

Alternative names are:
• Moon When Rice is Laid Up to Dry (Dakota) refers to the time of harvesting and processing rice.
• Autumn Moon (Cree) 
• Falling Leaves Moon (Ojibwe) 
• Leaves Turning Moon (Anishinaabe) 
• Moon of Brown Leaves (Lakota) and
• Yellow Leaf Moon (Assiniboine) all speak to the leaf-changing season. 
• Child Moon (Tlingit) occurs when young animals are weaned.
• Mating Moon and Rutting Moon are Cree terms that describe the time when certain animals, such as moose, are ready to mate.

Here is another interesting website (http://newsclipper.hubpages.com/hub/The-Moon-Facts-Trivia-and-Folklore)  This site also says the Cherokee Indians called it the Nut Moon and the English Medieval name was the Barley Moon.  

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

-Submitted by Judy Morr

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