Full Moon Bonfire Thursday, February 17

Mother Nature didn’t cooperate in December and January for our Full Moon Bonfire. Hopefully the weather will be better this month. Note, if it is raining or threatening rain, we will have to cancel again. Being an optimist, below is the information for February’s bonfire.

Full Moon Bonfire
Thursday, February 17, 2022

Sunset – 6:05 pm
Moonrise – 7:11 pm
High Tide – 8:44 pm
Full Snow Moon

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. The bonfire will be between Boardwalks 1 and 2. 

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 relative early 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: 

Friday, March 18
Saturday, April 16 (Easter weekend)
Monday, May 16 (We will be out of town. A bonfire host is needed for the event to occur)

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):

February: Full Snow Moon-Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this month’s moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

Other names are: 
• Bald Eagle Moon
• Bear Moon
• Black Bear Moon
• Month of the Bony Moon
• Eagle Moon
• Groundhog Moon
• Hungry Moon
• Raccoon 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 Bony Moon and the English Medieval name was the Storm Moon.  

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

-Submitted by Judy Morr