Full Moon Bonfire – Friday, March 18

The sky cleared and we had a brief view of the moon for our February Full Moon Bonfire. Hopefully the weather will cooperate again this month.

Full Moon Bonfire

Friday, March 18, 2022

Sunset – 7:28 pm

Moonrise – 8:03 pm

High Tide – 9:19 pm

Full Worm 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.  

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 pm. The later sunset means no longer a conflict with dinner hour but we still have plenty of time to enjoy the evening.

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: 

  • Saturday, April 16 (Easter weekend)
  • Monday, May 16 (We may be out of town. Someone volunteered to host last month but I failed to get an email address. Please email if you can help)
  • Tuesday, June 14


How the Full Moon got its name 

Per Old Farmers Almanac (https://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-names):

March: Full Worm Moon – Traditionally thought to be named after the earthworms of warming spring soil. Alternatively, in the late 1700s, Jonathan Carver wrote that this Moon actually refers to a different sort of “worm”—larvae—which emerge from the bark of trees and other winter hideouts around this time.

Other names are: 

  • Crow Comes Back Moon
  • Eagle Moon
  • Goose Moon
  • Snow Crust Moon
  • Sore Eye Moon
  • Sugar Moon
  • Wind Strong Moon

I found another website (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 the Chaste Moon.  

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

-Submitted by Judy Morr