Full Moon Bonfire Sunday, Oct 9

Full Moon Bonfire
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Location: On the beach between BW 1 and 2
Sunset – 6:53 pm
Moonrise – 7:02 pm
High Tide – 8:50 pm
Full Hunters Moon

The evenings are cooler, perfect for a great time for a fire on the beach with family and friends.

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 canceled 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 gives us plenty of time to enjoy the evening.

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

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022
  • Thursday, December 8, 2022 (scheduled the day after the actual full moon so moon rise is after sunset)
  • Friday, January 6, 2023

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 Farmer’s Almanac, October is Full Hunter’s Moon. This is the month when the game is fattened up for winter. Now is the time for hunting and laying in a store of provisions for the long months ahead. October could also be the Harvest Moon as that is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. This year, September was the Harvest Moon.

Other names:
• Drying Rice Moon
• Falling Leaves Moon
• Freezing Moon
• Ice Moon
• Migrating Moon

I found another website – The Moon Facts Trivia and Folklore. This site also says the Cherokee Indians called it the Harvest Moon and the English Medieval name was the Blood Moon.

Another website – space.com says the Chinese call it Kindly Moon. I couldn’t find a meaning for the term, so I like to think it’s a good time of year to be kind to each other.

-Submitted by Judy Morr

(Image credit:  Universe Today)