Full Moon Bonfire Tuesday, Nov 8

Full Moon Bonfire
Tuesday, November 8
Location: On the beach between BW 1 and 2
Sunset – 5:23 pm
Moonrise – 5:34 pm
High Tide – 8:09 pm
Full Beaver Moon

The end of Daylight Saving Time means an earlier sunset. The evenings are cooler, perfect for a great time with family and friends on the beach with a bonfire.

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. We can be home in time for election results.

There is a lunar eclipse on November 8. Unfortunately, it is at 5:59 am (I’ll still be in bed) so we won’t be able to enjoy it at our bonfire. For you early birds, the International Space Station will also have a visible fly-by that morning at 5:26 am.

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

  • Thursday, December 8, 2022 (scheduled the day after the actual full moon so moonrise is after sunset)
  • Saturday, January 7, 2023 (again rescheduled for day after actual full moon so moonrise is after sunset)
  • Monday, February 6, 2023 (again rescheduled for day after actual full moon so moonrise is after sunset)

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, November is Full Beaver Moon. This was the time when beavers finished preparations for winter and retreated into their lodges.

Other names:  
• Deer Rutting Moon
• Digging/Scratching Moon
• Freezing Moon
• Frost Moon
• Whitefish Moon

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

Another website, space.com, says the Chinese call it White Moon.

-Submitted by Judy Morr

(Image credit:  Universe Today)