Full Moon Bonfire Saturday, January 7

All are invited to the Full Moon Bonfire.

Date:       Saturday, January 7, 2023
Location: On the beach between Boardwalks 1 and 2

Sunset – 5:29 pm
Moonrise – 6:06 pm
High Tide – 8:40 pm
Full Wolf Moon

The actual full moon is Friday at 6:09 pm but to allow us to hopefully see the moon rise out of the ocean, we have scheduled the bonfire celebration on the beach for Saturday, January 7. The forecast is for the evening to be cool enough to enjoy the fire but not truly a cold evening, 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 cancelled if it is raining or rain is threatening as few would be comfortable attending. The bonfire will also be canceled if the temperature is forecast to be below 40 degrees.

By terms of the permit, the fire needs to be out no later than 10. The earlier sunset gives us plenty of time to enjoy the evening.  

There are no International Space Station Flyovers, meteor showers or other events in the night sky that I could find for this evening. Jupiter, Mars and Saturn should all be visible.

Mark these dates on your calendar for upcoming Full Moon Bonfires: 

  • Monday, February 6 (again rescheduled for the day after actual full moon so moon rise is after sun set)
  • Tuesday, March 7
  • Thursday, April 6.

There’s always plenty of room on the beach for everyone, so invite a friend or bring your house guests. 

How the Full Wolf Moon Got Its Name 

Per the Old Farmers Almanac, January is the month of the Full Wolf Moon. The howling of wolves was often heard at this time of year. Many sources state that wolves howled due to hunger. Rather, wolves use howls to define territory, locate pack members, reinforce social bonds, and gather for hunting. Some other full moon names for this month include:

• Canada Goose Moon
• Center Moon
• Cold Moon
• Freeze Up Moon
• Frost Exploding Moon
• Great Moon
• Greetings Moon
• Hard Moon
• Severe Moon
• Spirit 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 Cold Moon and the English Medieval name was the Wolf Moon.  

-Submitted by Judy Morr