Kids love special celebrations for any reason or for no reason at all. This weekend’s blue moon offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate.
A blue moon isn’t necessarily blue and this one won’t be. Blue moon is used as a folk term for the third of four full moon in one season or the second full moon in a month.
Friday, August 31, will mark the second full moon in the month of August. According to Earth & Sky, there are 235 full moons every 19 years, but only 228 calendar months.
Therefore, there are seven blue moons every 19 years, making it a somewhat rare event. The next blue moon will occur on July 31, 2015. See the web link above for more information about blue moons.
Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana late in the evening on August 28, the eve of the seven year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking New Orleans with a fury.
Although Hurricane Isaac has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it has still done considerable damage in Louisiana and may bring rain to to much of the southeastern U.S. by the weekend. Our local forecast doesn’t call for rain but you never know.
Rain or not, a blue moon is a great reason for a party. So, gather up your party things and celebrate the blue moon with your family this weekend. Here are 10 ways to enjoy the blue moon.
Go to the beach. There’s nothing quite like a moonlit stroll on the beach. If you visit a less congested beach, bring along flashlights to look for crabs as you walk.
Maybe you don’t want to go quite so far from home. High Bridge Trail State Park will host “Once in a Blue Moon” on Friday night. The event features a walk across High Bridge in full moonlight. There will also be fiddle and bluegrass music. Bring your own water and come out to High Bridge Trail State Park from 8-11 p.m. Visit the website for more details or call the office at (434) 315-0457.
Use a telescope to see the moon’s features. You can buy a telescope at WalMart, Givens Books, Target, Toys ‘R Us and other retail locations without spending a fortune. Set it up on your deck or in your back yard.
Go to a home football game and enjoy the moon from the bleachers as you cheer on the home team. Heritage is on a bye week and E.C. Glass will host Halifax at City Stadium at 7 p.m. Also, Brookville High School will be at home this weekend against Turner Ashby.
Have a blue moon party. Hang blue balloons and streamers, ask each family to bring their favorite blue food and enjoy the company of family and friends. Maybe you can even download “Blue Moon” on your iPod to play in the background.
Eat blue ice cream or frozen yogurt or enjoy a blue snow cone. Sundae Grill offers Superman ice cream, which is very blue. Bahama Sno-Shack offers several blue flavors. You can find blackberry or another blue flavor at one of the frozen yogurt stores or in the ice cream section at Kroger. Check out Lynchburg’s options for sweet summer treats at the link following this article.
Sit on your back deck to see the blue moon. Even without a telescope, you can enjoy the blue moon overhead. If your deck is high enough up, you can take some funny photos of your kids holding their hands up toward the moon, making it look like they are holding the moon.
Go to a restaurant that offers outdoor dining. From the patio of the restaurant, you can watch the blue moon as you eat a late dinner.
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Date night is a great way to see the blue moon. If you have young kids whose bedtime is too early to see the blue moon, maybe they can stay up a little later than normal to catch a glimpse. Then it’s just you and your partner so see if you can find a sitter or talk to grandma about coming over for a couple of hours and go out on the town.
Watch the blue moon on the computer indoors. If it rains or is cloudy, you may not be able to see the blue moon in Lynchburg. You may live somewhere without a good view of the night sky. But the blue moon will be visible somewhere else so go online and find it. If you have more than one computer, have a contest to see who can find the best blue moon images online.
There’s never a bad reason for a celebration when you have kids. Kids love parties and celebrating so why not celebrate one of nature’s wonders this weekend with your family.