When the lunar cycle brings the return of a full moon, people use it as an excuse to place blame for all their woes. Clients and customers seem unusually surly? It must be the full moon. Kids have you huddled in the bathroom for yet another mommy timeout from their constant bickering? Yep. Must be the full moon. Songs extol its ominous positioning in the universe with “Bad Moon Rising” and sing of its romantic powers with “Moondance.” Nations have raced to be the first to reach her and those first steps on the moon have been forever immortalized by Neil Armstrong when he said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
According to Scott O. Lilienfeld and Hal Arkowitz as noted in Scientific American, several anomalies may appear during a full moon cycle. For starters, you’ve heard the “myth” that there is an increase in the number of births during a full moon? Turns out that is real! Supermoons are specifically the trigger for pregnant women to advance to labor sooner than later in some cases. Feeling particularly brazen? Well, you’re not alone. There is an uptick in crime rates surrounding a full moon, blamed on the extra night lighting bringing people out. And, since nothing good ever comes from being out after midnight, debauchery and chaos can ensue.
So, what will you be doing for this coming full moon which occurs this month on July 27? If you’re not pregnant or generally stay away from criminal wrongdoings, don’t worry, there are plenty of activities planned in the immediate area to help you get your full moon mania started. And If you think about it, who wouldn’t want to spend a few extra hours in our magical natural wonderland we live in? The nighttime world as illuminated by a full moon is an especially exciting environment to be in. Surround yourself with people you enjoy and make plans to participate in one of these full moon experiences we have lined up for you. Happy Mooning!
Full Moon Ghost Tour at Historic Spanish Point, July 27 at 8:30 P.M., 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey
Call out the spirits as you explore the stomping grounds for those who have lived along the banks of Sarasota Bay long before you and I called this place home. Historians will discuss the significance of the buildings and prehistoric burial grounds as you peruse the beauty of this local treasure. If you enjoy this one, be sure to check out their Halloween events including a Victorian Funeral. Tickets for the Moon Ghost Tour are $20.00 per person. For more information, please visit Historic Spanish Point.
Full Moon Walk, July 27 8:30 to 9:30 P.M., Red Bug Slough Preserve 5200 Beneva Road
This free event allows you the opportunity to explore the preserve accompanied by a Sarasota County Environmental Specialist who will guide you through some of the customs, myths and superstitions of the moon. Bring a flashlight, insect repellant and curiosity for this fun event. Anyone ages 12 and up is invited. For more information please visit their website.
Full Moon Cruise with LeBarge, July 27 from 7:00 to 9:30 P.M., Departs from Marina Jack Complex
This nighttime cruise is for ages 21 and up so grab your friends and plan for a great night out on the water. Moonlight and music will be on the agenda with Memphis Rub Band providing live entertainment. Cost is $30 per person and reservations can be made at LeBarge Tropical Cruises.
Moonlight Kayak Tour, Happy Paddler Kayak Tours, July 27, Departs 7:30 P.M. Anna Maria Island
Enjoy the moonlight as it dances over the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Departures happen in three locations depending on wind and currents, along the north and south ends of Anna Maria Island and at Longboat Key. Cost is $55 for adults and $45 for children 12 and under. There is a maximum of 10 paddlers so make your reservations early for this one. For more information, please visit Happy Paddler.
Photos courtesy of Full Moon Facebook page.