Once in a Blue Moon

Friday July 31st was one of those evenings that come along once in a blue moon. Yes it was a blue moon (please forgive the bad pun) but it was also a perfect summer evening, where all the pieces fell into place just right.  The Champagne toast to the rise of the blue moon was promoted in our listing of annual Inn activities and clearly people read the publication; as the sun set and the rise of the full moon approached, fifty or more guests gathered on the back lawn to watch for a first glimpse of the blue moon. 
 
A blue moon isn't really blue and in fact there is nothing really different about it relative to your run-of-the-mill full moon.  Instead, it is a lunar hicup in the Gregorian calendar, a skipped step allowing the lunar cycle to get back in stride with the months of the year.  Perhaps a bit more detail is in order.  The lunar cycle (full moon to full moon) is a little over 29 days, meaning we typically get one full moon per month.  However, most months have 30 or 31 days, so over the span of a year we wind up with the moon and the calendar being about 11 days out of sync.  As this pattern continues we eventually wind up with two full moon occurring within the same month, and hence, a blue moon.  
 
Such was the case on the 31st, and since we have spectacular moonrises from our deck and back yard we thought that it seemed like a good excuse to pop a few bottles of bubbly and have a little yard party.  Well the night couldn't have turned out better, what with balmy temperatures, a deep blue sky and a spectacular moonrise - right on time.  The first glimpse was from high on the yard, a pink crescent peaking through the trees that soon morphed into an orange disk behind the scrub pines on the barrier beach.  As the radiant orb rose into the night, corks popped, cameras snapped, people oohed and fond memories were made.  Indeed, an evening that comes along once in a blue moon.
Photo By Elise Torello
Photo By Elise Torello