Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Self-Guided Patch Tour and Full Moon Party & Luau

Good afternoon, Growers!

The giant pumpkin growing event of the summer is fast approaching!

Date/Hours: Saturday, August 16, 2008 Self-Guided Patch Tour Hours: 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.Full Moon Party: 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. (Moonrise: 8:16 p.m.)

Price: None to see the patches, potluck contribution to attend the Full Moon Party & Luau. Wear your leis and bring your ukuleles!

RSVP: Call Stuart Shim, (949) 683-5932, and, there will be a potluck contribution for all attendees: a desert, an entree', a salad, soft drinks/beverages, cutlery, plates.

Patches on the tour:

(You will provide your own transportation to these patches.)

1) Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, CA 92831, please follow the signs, The Fullerton Arboretum has a large patch this season.

2) Blue Hills Nursery, 16440 East Whittier Boulevard, Whittier, CA 90603,

3) Michelle Lofthouse’s Patch, Monrovia-Address disclosed once RSVP is received. Michelle has graciously offered to host the Full Moon Party, at her home/patch in Monrovia, CA.

From the Farmer's Almanac:

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. Here is the Farmers Almanac's name for August 16th's Full Moon:

• Full Sturgeon Moon - August The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze.

Since there are relatively few sturgeon in California, our tribe can refer to next month's moon as the Full Red Moon...