Mention the Full Moon and you may receive many different reactions. Some believe the moon brings out the crazy in people- hence the term “lunatic” and “lunacy”. Of course this belief probably is most likely what gave rise to the legend of werewolves, and other creatures of the night. Cue: “I see a bad moon rising…” But while the moon does have it’s sinister side in many stories and legends, another side is that it has been traditionally honored and worshiped for the good things each cycle can bring to those who pay homage to it.
Since ancient times, many different cultures have given names and meanings to the full moon throughout the year. In mythology and numerous ancient religions of different parts of the world, the moon has been worshiped as a deity or associated with particular gods and goddesses. To many, including the North American Native American tribes, the phases of the moon had a direct relationship with the growth and decline of plant, animal, and human life. The Native American tribes kept track of the harvest seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. The names of the full moons created by Algonquin tribes of North America became the most well known. Even European settlers adopted this Native American tradition of naming the full moons and invented some variations of their own. The full moon cycles of the spring, summer, and fall were especially celebrated, because these months were the harvest or the best hunting or fishing months, when the earth provided the tribes with its bounty and sustenance.
Here at The Steer we would like to bring back the tradition of honoring each monthly cycle of the moon by hosting monthly Full Moon Parties- starting with the upcoming Full Strawberry Moon appearing on June 2, 2015. This is the name of June’s Full Moon. It is named of course for the sweet strawberries, which reach their peak at this time of the year. The Strawberry Moon is one of the few full moon names that is universal to the Algonquin Tribes, although in Europe is it commonly referred to as the Rose Moon since strawberries are not native over there. (Could it be the Rosé Moon in France? If so I want to get in on that.) This year June’s full moon coincides with the Grand Opening of our Roof Top Patio- Coincidence? We don’t think so. For our first Full Moon Party we will feature the live music from Steve Balesteri (check him out at www.stevebalesteri.com ) Also, Soft Shell Crabs are in season and will be a featured menu item as an appetizer and a Po' Boy Sandwich, as well as Strawberry Dessert Nachos, Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza, Curried Lobster Mushroom Pasta, and a Strawberry Blue Salad- just to name a few. Signature cocktails will include a Strawberry Mint Margarita, and a Blue Moon Strawberry Shandy. Patio opens at 4pm, DJ Trivia at 8pm, and music starts at 10pm. Even dress to honor the Full Moon and win a prize. So let’s get together and honor the full moon with great friends, food, music, and some lunar lunacy of our own!
Check out our Full Moon Party Invitation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/351469261727986/
And we will keep you posted on the Full Moon Parties to come….