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Join BRWA for a Full Strawberry Moon Paddle

May 31, 2017 07:00AM, Published by Pamela Johnson, Categories: Sports, Life+Leisure, Today, Community




On Friday, June 9, the Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) will host “A Full Strawberry Moon Paddle.” This is an evening paddle to watch the moon rise. Registration will take place at 8:30PM and canoes will be in the water and participants will begin at 9:00PM, darkness will occur at 9:45PM. The moon will rise above the horizon at 8:19PM.

The June full moon is called the Strawberry Moon and got its name because the Algonquin tribes knew it as the season when strawberries are at their peak and ready for picking. The moon is close to the horizon then and it takes on a reddish tint. It is also known as the Full Rose Moon, the Honey Moon or the Hot Moon.

The event will take place at the Blackstone Gorge, the end of County Street, Blackstone, MA. It is part of the Blackstone River and Canal State Park operated by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. We will paddle up the Blackstone River as the moon rises behind us and the return the same as way as we face the red Strawberry Moon.
This event will be limited to 20 canoes/kayaks and is open to all from beginner to expert paddlers. However, because this paddle takes place in darkness, participants should have some paddling ability.

The cost is $10/person for non-members and $5/person for BRWA members. The cost includes insurance and chocolate covered strawberries to celebrate the Strawberry Moon and the upcoming Solstice. Canoes will be available for use for an additional fee of $10.
To register view the Blackstone River Watershed Association website http://thebrwa.org/fullmoonpaddle.  If you need more information, email maggie.plasse@thebrwa.org or call 508-278-5200.

The Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) was established in 1976 and has since played an instrumental role in cleaning up what was described as an “industrial river” in the 19th and 20th centuries. Although still threatened by industrial and increasingly residential pollution sources, the health of the Blackstone's river system continues to improve. The BRWA’s mission is to engage, educate and advocate for improved water quality in the Blackstone River watershed.  (article contributed by BRWA)


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