On Sunday, Crossroads at Big Creek will hold a special event to take in the full moon. The event is inspired by a book written by Frances Hamerstrom. Between 7-9:30 PM patrons will be able to head over to Crossroads at Big Creek and follow a candle-lit trail to watch the moon come up. Crossroads at Big Creek Director Coggin Heeringa even added that if the moon is visible members of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will do demonstrations about the moon. This would include projecting what is seen through the telescope on a computer and onto an outdoor screen. One bonus Heeringa mentions is that the socially distanced event takes place at the beginning of Spring Break for some, so people will be able to enjoy the night longer. Crossroads didn’t have to go far for the candles that will light up their walking path. They had extra from a candlelight ski for the Fire and Ice Festival, which was cancelled due to weather.
Heeringa does have a contingency plan in place in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. The backup date is Monday, March 29, when the moon is projected to be 98% illuminated, or a gibbous moon. The event would start at 8:30 in the evening to accommodate for the moon coming up an hour later
According to Heeringa, candelight walks are always fun. Other than the opportunity to show off Crossroads in a different light, which Heeringa assures has different sounds and sights than in the daytime, they hope to open up people’s curiosity about astronomy.
To keep up with cancellations, people can check out the Crossroads website.