MOH4 Reflection #4 Hunter’s Moon

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 at 20:00

Thunder Bay Beach

Hare: Messiah

Full Hunter’s Moon or Full Harvest Moon – October This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.


MOH4 Reflection #3 Harvest Moon, Supermoon & Total Lunar Eclipse

Sunday, 27 September 2015 at 19:30

Hare: Messiah

Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon – September This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

MOH4 Reflection #2 Sturgeon Moon Rundez-Vous Champlain 2015

Saturday August 29, 2015

Hares: Messiah, Zeke, Professor Dude
Location: 7:30 pre-Reflection ramble at Penetanguishene Kitchikewana statue, (Across from the BEER STORE). Located at the foot of Main Street near the Penetanguishene Town Dock Parking lot.
8pm sharp walk begins

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. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

Penetanguishene, home of the Attignawantan (“Bear Nation”) of the Huron confederacy prior to their dispersal in 1649 by the Iroquois, was quiet this particular late August evening. At the base of Main Street, across from the Beer Store, Moon Over Huronia Hash House Harriers gathered beneath the Statue of the great Kitchikewana offering up thanks and praise, reflecting among each other and saluting the full moon, as sacrifices of sudsy yellow nectar landed at his feet. Thus began our Second Reflection entitled, “RUNDEZ-VOUS CHAMPLAIN 2015” as the Pack of Moon Over Huronia Hash House Harriers set off out into the sunset, on down the commemorative trail, and on on!

Disillusioned, Fata Morgana and the Senator Stinkfoot took the lead, and like the Tin Man and the Scarecrow, this heartless, brainless couple began skipping on down the red brick road.

Puss’n Boots’n Dowser’n dogs followed along. Seems they were made custodians of their neighbours’ rescue dog, Reba for the week, so now Marlee has a friend to walk with, bark at and a new butt to sniff. Dogs are always welcome in this Pack.

Messiah, having only half a mind, couldn’t remember the name of Champlain’s tool? He and Fata Morgana struggled for names and words to describe it, as they stood beneath the twenty-foot replica statue now firmly ensconced on Penetanguishene’s waterfront trail. All Messiah could remember was that his Father, Whitey, had written notably about it, in his book, Midland On Georgian Bay. Just Rob laughed, saying there was going to be Hell to pay, next time Messiah runs into his Father. Dowser quickly defused the escalating discussion by confirming that Champlain’s trusted instrument was in fact an Astrolabe; used to make astronomical measurements, typically of the altitudes of celestial bodies, and in navigation for calculating latitude. In order not to forget again, Messiah quickly christened Just Rob, Astrolabe, (well at least until something better comes along). Where’s Bypass when you need him?

The Pack continued snifting along the waterfront trail, until it came to a statue of Sir John Graves Simcoe, Ontario’s first Lieutenant Governor. If you look through his statue’s telescope, you can see a ship sailing into Penetanguishene Bay. Simcoe will forever go down in infamy in these parts, for his pet names. Well, perhaps better stated, the names of his wife’s pets. Now being Harriers, we find nothing wrong with dogs or stupid dog names for that matter. As you can see from Marlee and Reba’s attendance on this Second Reflection, we even include them; but naming Townships after dogs ends up sounding utterly ridiculous! Tiny, Tay and Flossy were Elizabeth Simcoe’s three Scottish terriers. Tiny of course, ends up being the largest of the townships, Floss originally dropped the “y” before dropping the preposterous moniker altogether and changing their name to Springwater. On second thought, perhaps an early Hash House Harrier was behind the naming? Hmmm things that keeps one up at night…

Here the Pack turned onto the main trail, er tiled concourse which led to the waterfront’s edge and viewing platform. It was discussed that this pathway too was a modern sculpture, an ode to Highway #400 for getting us to and from the Big Smoke so quickly! (dependant on time of day, of course). Oh those subversive artists!

The pathway was lined with empty sculpture stands, square, white boxes eagerly awaiting their long, overdue sculpture installation. Astrolabe and Messiah hopped up on them and struck some Harrier poses. Then fearing local superstition that they may potentially be turned to stone, jumped down and continued on on with the Reflection…

Next up, along the shore was a large over-sized orange canoe. It was made out of metal and symbolized Champlain’s landing on the beachhead of the Penetanguishene Peninsula. In fact, it was four hundred years to the night that some native zipped in and out from this exact spot. It was a bustling landing Port after all, and was safe to say that every night, four hundred years ago, canoes came and went from this exact spot. But we’ll usurp the moment to add some profundity to our own story.

Then there it was. La pièce de résistance! The Great Meeting sculpture, of a Native Elder greeting Samuel de Champlain at the shores of Penetanguishene Bay! This great sculpture of peaceful first connection was highlighted with pink, orange, and purple as the setting sun illuminated Fata Morgana and the clouds overhead.

On the way out, Senator Stinkfoot led the Pack back down the empty tile-way, now resembling the 400 on a Monday night in the Winter. Further on down the trail, the Pack came across what appeared to be a back check?

Other than the pink dot in the middle of a “circle with an ‘x’ marked through it”, the chalk drawing appeared well, to very much resemble a back check, (that’s a circle with an “x” through it, for those of you who can’t visualize). Surrounding the back check-looking chalk drawn graffiti were totem sculptures representing the Five Nations of the Huron Confederacy, Penetanguishene being the bear.

While Dowser mimed jujitsu moves outside of the Circle, Senator Stinkfoot, Fata Morgana and Astrolabe stepped into the Huron Confederacy Circle, to check out the Deer Tribe, amongst others. Like the ducks shaking their money-makers at Discovery Harbour, the Harrier Pack waddled along the waterfront, by the pirate ship playground, past the skateboard park, then turned just before the abandoned, toxically condemned, campground, went over Robert Street West and up the yet-to-be-developed road allowance. The Pack continued south, straight to the top of the hill, emerging somewhere behind Le Caron. Le Caron is an all French high school named after the feisty Recollet (Franciscan) priest, who jumped at the opportunity Champlain presented to visit Huronia and ultimately presided over what would become Ontario’s first Catholic mass. (I’d like to thank Midland’s own Dr. Andrew Nicholls for his very engaging book, A Fleeting Empire ~ Early Stuart Britain and the Merchant Adventures to Canada, which really puts this seminal Canadian period into perspective!)

Our Reflection continued with the Pack pouring out onto Poyntz Street, (taken from Etienne Brule’s nickname ~ do to seemingly always having an erection), so across Poyntz Street and then on down the Owen Street hill, ultimately careening through a few alleys until emerging for the Post Reflection On On at Ian Hackstetter’s historic home (the corner of Robert Street E and Maria Street). Latecomers Just Ralph and Professor Dude arrived just as the On On commenced. They asked about Ian Hackstetter’s whereabouts, but soon forgot as libations were served. Without Bigfoot present to hold the Silvery Moon song in key, the Pack went straight for the sudsy yellow nectar tasting. Having started the Pre-Reflection On On through toasting with local beer, Georgian Bay Beers Legend’s of the Bay series, the Pack continued to Think Globally & Drink Locally as they lit into the offerings of Barrie’s Flying Monkeys craft brew. Their brilliant target-marketing has their beer cases depicting Hash House Harriers running along yelling, “On On!” which seems to have penetrated Messiah’s half mind and voila, a customer is born.

Puss’n Boots kicked off the Flying Monkeys tasting test by cracking open a bottle of Hoptical Illusion, while Dowser opted for the more stayed Genius of Suburbia. Smashbomb Atomic IPA was a favourite of Professor Dude and the Senator, Fata Morgana given his penchant for optical phenomena, surprisingly went from visually appealing Hoptical Illusion to a subtler, less jazzily named, Amber Ale. Noticing the tie-dye pattern on the back of its label, Professor Dude decided to give Hoptical Illusion another try. Astrolabe enjoyed the light, spaciousness of the Anti-Gravity Ale, but what’s in a name?

Speaking of names, the Moon Over Huronia Hash House Harriers Pack pondered over several for Just Ralph… Ralph, hmmm ralph as a verb perhaps? To Ralph or not to ralph, hopefully that isn’t the question.. Something has got to come up?! Technicolour Yawn, Spew, Hurl, Cookie Toss, Upchuck, Barf they all sounded so, so sick. Projectile Emesis, Praying to the Porcelain God and Talking on the White Telephone didn’t quite capture his essence. So given the celebratory evening, Samuel de Champain-in-the-Ass it is! (or at least until something better comes along, of course).

With the post full moon On On finished up, the Pack piled out into Ian Hackstetter’s back yard to observe the Sturgeon Moon rise up over Penetanguishene and reflect upon how great life is and being thankful for it. As the Pack began to disburse, Hackstetter was driving home down his street. Seeing this motley crew spewing out of his driveway, he drove around the block slowly, allowing for stragglers to make their way out, before he safely returned to his now empty home. Thus ends RUNDEZ-VOUS CHAMPLAIN 2015, the Moon Over Huronia Hash House Harriers’ Second Reflection.

Our Third Reflection will begin 7:30pm Sunday Sept. 27 in Thunder Beach. Messiah, Zeke & Professor Dude are Hares.
Messiah – Hash Scribe


MOH4 Reflection #1 Once in a Blue Moon

The Full Buck Moon – July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.

Friday July 31, 2015

Hares: Messiah, Professor Dude & Zeke
D’Erections: Follow Yonge st. west out of Midland; it turns into the Balm Beach road. Follow until you reach 239 Balm Beach road W. (if you hit the water, you’ve gone too far)


Once in a Blue Moon there comes a new Harrier Club/Kennel


Once in a Blue Moon there comes a new Harrier Club/Kennel

We’ve all heard the expression, “It only happens once in a Blue Moon!” meaning, once in a very, very long time, or some event that is extremely rare. This coming Friday we will witness a Blue Moon, which by astronomical terms is a lunar event that occurs when two full moons appear in the same calendar month, (approx every 32 months), the second Full Moon is referred to as the Blue Moon. So what better night to begin a new Hash House Harriers club/kennel that runs, (and walks) every full moon, than this Friday?

This new club/kennel will be called Moon Over Huronia Hash House Harriers (MOH4), incorporating both what we’re doing and where we came from, (our Mother Pack, the Huronia Hash House Harriers~H4). For the inaugural Reflection (run&walk), please meet at the Roasted Cherry Café at 329 Balm Beach road W. around 7:30pm. We’ll get organized and the first Reflections (run & walk) will commence at 8pm sharp.

Everyone is welcome! We will return to the Roasted Cherry Café approximately 45 minutes later for the On-On (snacks and cold drinks)! Come on on out and join us!

MOH4 is a group of (former) cross-country runners and others, who enjoy getting out, running or walking, then enjoying liquid refreshments and reflecting amongst friends, the night of the Full Moon.


MOH4 will run once a month ideally on the night of the full moon. The run typically starts with most Hashers arriving a bit early (6pm Potluck Dinner {BYOB}, or 7:30pm Meet & Greet at the run venue. The Hare often provides a few nibblies to enjoy with the runners and walkers, as well pre run beverages while they prepare for the run ahead. The Grand Master will then call the Pack to order some time just before 8:00 PM with a welcome and then some brief D’structions on how (s)he would like the run to be conducted. Ideally there will be two “runs”, one for the walkers and one for the runners! The trail is set by the unique Hares?WonderPointers, (or FRB’s ~ Front Running Bastards), one of which is given to each Pack. Under the uncanny guidance of the Hare/WonderPointer the runners and walkers will wend their way through the local area until they are guided back to the On-On; where the quenching of their thirsts and hunger is intermingled with some serious socialising (and boisterous singing)!

Later on the Grand Master will again assemble the Pack to review the run/walk, celebrate birthdays, weddings and other transgressions. Like in many Hash House Harrier Clubs/Kennels, the Grand Master has been known to reward the disobedience or insolence of his members by giving them the opportunity to cool their nether regions on some ice while they reflect on their deeds or words. Usually this form of discipline is meted out sparingly unless the Grand Master is a tyrant or megalomaniac (which, unfortunately occurs frequently).

After the run and the Circle it is traditional for the members to salute the full moon by reflecting back some of its brilliance. If their are enough members present, a 21 bum salute may occur, which is a sight in itself.


On special occaisions or whenever we remember, the Full Moon anthem “By the Light – Reflected off the Full Moon” may also be sung with gusto. For those of us who have poor memories, below are the words to the song that you can print out to aid your rendition.

By the Light, Reflected off the Full Moon

(Tune: By the light of the silvery moon)

By the light… reflected off the Full Moon

I want to run…where the Wonder Pointer in…di…cates

Have a spin… we’ll find the On Home soon

And don’t forget, take some time to reflect

With the Hash that’s Unreal… Hashing with Full Moon


By the ice… that’s where we stand at Full Moon

I want to drink… with Full Mooners and sing out of tune.

Beaudy mate! … keep the bucket nice and cool

That ice-cold beer is bloody good gear

We’ll be guzzlin’ ‘em soon… pissed again at Full Moon.



The ‘Original Full Moon Hash’ run was set in San Diego on 17 October 1987, founded by a deranged and sleepless San Diego hasher named John ‘Mr. Spock’ Martin. The idea quickly caught on, spreading round the world, and we soon saw the ‘First UK Full Moon Hash’ run on 10 March 1990, founded by another deranged San Diego Hasher, ‘Ring Piece’ Pooley, who was running with the Essex Hash, east of London. The ‘disease’ quickly affected Malaysia with the first run of the ‘Kuala Lumpur Full Moon Hash’ on 11 September 1992, founded by Chuck ‘Titanic’ Pollock, yet another deranged San Diego Hasher who had run with the Essex and First UK Full Moon Hashes.

What You Need to Bring

We welcome all and there is a nominal fee of $10 to cover snacks and beer.

Bring your running shoes, a Harrier t-shirt (or other Harrier related clothing) and a great attitude!

Beer will be provided for any charges that may be brought against miscreants.


By attending our monthly outings, you undertake not to hold the organizers, any affiliated individuals or the managers and owners of properties you traverse, responsible for any injuries, or mishaps whatsoever, and accept full responsibility for all your own actions.

If you choose to run or walk with us, you must agree and accept that the MOH4 Mismanagement Officers, the Hare(s) duly appointed by the Officers, and the owners of the land and property where the run will take place, will take all reasonable measures to ensure the safety and well being of the Hashers/participants, but accept no liability for any injury, damage or loss, however these may occur. You will also not hold the Mismanagement Officers, its members or any affiliated person(s) responsible for any accident, loss, damages or injury sustained by yourself before, during or after the run/walk.


Putting the fun back in dysfunctional

Receding Hareline Date Hare Location

MOH4 Reflection #1 July 31st Full Blue Moon Messiah 329 Balm Beach rd

MOH4 Reflection #2 Aug 29th Full Harvest Moon

MOH4 Reflection #3 Oct 27th Full Hunter’s Moon

MOH4 Reflection #4 Nov 25th Full Beaver Moon

MOH4 Reflection #5 Dec 25th Full Cold Moon

Blue Moons

Happen about seven times in 19 years, or about once every 2.5 years.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first reference to a blue moon comes from a proverb recorded in 1528:

If they say the moon is blue, we must believe that it is true.”

Emeritus Language Professor Roly Sussex says, “At that stage it was referring to the moon being mystical, but they had observed already that you only get two moons in a month once every two years or so.” He continues, saying, “it was given a second life in the 19th Century when people began using the phrase ’til a blue moon’. That usually meant never rather than extremely seldom. This was one way of saying that it’s a rare event.”

Bonus Facts:

  • Blue moons by the Almanac definition will always occur between the 20th and 23rd in February, May, August, or November, roughly a month before a solstice or equinox.
  • By the Pruett definition, New Year’s Eve will fall on a blue moon in 2028, coinciding with a total lunar eclipse. The last New Year’s Eve blue moon happened in 2009.
  • In 1999, there were two full moons in both January and March, but no full moon at all in February.
  • Speaking of blue moons, have you heard of the lavender sun? This phenomenon, where the sun looks to be lavender or blue in colour, is also caused by clouds of ash scattering certain wavelengths of light, similar to a blue moon.
  • The dark side of the moon” often refers to the side of the moon that can’t be seen from Earth. The opposite side receives the same amount of sunlight, but it’s true that we can only see one side from Earth. Tidal forces on Earth have slowed the moon’s orbit, making the same side face us due to “tidal locking.” The “dark side” (or more accurately, “far side”) is different to the moon we see, with far more craters visible on the surface. There hasn’t been any ground exploration of the far side, but it has been suggested that a radio telescope be placed there because there wouldn’t be any radio interference from Earth.
  • Other moon phrases include “over the moon” (delighted), “to moon over” (thinking about someone), and “shoot for the moon” (to be very ambitious).

If you have half a mind to join the Hash… that’s all it takes!

Come and join in on the fun!

On On,