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Quapaw Canoe Company

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December 19, 20, 21 Full Moon Floats

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In Celebration

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of the Yule/Winter Solstice


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“Frosty Beaver Moon”

Memphis: Sunday Dec 19th, 1pm - 7pm

Itinerary:

1pm Meet at Mud Island River Park (Secure Parking) Shuttle to Shelby Forest State Park

2pm Load Canoe & Paddle downstream

4pm Supper on sandbar

5pm Sunset & Moonrise

6pmPaddle into Memphis by the light of the moon

7pm Back to your vehicle at Mud Island River Park

What to Bring:

Think “sleigh ride” -- Dress for a cold ride in the winter air (of course instead of Santa’s sleigh we’ll be riding Papa Noelle’s Big Canoe in the Big River!)

Wear warm boots or waterproof shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Dress in layers, long johns, fleece, wind protection, sweater, jacket, gloves, hat, scarf, ear muffs. Bring a blanket to lay over your legs in the canoe. Pack a thermos with a hot beverage. Bring a dish for a potluck. Quapaw will provide enamel plates, bowl, cups & utensils. We’ll build a fire during supper and heat water to refill thermoses. Wetsuits & neoprene booties available for rent with advance reservation.

What Quapaw will provide: Shuttle, big canoe, paddles, lifejackets, all emergency gear, camp tables, eating utensils, running lights, VHF radio.

Description: Chickasaw Bluffs into Memphis. Meet at 1pm at Mud Island River Park. Shuttle to Meeman Shelby Forest State Park. Paddle into sunset. Supper on sandbar. Moonrise. Paddle into Memphis by the light of the moon. Spectacular backdrop of the Pyramid & downtown Memphis, and the "M" Bridge, with the rising full moon behind. $75 each w/Potluck Supper (bring your own dish). Price includes shuttle, outfitting & guiding. Call 662-902-7841 for details & reservations or write john@island63.com. No better way to say goodbye to the shortest day of the year -- with a roaring driftwood fire, good company and the Frosty Beaver Moon rising over the biggest river in North America!

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“Frosty Beaver Moon”

Helena -- Monday Dec 20th, 1pm - 7pm

Itinerary:

1pm Quapaw Canoe Company -- Helena

(411 Ohio Street in downtown Helena)

Shuttle to the Mouth of the St. Francis River

2pm Load Canoe & Paddle downstream

4pm Supper on Buck Island sandbar

5pm Sunset & Moonrise

6pmPaddle into Helena by the light of the moon

7pm Back to your vehicle at Quapaw Helena

What to Bring:

Think “sleigh ride” -- Dress for a cold ride in the winter air (of course instead of Santa’s sleigh we’ll be riding Papa Noelle’s Big Canoe in the Big River!)

Wear warm boots or waterproof shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Dress in layers, long johns, fleece, wind protection, sweater, jacket, gloves, hat, scarf, ear muffs. Bring a blanket to lay over your legs in the canoe. Pack a thermos with a hot beverage. Bring a dish for a potluck. Quapaw will provide enamel plates, bowl, cups & utensils. We’ll build a fire during supper and heat water to refill thermoses. Wetsuits & neoprene booties available for rent with advance reservation.

What Quapaw will provide: Shuttle, big canoe, paddles, lifejackets, all emergency gear, camp tables, eating utensils, running lights, VHF radio.

Description: Crowley's Ridge into Helena. Meet at 1pm at Quapaw Canoe Company Helena Outpost 411 Ohio in downtown Helena Arkansas. Shuttle to the mouth of the St. Francis River. Paddle into sunset. Supper on Buck Island sandbar. Moonrise. Paddle back into Helena by the light of the moon. Spectacular backdrop of Crowley's Ridge, the Helena Bridge & downtown Helena with the rising full moon behind. $75 each w/Potluck Supper (bring your own dish). Price includes shuttle, outfitting & guiding. Call 662-902-7841 for details & reservations or write john@island63.com. No better way to say goodbye to the shortest day of the year -- with a roaring driftwood fire, good company and the Frosty Beaver Moon rising over the face of the biggest river in North America!

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“Frosty Beaver Moon”

Clarksdale -- Tues Dec 21st, 1pm - 7pm


Itinerary:

1pm Quapaw Canoe Company

(291 Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale)

Shuttle to Friars Point

2pm Load Canoe & Paddle downstream

4pm Supper Stop on Island 62 sandbar

5pm Sunset & Moonrise

6pm Paddle into Quapaw Landing by the light of the moon

7pm Back to your vehicle at Quapaw Clarksdale

What to Bring:

Think “sleigh ride” -- Dress for a cold ride in the winter air (of course instead of Santa’s sleigh we’ll be riding Papa Noelle’s Big Canoe in the Big River!)

Wear warm boots or waterproof shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Dress in layers, long johns, fleece, wind protection, sweater, jacket, gloves, hat, scarf, ear muffs. Bring a blanket to lay over your legs in the canoe. Pack a thermos with a hot beverage. Bring a dish for a potluck. Quapaw will provide enamel plates, bowl, cups & utensils. We’ll build a fire during supper and heat water to refill thermoses. Wetsuits & neoprene booties available for rent with advance reservation.

What Quapaw will provide: Shuttle, big canoe, paddles, lifejackets, all emergency gear, camp tables, eating utensils, running lights, VHF radio.

Description: Friars Point to Quapaw. Meet at 1pm at Quapaw Canoe Company at 3rd & Sunflower (291 Sunflower) in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi. Shuttle to Montezuma Landing above Friars Point. Paddle into sunset. Supper on Island 62 sandbar. Moonrise. Paddle back in behind Island 63 by the light of the moon. Spectacular backdrop of the big islands, the big sandbars, the big tugboats plowing through the big channels -- with the rising full moon behind. $65 each w/Potluck Supper (bring your own dish). Price includes shuttle, outfitting & guiding. Call 662-902-7841 for details & reservations or write john@island63.com. In celebration of the Winter Solstice/Yule. No better way to say goodbye to the shortest day of the year -- with a driftwood fire, good company and the rising Frosty Beaver Moon!

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Wednesday Dec 22nd

Y'all Come:

Christmas Party & Open House!!

Party 4-7pm at new Quapaw Canoe Company headquarters in downtown Clarksdale. How are we going to celebrate the Winter Solstice/Yule? Total Lunar Eclipse? Frosty Beaver Moon? With Live Blues Music, Artwork, Wine & Cheese. Also a Slide show and Live screening of MIGHTY QUAPAW (Barefoot Films Documentary) and MISTER & MISSIS SIPPI (the German Raft Trip 2009 St. Louis to New Orleans). We hope you will join us and help us celebrate another successful year on the Mississippi River with a Winter Solstice/Yule Christmas Party 4-7pm at Quapaw Canoe Company headquarters in downtown Clarksdale. Street Level 289 Sunflower (new store front location at 3rd & Sunflower). Call 662-902-7841 for details & reservations or write john@island63.com. Ceramics by Mara Califf, Oils by John Fewkes, and Watercolors by Drfitwood Johnnie.


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Note: The Frost Moon, or Beaver Moon (we adopted both and now call them "Frosty Beaver Moon!") is traditionally the full moon following Hunter’s Moon, which always follows Harvest Moon, which is the closest full moon to Autumnal Equinox. Due to global warming in the south we are doing most harvesting in October, and the best hunting doesn’t come until November. And the beaver hasn’t gotten frosty whiskers until now -- with the cold of December. And so we’ve backed up the sequence of moons this year to correspond to regional conditions prevailing in the Mid South. I've always heard that you should create the names for the Full Moon that has meaning to you and where you are. What do you think?