Native American drumming at Sunday’s full moon climb


The Crooked River Lighthouse will host a Full Moon Lighthouse Climb and Sacred Drum Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Carrabelle.

Visitors can enjoy this opportunity to see the natural surroundings of the St. George Sound and Carrabelle Beach under the glow of the rising full Harvest Moon, also known as the Corn Moon, so named because it is the full moon nearest the start of fall, or the autumnal equinox, and it marked when corn and other crops were harvested.

 Paul Eagleheart from the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas will be conducting a sacred Native American drum ceremony during the event in honor of the full moon. Eagleheart has done many ceremonies for causes, including protection of sacred sites. He will begin the ceremony with a prayer song and will explain several Native American traditions.

The lighthouse also will be hosting an informal drumming circle during this event. Anyone that has a drum is welcome to bring it and join in.

Guests can also enjoy the fire pit (weather permitting). Bring a chair and enjoy the evening. The museum and gift shop will be open for browsing and shopping.

 The climb to the top of the tallest Forgotten Coast lighthouse rewards bold climbers with breathtaking views of the bay. Cost is $8 for adults and $3 for kids. All climbers must be at least 44 inches tall. Due to the popularity of the Full Moon Climbs, advance reservations are required for those who wish to climb the lighthouse tower during this event. Call 850-697-2732.

 A limited number of climbers (max of seven) are allowed at one time; there will be a time limit for viewing from the top.  Guests who would like a more leisurely climbing experience are welcome to enjoy one of the daytime climbs available every Wednesday through Sunday. Masks are welcome but not required. 

 Crooked River Lighthouse is in Carrabelle, just west of the Carrabelle Public Beach Park at 1975 Hwy 98 West.

For more information, contact the Museum and Gift Shop at 850-697-2732, or Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.


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