MERIDEN — Despite the chilly fall night, over a dozen people gathered at Castle Craig last week to watch the full moon ascend above the city.
“People love it,” said Kathy Matula, the city’s recreation coordinator.
The Hunter’s Moon, or the Blood Moon, rose above the horizon just before 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.
“There’s a lot of reminiscing that goes on, I hear the best stories,” Matula said of the special night viewing.
Lori Bentley, a lifelong city resident, said the last time she was at a similar event at Castle Craig was for the Leonid meteor shower several years ago.
“They had all the lights off and it was amazing,” she said. “Amazingly beautiful.”
Fellow city resident David Carino said the 3 a.m., meteor shower Bentley saw was too early for him, but he was excited to see the Hunter’s Moon.
“We follow the full moons all the time," he said.
The Hunter’s Moon is especially impressive because of its red or orange glow.
October’s full moon viewing was the last of the year at the castle.
Matula said after daylight savings time in November it is too dark to travel up the mountain from Hubbard Park in the evenings. The road up to the castle is not lit.
During the summer and fall viewings, the castle is open until 9 p.m., and 10 p.m.
“It’s so peaceful up here,” Matula said of the experience. “It’s just a really beautiful place to spend the evening.”
Matula joined Carino, Bentley and others at the castle wall to watch the sun set just as the moon began to rise. Phones and cameras began snapping away as the moon slowly made its way above the city.
People were still making their way up to the castle to catch a glimpse of the moon after it was high in the sky.
Matula said the next castle viewing will likely be in the spring.
More information can be found by calling 203-630-4259
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