Full moon fire jam

What an amazing experience we had Sunday night.  For one of our last days of summer break, we went to the city.

My friend Melody told me about a great free event that a professional fire-spinning (or as they call it, “kinetic fire performance”) group hosts each month on the full moon called the Full Moon Fire Jam. It was at close to Foster beach on the North side of the Windy City.

We arrived there early and it was a very windy day, so when we decided to go to the lakefront, we were greeted with great waves.  It was fun and educational to watch.  Oldest daughter M noticed that the weather warning included a riptide notice and she asked what it meant.  It’s one thing to TELL a person the definition, and something totally else to be able to show it.


The waves crashed along the breakfront and we sometimes got wet with the spray.  Me and the girls, M, K and E.


When it was time to go, we walked through the soccer fields and watched the soccer players playing.

I think this is Max, but don’t quote me on that, with E watching him with interest.  He was one of the first drummers to show up, showing the girls his drums.  He let the girls have a go on the bongos.  He was telling him that if they really wanted to learn, it was quite easy to do.


A few early bird volunteer drummers came before the show started and they played for us.  There were two didgeridoo players and we were very fortunate to be seated really close to the music action.  There’s Mr. RSG and the girls sitting on a sleeping blanket.  That area got jam packed as people, including Melody and her family who shared our little spot, arrived to partake in the full moon festivities.


Mr. RSG captured some really great shots for me because he was sitting in front of me.


You can see the full moon peeking out above the trees and streetlamp.  Mr. RSG said…”dreadlocks, drums, didgeridoos, dancing and doobies…that pretty much sums up the show outside the fire spinners’ main event”.


This was one of the best pictures of fire that actually showed the person and the fire really well.


Lots more people and drummers came out.  The music was tribal and beautiful and wild.  By the end of the night more than a few people were up and dancing.  Even I was too.


Fabulous fire breathing tricks.  We were close enough to feel the warmth emanating from those blasts.


Amazing fire spinning.


Someone named Wishymom1 uploaded this neat video of last night’s show to Youtube.

What else can I say…for me, a sensory seeking HSP, it was a beautiful, sensory-stimulating night and an amazing experience.  The girls had a total blast and didn’t complain at all…though they did say it smelled a little weird, LOL.


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8 Responses to Full moon fire jam

  1. Melody says:

    So glad you came out! We need to get the kids together again in an environment where they can actually interact.

  2. raisingsmartgirls says:

    Melody. I’m so glad you invited us!

    Yes, most definitely gotta get the kids together some place they can interact. It was difficult for them to actually meet each other.

    Hey, I have to send you the photo of you and me and our dds to you. It turned out so sweet.

  3. Phil says:

    Those are terrific photos, especially the night shots with the fire. Well done! Thanks for sharing!

  4. raisingsmartgirls says:

    Yeah, Mr. RSG is better with night shots than I am.

    Did you get a peek at the Youtube video? I added it a moment or so ago to the post.

    • Phil says:

      I just looked at it now. Who knew you would love fire baton twirling? Not sure you’d want to try this at home though… 🙂

  5. raisingsmartgirls says:

    Apparently, it (poi performance art) originated with the Maori people of New Zealand. In 1946, the first fire poi was used in Hawaii.

    So, in a way, this is kind of neat to see performance art with a bit of history behind it.

    And actually, it does seem like it’s kind of fun. I MIGHT try it at home….lol

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