In 1627, the commonly accepted date for the first proto-Meander (hosted by one Hieronymus Enoch Nosegrunt III, Ninth Marquess of Scatterdly, who called it "Ye Most Pekuliar Hyke Through the Nighte of ye Full Moone, to be accompanied Revelrys, Wyne, and Poetiks"), it was not expected that this tradition would ever take root. In fact, Nosegrunt IV, the Tenth Marquess, was widely known for ridiculing his father's event, and after he assumed the throne only one Pekuliar Hyke was held during his entire reign.
It was not until a few stray practitioners of the discredited gathering reached the New World, in the early part of 1710, that the ritual was guaranteed a future. Through a strange coincidence, it was unrelated Nosegrunts who restored the ritual -- Prodigious Nosegrunt and his wife Prosperity Nosegrunt (nee Snorkelbeak, of the Boston Snorkelbeaks) -- by holding the Pekuliar Hykes during the warmer Summer months. The line of these New World Nosegrunts was indeed worthy of their name, and at least four of their thirty-seven children (Increase, Lucre, Accrual, and Cindy-Lou) were known to lead their own Hykes as adults.
Still, at various times, the tradition seemed like it might not go on. In 1917, the gatherings were banned as part of the passage of the 18th Amendment. A few daring individuals known as "Moon Runners" (not to be confused with their fellow criminals, Rum Runners or Moonshiners) carried on during this time. Their irregular pattern of hiking, developed to avoid detection by authorities, is what later led to the ritual being associated with the word "Meander."
Today, after the legalization of the Meander by a special Presidential Order accidentally signed during the Reagan Administration, we are free to Meander as we wish, and often the only thing that threatens the tradition is inaction. So take this opportunity, and join in Saturday!
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|The Meander takes place Monthly, on the Saturday closest (more or less) to
the Full Moon. The Meanderers wander along beaches & trails of the Santa
Monica and Malibu Mountains (and sometimes even the Beaches of Torrance),
where we enjoy the views, breathe the air, partake of simple repast, and
read poetry and, whenever possible, Howl at the Moon.
Please bring selections of your favorite poetry, short literary passages, screenplays, dictionary entries, package labels, songs, billboards, liner notes, or internet humor-memes to read or sing. Original work is encouraged!
Other things you might consider bringing: friends, musical instruments, a bottle of wine or snack to share, the latest joke, a good story, a thesaurus of archaisms, limericks about parrots, a manual of Trivia, your imagination ...
Also please bring an emergency light (normally, we only use artificial light when reading), a sweater or jacket, some water, and comfortable walking shoes.
(Dates in parenthesis are the actual full Moon)
Mar 3 (Mar 3) Crow Moon Meander
Mar 31 (Apr 2): Grass Moon Meander
Jun 30 (Jun 30): Thunder Moon Meander
Aug 25 (Aug 28): Scorpion Moon Meander
Sep 29 (Sep 26): Harvest Moon Meander
Oct 27 (Oct 25): Hunter's Moon Meander
We meet at 7:00PM at the Quagg where we can form carpools to the
We leave from the Quagg to the trail at 8:00PM sharp. Don't get left behind!
The Meier Quagg is located at 3745 Meier Street in Mar Vista.
It's one and a half blocks north of Venice Blvd, 1 block east of Beethoven, and somewhat west of Wade and Centinela.
Better directions are available online at: Google Maps.