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“IF CANDLEMAS DAY IS BRIGHT AND CLEAR,
THERE’LL BE TWO WINTERS IN THE YEAR.”
Groundhog Day Traditions casts a shadow back to Medieval Europe –
Candian Press article
My sister photographed a groundhog puppet I gave her
Groundhog Day Movie was filmedin Woodstock Illinois in 1993
Here is the Link to blog post of Mary’s and my visit to Woodstock in 2014
and here is a reblog of our February 2014 PUNXSUTAWNEY ADVENTURE
PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL DECLARES 6 MORE WEEKS OF WINTER
Groundhog’s Day 2014-
We were there to see Phil the Groundhog rousted out of his slumber, and taken out from his cozy stump to see his shadow amidst the brotherhood of the Inner Circle of Gobbler’s Knob. The men were all dressed in top hats and formal attire.
Twenty four years ago (before the 1993 movie) my sister Mary and I drove in the middle of a foggy night to see the groundhog. I can tell you that it was a much different this trip. Last time we just parked on the side of the road and walked up the hill to Gobbler’s Knob. The whole event was well orchestrated and incredibly efficient, especially with the number of people coming to town. Lots of dedicated people making a concerted effort to insure everyone’s safe and happy experience! Everyone pleasant and a festive atmosphere. We had fun and were really glad it was rain rain and more rain instead of ice and snow snow snow!
Laura thought she’d like to go last year since it was on a weekend but it was super cold and I had an photography show opening that weekend and it didn’t work out. “Next year”, I said. “Next year.” Laura wanted to cross it off her Bucket List.
Mary came out from NYC on the train Thursday night and Laura drove in Saturday morning from Columbus OH.
We went to bed at 8:30 PM Saturday night and got up at 2:40 AM.
Pulled out of the driveway around 3:20AM and drove the 74 miles to Punxsutawney PA. Not to0 much traffic but when we got there the Wal-Mart parking lot was already filled up. We were able to find a spot behind the County Market in Groundhog Plaza and walked two blocks to a McDonald’s where we got $5 round trip tickets for the bus to Gobbler’s Knob.
Just like Shuey had told us (he went last year in the bitter cold, driving his MOTORCYCLE from Niceville, Florida) it was “easy peasy.” The crowd was estimated at 30,000 and yes, it rained on us the entire time but the temp was about 37 so no ice, no snow and none of us felt cold or miserable. I’d wrapped the camera in a couple of plastic bags and rubber bands on the end of the lens. At one point we were asked to all pull out our cell phones an light the place like a concert with a lighter. A fellow art teacher plays the bass fiddle in a band The Beagle Brothers and they played a few sets starting at 3AM. Oh, the Star Spangled Banner, too.
We stopped in at County Market to buy a couple of magnets and use their nice restroom. The clerk had been there since the night before at 10:30 and her shift ended at 6AM.
School buses lined up to take Groundhog Fans to Gobbler’s Knob
On our way to the buses we saw this Groundhog Bride. Groundhog Weddings were available but no “walk-ins”
Laura at Gobbler’s Knob
Cell phones light Gobbler’s Knob
Thirty minutes of Zambelli Fireworks in the woods was an unexpected delight.
The Beagle Brothers band
The Beagle Brothers played a few sets and the National Anthem. Fellow art teacher Kyle on the Bass Fiddle. Nice job!
Piles of snow and Television Trucks
Phil’s handlers belong to the Inner Circle.
Uh oh. He saw his shadow. SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER!!!
Six more weeks of winter, he predicts. The crowd let out a collective groan.
A fellow groundhog fan took our photo on Gobbler’s Knob
Josh (dogmatic liveart) painted Groundhog Day right on the spot!
Groundhog fans checking their photos and messages.
Headed for the buses at Gobbler’s Knob
Groundhog Fan with Groundhog Hat
Another shot as the light increases in the sky- Laura at Gobbler’s Knob
Photographer on Gobbler’s Knob
After the Prognostication
Getting on the bus for downtown
Kids playing on piles of dirty snow
Groundhog Statues all over town!
Mr. Tom Uberti shook my hand and welcomed me to Punxsutawney. AKA Big Windmaker. He graciously allowed me to “shoot him.”
On my bucket list, too! My dad loved this day back in the late 50’s and 1960’s before most people ever heard of it. As a small child, he loved to wake me with the news of Phil. Thanks for the happy memories.
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enjoyed this post giving us a feel for the event so well, Ruth!
the live art that was done and the palette 🎨 shit!
the upped umbrella and the leftover drink containers along and around the chair –
all added so much
And we could sure feel the cold
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What a great celebration, loved all of the photos.
Oh no! Not 6 more weeks of winter! Ugh!
Wow, this really is a big deal. Thanks for sharing all these images. They gave me a much better picture of the importance of this celebration.
All virtual this year of course. Thanks for looking Audrey.
Hello Ruth – I enjoyed the first-hand narrative and photos of this fun event. Yvette Prior sent me this link. Here in Southeast Michigan we have Woody the Woodchuck and our official prognosticator is a girl and is fairly accurate. She also predicted six more weeks of Winter, just like Pugsatawney Phil did this morning.
Hi Linda. Thanks for looking and writing and telling me about Woody! Glad Yvette shared the post with you. Spring always comes eventually. 😉
You’re welcome Ruth. I was going to send the link but knew my comment would likely go to “pending” … I did not want to end up in your SPAM. Woody the Woodchuck has a lot of fanfare here and it was a similarly subdued event this year at the Howell Nature Center. Our groundhogs expertise on February 2nd help to break up the monotony of Winter. 🙂
It has been in the negative temperatures here for the past week – so looks like Phil is making good on his word.
No early Spring here either.