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https://www.groundhog.org/

“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

 

Joanne baked a Groundhog Day cake with Shadow Feb 2020

 

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.

County Market

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 Waiting to Take Groundhog Fans

School buses lined up to take Groundhog Fans to Gobbler’s Knob

Groundhog BrideOn our way to the buses we saw this Groundhog Bride.  Groundhog Weddings were available but no “walk-ins”

Laura at Gobbler'sKnob

Laura at Gobbler’s Knob

cell phones light Gobbler's Knob

Cell phones light Gobbler’s Knob

Zambelli Fireworks

Thirty minutes of Zambelli Fireworks in the woods was an unexpected delight.

The Beagle Boys

The Beagle Brothers band

The Beagle Boys entertain the crowd

The Beagle Brothers played a few sets and the National Anthem.  Fellow art teacher Kyle on the Bass Fiddle.  Nice job!

Weather Channel Trucks Piles of snow and Television Trucks

Phil Sees His ShadowPhil’s handlers belong to the Inner Circle.

The Inner Circle

Uh oh. He saw his shadow.   SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER!!!

After the PredictionSix more weeks of winter, he predicts.  The crowd let out a collective groan.

Ruth Laura and MAry at Gobbler's Knob

A fellow groundhog fan took our photo on Gobbler’s Knob

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Josh  (dogmatic liveart) painted Groundhog Day right on the spot!

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his palette

Checking their photos

Groundhog fans checking their photos and messages.

Buses at Gobbler's Knob

Headed for the buses at Gobbler’s Knob

Groundhog Hat

Groundhog Fan with Groundhog Hat

Laura Another shot as the light increases in the sky- Laura at Gobbler’s Knob

photographer at Gobbler's Knob

Photographer on Gobbler’s Knob

lawn chair

After the Prognostication

Buses on Gobbler's Knob

Getting on the bus for downtown

Gobbler's Knob Arch

Kids playing on Snowpile

Kids playing on piles of dirty snow

porta potties

Necessary facilities

Groundhog Statue

Groundhog Statues all over town!

Celebration Tent

Celebration Tent

Giant Wood Groundhog

Downtown Punxsutawney

Inner Circle Tom Uberti

Mr. Tom Uberti shook  my hand and welcomed me to Punxsutawney.  AKA Big Windmaker.  He graciously allowed me to “shoot him.”

Happy Groundhog Day

We’re in Gainesville, Florida tonight.

My sister brought a Groundhog postcard of Punxsutawney Phil with her in her bag.

I photographed the card by a friends swimming pool.

Punxsutawney Phil in Gainesville, Florida.

So what will it be? Six more weeks of Winter or an early Spring?

 

 

 

Wigle Whiskey Ceiling Lights

Pittsburgh PA 

Wigle Whiskey Distillery in the Strip District.

Samples of Phil’s Shadow whiskey were tasted.

Photos taken with Phil.

(Becky B #Januarylight Challenge )

Phil-a-Palooza Night with Punxsutawney Phil. World renowned prognosticator. The members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club are sporting the top hats.

Getting ready for Groundhog Day February 2.

Cheers

 

Saturday Night at The Oaks Theater

Saturday night at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont, PA,

Steve and I went to see Groundhog Day (1993).

My friend Vincie said I’d really enjoy seeing it on the big screen and she was right. She told me how wonderful it was when she saw Casablanca in the theater compared to viewing on TV.

We sat in the front row with plenty of leg room and weren’t too close to the screen as there’s the stage between us. There was even a beer tasting happening in the front when we arrived. And a bar and food available, too.  Great audience reaction to seeing the skyline of Pittsburgh in the opening credits.  We had a fun night.

Filmed in Woodstock Illinois, my sister and I visited a few years ago on our way back from Rockford. You can see the house used as the bed and breakfast where Bill Murray stayed in the film  in this post from five years ago.

 

Groundhog Day at The Oaks Theater

Happy Groundhog Day.

My granddaughter Maura has predicted six more weeks of winter prior to Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog.

We’ll know at sunrise if she’s right.

The movie starts at 7:30 PM at The Oaks Theater in Oakmont PA

Laura and Charlie called earlier to wish me a Happy Groundhog Eve.

You might remember my post of Woodstock Illinois where the movie was filmed or the post where Mary Laura and I ventured to Punxsutawney to see Phil at sunrise.

You can see my Groundhog Compendium here
https://rutheh.com/2017/02/01/groundhog-day-compendium/

Punxsutawney Phil Saw His Shadow at Sunrise Today

Punxsutawney Phil, the perennial groundhog, declared he saw his shadow at sunrise, Friday February 2nd. Groundhog Day.

No early Spring for us.

“IF CANDLEMAS DAY IS BRIGHT AND CLEAR,
THERE’LL BE TWO WINTERS IN THE YEAR.”

How often is he accurate? Less than 50% of the time according to this article by Justin Boggs.

Hope he’s inaccurate this year.

I’ve been to see this event twice which might be in your bucket list.  And Last year’s Groundhog Compendium

Groundhog Day Compendium

Through the years on the blog.Happy Groundhog’s Day.

Groundhog’s Day first celebration in Punxsutawney was in 1886.

Snippets from previous Groundhog’s Day Posts. If you want more pics or details, click on underlined links.

Let’s see if there is a clear day with a shadow or an early Spring for 2017.

History of Groundhog’s Day– from Stormfax

“If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There’ll be two winters in the year.”

 

Groundhog Day Filmed in Woodstock Illinois

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Punxsutawney Phil Declares 6 More Weeks of Winter

Shout out to  Kyle Kline on the bass

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And yes  we were there  Me. Laura and my sister Mary

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Groundhog Sports Black and Gold Beads

 

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Flat Ruthie and the Groundhog

 

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Michael on left and Jack on the right with Baby Groundhog (a family puppet)

 

Groundhog’s Eve Sunset

 

Groundhog BrewSkumps Groundhog

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Groundhog Day Movie Capture Pittsburgh SkylineThe Pittsburgh Skyline before all the neon signs on the buildings

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Groundhog Day Filmed in Woodstock Illinois

If you follow the blog, you know that Laura and Mary and I went to Punxsutawney PA February 2nd to see Phil the Groundhog predict six more weeks of winter!

Groundhog Day has always been a favorite holiday in my family.  The celebration breaks up the winter and dreary February days.

It’s a holiday where no cards or gifts are necessary.

Last week on Spring Break, Mary and I took a short (12 mile) side trip to Woodstock Illinois where they filmed the movie Groundhog Day in 1993.

We drove around a bit, walked around the town square  and had a nice coffee (see below). Mary is back in New York City and I am back in Pittsburgh now but wanted to share our quick visit to the scene of Groundhog Day movie, Woodstock, Illinois.

Bed and Breakfast Woodstock IL

 

 

 

the town square

 

 

Town Square

The Opera House served as the Pennsylvania Hotel in the movie

Pennsylvania Hotel

 

 

 

 

Tip Top CafeTip Top Cafe is now  a Mexican Restaurant

 

Groundhog Days are celebrated in February!

Groundhog Days

 

 

 

 

Ned's Corner

Elgin Watches

Signage,

 

Mary found this place  Ethereal Confections

Ethereal Confections

 

 

The most delicious method of making coffee

Delicious Method to Make coffee

Our server came out to the place we were sitting and brought us two samples of delicious chocolates, made on the premises

 

 

Cafe

 

 

chocolate rabbits

 

 

A highlight of our visit to Woodstock Illinois

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Happy Groundhog’s Day as One Blog Leaks into Another

We haven’t really had a winter yet so at dawn, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, it won’t be surprising to hear there’ll be 6 more weeks of winter.  I heard that Punxsutawney schools are closed on February 2nd for Groundhog’s Day.   It’s a great holiday to celebrate.  No gifts.   Thursday night I will serve Groundhog Chicken from the NYTimes, late 1980’s recipe which is browned chicken in orange sauce with ginger, cinnamon, Tabasco and slivered almonds served with CousCous and some garlic green beans. I  own cooky cutters in the shapes of Groundhogs, a large and a small, but did not make time to roll dough and cut out cookies to bake.

If you want to watch the Groundhog News or see the Live Webcast, click HERE  and if I get a chance I will update what the furry prognosticator declares.    UPDATE    at 7:20 AM Phil the Groundhog saw his shadow.  Six more weeks of winter!!

There is such a wonderful Chicago tour written by Chicago John  on the Cardboardmetravels blog that I am not going to bump it off the other blog with today’s groundhog photo. You have read many of his comments on my blog and you may have clicked on his link from the Bartolini Kitchens to read his stories of childhood memory and the preparation of heirloom Italian recipes.

In 1990,  three years before Groudhog Day (Bill Murray movie) hit the theaters and everyone had heard about Phil the Groundhog in Punxsutawney, my sister flew out from NYC to Pittsburgh.  In the middle of a foggy night, we drove to Punxsutawney for the event.  Mary wrote postcards and mailed them so they would have the February 2nd postmark from Punxsutawney.  We had a fun day although it was freezing in the woods and all felt a bit strange. You’ve seen Nativity scenes and Santa in yards at Christmas?  Well, the residents have GROUNDHOGS on their lawns.  Big wooden cutout groundhogs.  We experienced the occasion and I guess it could have been something on a bucket list if we had one. Visit Gobbler’s Knob at least once in your life!

So a single post for Groundhog’s Day and here is my Groundhog Folkmanis Puppet  holding the original Flat Ruthie  in the backyard after school and I will take some license and say he is looking for his shadow? Only problem is the time of day.

Not screaming like Fay Wray did with King Kong

Groundhog Sports Black and Gold Beads

Happy Groundhog’s Day. A friend sent an email of a groundhog finding a Lombardi trophy as a shadow.

You can click here for all the serious information from the official website in Punxsutawney PA.

I hear there are some competitors around the country but Phil lives close by ….   “If Candlemas be fair and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.”       or this poem from Wikipedia “In Scotland the tradition may also derive from an English poem:

As the light grows longer
The cold grows stronger
If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight
If Candlemas be cloud and rain
Winter will be gone and not come again
A farmer should on Candlemas day
Have half his corn and half his hay
On Candlemas day if thorns hang a drop
You can be sure of a good pea crop

not sure about the shadow. Will find out in the morning. Spring or more winter?
One year(1990) my sister and I went to Punxsutawney to see Phil the groundhog. Pre-Groundhog Day movie.