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The Travel Well- Groundhog Day

February 2, 2016

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In this weekly dispatch, as the title says, it is about Groundhog Day and some of the randomness about this holiday.

 

 

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By the time many of you read this, The Prognosticator of Prognosticators, Punxsutawney Phil, will have made his appear at sunrise on February 2 at Gobbler’s Knob in the Pennsylvania Wilds to make his annual prediction on the 130th anniversary of Groundhog Day.

I am guessing the Phil’s prediction about winter will be similar to the winning team between the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals. Actually, for more information on his predictive accuracy, check out this article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2016/01/31/groundhog-day-punxsutawney-phil/79531586/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatoday-newstopstories

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The story of Groundhog Day started like this (according to www.visitpa.com).

What does a sleepy, furry marmot have to do with seasonal change? According to fans of Punxsutawney Phil, everything!

The story begins with Candlemas, an early Christian holiday where candles were blessed and distributed. Celebrators of the holiday eventually declared clear skies on Candlemas meant a longer winter. The Roman legions, during the conquest of the northern country, brought this tradition to the Germans, who concluded that if the sun made an appearance on Candlemas Day, a hedgehog would cast a shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of bad weather or “Second Winter.” German immigrants brought the tradition to Pennsylvania, but how did Punxsutawney Phil emerge?

In 1886, a spirited group of groundhog hunters from Punxsutawney dubbed themselves “The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.” One member was an editor of Punxsutawney’s newspaper. Using his ink, he proclaimed Punxsutawney Phil, the local groundhog, to be the one and only weather prognosticating groundhog. He issued this proclamation on Candlemas, and yes, Groundhog Day. Phil’s fame spread, and newspapers from around the globe began to report his Gobbler’s Knob prediction. Today you will find 20,000+ in attendance and millions watching on television or via the web.

US News & Report put out its travel recommendations if you are considering traveling to Punxsutawney. For more info, check out this article.

http://travel.usnews.com/features/where-to-take-a-groundhog-day-inspired-trip

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Not-So-Random Facts about Groundhog Day

  1. Students at Punxsutawney Area High School — home of the “Chucks” — have no school on Groundhog Day, because the school buses are used to transport thousands of people to and from Gobbler’s Knob.
  2. When he’s not at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney Phil and 3 other groundhogs — including his wife, Phyllis — live in a heated area of the children’s portion of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.
  3. None of the scenes from the 1993 film Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, were filmed in Punxsutawney, PA. Most of the film was shot in Woodstock, IL, which is close to Chicago, the home base of director Harold Ramis.

 

Not-So-Random Quotes about Groundhog Day

 

  1. “The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears.” –William Vaughn, American columnist and author
  2. Phil: What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?
    Ralph: That about sums it up for me. – Groundhog Day, (1993)

 

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