Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 2022
Groundhog Day is a mid-winter break from monotony. It’s a time to take everything a little less seriously and to find an excuse to party. Each year, since 2010, weather predications from several of Pennsylvania’s famous groundhog prognosticators are shared in our newsletter. We hope you enjoy this year’s report from 02/02/22:
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park:
A report on Grover the Groundhog’s and Sweet Arrow Sue’s determination appeared in the local newspaper. Grover and Sue looked the same as years prior (after all, they are stuffed). This year’s event was once again held virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns. Not seeing their shadows, the prediction from Pine Grove was an early spring.
Fraternal Fribblehood of Groundhogs, Lodge #187:
Unable to find their shadows within their bureau burrow in time for their local event, Frisbee Frank and Freeway Fred decided to join Farmer Tom and Spouse to watch their mentor, Punxsutawney Phil, on TV at Wednesday’s early light. And so they did. They also decided to choose the same predication as their mentor. After all, what could they do without their shadows’ cooperation?!
Last year, this event was held virtually with only the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle and Punxsutawney Phil in attendance. Cardboard figures (chosen from on-line submissions) lined the way for Phil’s arrival. This year, the event was held in-person. Thousands of spectators joined in the celebration and Phil did not disappoint the crowd.
There are several pre-prediction events held in Punxsutawney; The Groundhog Ball, Hogspitality Village, Groundhog Banquet and Lunch with Phil, to name a few. Ticketed events were mostly sold out. (Mid-winter boredom seems very popular). There is a talent contest at the Punxsutawney Community Center with a prize of $500.00 drawing many performances. There is an official beer, “Prognosticator Pils 2022” but no alcoholic beverages are sold or permitted on the Knob.
There is no parking available at Gobbler’s Knob but there are buses that shuttle spectators to the Knob starting at 3:00 a.m. Many spectators hike to the Knob but it’s not for the weak of heart. The hike is 1.3 miles…..uphill. There’s no need to bring chairs because this event is for standing room only.
Plump, 150-yr. old (or so it is said, tongue-in-cheek) Phil exited his burrow to the joy of the crowd. Consultation occurred and the prediction was read. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.
And Frisbee Frank and Freeway Fred concurred
The crowd cheered and booed although we don’t believe they ever heard of Frank and Fred. And Farmer Tom, Spouse, Frank and Fred were happy they participated from the comfort of home.
BTW: Frisbee Frank and Freeway Fred heard from their shadows. It appears that while Frank and Fred slept, their shadows detached to vacation somewhere in the South Pacific. The postcard just arrived.
note: six more weeks of winter would end on Wednesday, March 16th;
The official date of the Spring Equinox is on Sunday, March 20th;
therefore March 16th would also be an early spring!
(For those who read this page who still may not know why we have an interest here on Frisbee Road, Tom and Spouse became engaged on 02/02/02. After discovering the engagement date was the same date as Groundhog Day, a day of fun and laughter, it just seemed a more unusual way to celebrate than some other seemingly more “appropriate” day)
Whatever the weather for the next few months,
may you enjoy each day and laughter, too.
as recorded by Spouse of Farmer Tom