Yes, that time of year is upon us. The time when we put the fate of our perpetual winter into the hands, or in this case, furry little paws, of Punxsutawney Phil (oooh, spell check went crazy on that one). I know meterologists have years of schooling and 'science' on their side... but this little dude has instinct... and if there one thing I've learned, don't mess with groundhog instinct. (Let's just say we had a groundhog incident last spring... and the groundhog won).
Whether or not you believe that by being spooked by his shadow Senor Phil has the ability to predict six more weeks of winter, I'm willing to take what I can get... along with the gajillion other people traveling down to Gobbler's Knob tomorrow morning to get the forecast at 7:25 am.
If you don't think you're going to take the overnight trek to middle of nowhere PA, you can follow the festivities by webcam. Yes, I mean it.
And if you're too busy to check that out, text the word "Groundhog" to 247365 to get your very own prediction. I mean that too... but I wish I didn't.
Also, and you might have already seen this, but PETA is calling for an animatronic version of Phil. Ostensibly so that the real groundhog can live a normal life, unfettered by the demands of the papparazzi and the brutish manhandling of older gentleman with a penchant for dressing like Abraham Lincoln (aka...The Inner Circle).
A robot-groundhog. Really? But, you gotta admit, this is kind of creepy.
Anyway, if you are looking for a fabulous way to celebrate this milestone, head over to the Bethlehem Public Library tomorrow for a Groundhog Day! celebration. (They supplied the exclamation point).
Description: Age 3 and up with family. Join them for stories, dancing and a shadow craft to celebrate the holiday! (again...their exclamation)
Location: Community Room.
Seriously, who's going to pass up groundhog day dancing? Maybe they'll do the 'robot'.
(robo-groundhog picture courtesy of bestweekever.tv)