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Monday, February 05, 2007


Mother TLP took me and Sister Actonbell to Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day. Boy, did we have fun! Sure wish that Sister AP3 could've been there. I'd like to see her when the Groundhog King and Queen are crowned.

As we drove towards Punxsutawney, I wondered how serious this town was about the Groundhog. Then I saw this sign:

Groundhog PlazaWe got there on January 31st, so the town wasn't totally parked up yet and we checked into the Pantall Hotel. First I saw this at the side entrance:

Ladies Entrance ... just HOW old is this hotel?

... And look who stayed in the room across the hall! There were photos of Bill Murray in some of the shops around town from his visit back in 1992. Groundhog Day was not filmed in Punxsutawney, but the town has really embraced him and the movie. Some members of the real "Inner Circle" were in the movie, tho'.

Bill Murray slept here a long time ago
There was an ice carver and woodcarver in the park across the street from the hotel (both used chainsaws).

You shoulda seen the Ice Mug this guy made for himself!
Boy, I was tempted to get one of these wooden Groundhogs, especially the toilet paper holder!

Phil and Phyllis live in "The Zoo", which is an enclosure at the town library. Phil was ... um ... very "LOVING", but he took WAY too long and Phyllis got mad. She has BIG, LONG front teeth! Oh, my! The enclosure has glass that reflected too much, so no photos. Here is a site with a webcam.

All around town there are "Phantasic Phils" - fiberglass cartoon statues of Punxy Phil. (A rodent version of the CowParade that we had here in Harrisburg back in 2004.)

Presby MacPhil by Artist - Jeff Marshall.
 TLP with the Get Your Phil of Roses by Artist - Brenda Nicklas.
It's Springtime for Phantastic Phyllis by Artist - Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer
We had fun up on Gobbler's Knob - people start arriving at 3 am, but we got there around 5 am. There was plenty of entertainment - music, silly contests, dancing, checking the time and temperature ("BEN! What Time IS it!?") and more. The two-and-a-half hours that we were there went by very quickly. There were plenty of people there in different levels of bundling. TLP kept wrapping Actonbell up in a blanket. Mom had talked so much about how cold it was last year that I really bundled up - two pairs of silk longjohns, jeans and waterproof pants, turtleneck, t-shirt and fleece pullover, two pairs of socks, coat, boots, hats (yes, one under the Groundhog hat) and handwarmers in my mittens and boots. I was HOT! (The temperature was in the teens and low 20's.)

Okay, Mom, thanks for the green blanket!

The dots in these photos is snow.

Look at all these crazy people!
Before dawn, there were fireworks:

Pretty!here you can see that the sky began to get lighter as dawn approached:

Pull the big, fat rat out already!

The townspeople were all VERY nice. And there were SO many tourists! I'm glad that we got up there a day early before the crowd. Plenty of camera crews - I met one from Spain and another from Germany. A crew from a new Retirement Living Television Network (a new channel) took pictures of us, as did a crew from the new Farmers Almanac Network from Georgia.

I told Actonbell that we should visit Punxsutawney in the summer and see how groundhoggish the town is then. Then we found out that they have a Groundhog Festival in July.
We might just have to go, eh?


At 6:47 PM, Blogger actonbell said...

Oh, fantastic post! You really did get some good nightshots, and the fireworks! KEWL.

Thanks for posting all those pics-I love them.

(you'll have to blog around the yellow house, yaknow. It's wondrous)

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

Great post! I love all these pictures. We'll always have wonderful memories about this trip.

At 6:59 PM, Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

Just noticed that if you rest your curser on the pix, you can see comments by you. LOL

At 7:56 PM, Blogger AP3 said...

Great pictures! Love the night shots. Yeah, I really wish I'd been there, too. Lots of good info -- great post.

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Doug said...

Groundhog festival in July? I guess if the groundhog squints in the sun there will be three more months of summer. Great pictures. It looks like a good time but how could it be otherwise?

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Thanks for the recap. It looks like you guys had a great time.

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

That was a great post, with a super tour.

At 7:47 PM, Blogger mireille said...

Um, Phil took "too long" to ... um ... what? xoxo

At 6:24 AM, Blogger actonbell said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

At 10:42 AM, Blogger AP3 said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you.


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