Fun Fact February 2, 2021.
2 February 2021
It’s like deja vu all over again! It’s Groundhog Day! The first recorded celebration of groundhog day in Pennsylvania was in 1840 in a diary of a James Morris, who was Welch but who lived in the Pennsylvania Dutch country. He described what his Dutch neighbors had celebrated. Something they called Candlemas. The first reported news of a Groundhog Day observance was arguably made by the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, in 1886. However, it was not until the following year in 1887 that the first Groundhog Day considered “official” was commemorated there, with a group making a trip to the Gobbler’s Knob part of town to consult the groundhog. Thousands of people make the trek to Punxsutawney every year to witness, and even more watch a live stream feed of the event, to get first hand the prediction from Punxsutawney Phil. Although Phil is the most famous groundhog, New Jersey has Milltown Mel, there is Sun City Sue in the mid western United States, Staten Island Chuck in New York, in North Carolina you’ll find Sir Walter Wally, in DuPont Circle in Washing D. C. there is Potomac Phil and in Georgia you’ll find General Beauregard Lee, to name just a few. None of these prognosticating rodents have a very good accuracy record however. I hate to burst your bubble and dash your hopes for an early spring, but if you look at a calendar and count from February 2 to the first day of Spring you’ll find it’s slightly more than six weeks. Sorry.