Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on this morning which, according to German folklore, means folks can expect an early spring instead of six more weeks of winter.
Since 1886, Phil has seen his shadow 96 times, hasn’t seen it 14 times and there are no records for nine years, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. The last time Phil failed to see his shadow was in 1999.
Every Feb. 2, thousands of people go to Punxsutawney, population 6,100, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, to celebrate what is essentially a German superstition.
The Germans believed that if a hibernating animal cast a shadow on Feb. 2 the Christian holiday of Candlemas winter would last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early. I guess we decided to use a groundhog as they are much easier to work with then waking up a Maine black bear!
Today Annailese’s class goes on a walking field trip to the Berry Manor Inn. The Inn is the only place in the area that holds a Groundhog Day event. I’m not going on this field trip because I have a ton of confirmation letters to do for the J&E Riggin and Timberwind. I’ll let you know what Berry Manor Groundhog has to say when I find out this afternoon!
Happy Groundhog Day!!