In my opinion, the best thing about the festivities were the fireworks. At about 6:30am, at Gobbler's Knob, set to Star Wars music, was a most excellent fireworks display that went on for a long time. Sister Dddragon actually captured a bit of it, which we should nag her into posting.
The funniest thing was the introduction of the Inner Circle. When the momentous occasion arrived, the Inner Circle, black-coated and top-hatted, made their way through the crowd, and mantained a dignified demeanor as they were introduced:
. Bill Cooper, President
. Paul Johnston, Vice President / Chief Healthman
. Keith Shields, Treasurer / Head Hailmaker
. John Griffiths, Co-Handler / Cloud Builder
. Ben Hughes, Co-Handler / Fog Spinner
. Jeff Grube, Sky Painter
. Ed Jekielek, Storm Chaser
. Mike Johnston, Big Flake Maker
. Jeff Lundy, Fair Weatherman
. Steve Means, Plow Man
. Butch Philliber, Iceman
. Ron Ploucha, Stump Warden
. Bob Roberts, His Protector
. Barney Stockdale, Burrow Master
. Tom Uberti, The Big Windmaker--you KNOW he's the butt of all the jokes!
The silliest thing about the festivities was how much fun we had buying and wearing really silly stuff.
This is sister dddragon(r) and I, after the purchase of our special hats. As the three of us walked around town, I noticed lots of people smiling at us, and thought, wow, these people are really sweet and friendly. Then, I remembered what we wearing on our heads.
The most surprising thing about the festivities was the forecast!
Here in the East with much mild winter weather we have been blessed.
Global warming has caused a great debate.
This mild winter makes it seem just great.
On this Groundhog Day we think of one thing.
Will we have winter or will we have spring?
On Gobbler's Knob I see no shadow today.
I predict that early spring is on the way.
The most intriguing thing was Punxsutawney's public art project, the Phantastic Phils--
I hope you can see Mom's groundhog hat--see its tail sticking up? She's posing next to one of the Punxsutawney Phils, this one near the post office (hopefully, the stamp theme is visible).
This Phil lives next to an old train station. (That's me and Mom). See the snow? It's significantly colder up there. TLP was SO happy about the snow.
Oh, and the best product for Groundhog's Day is hand warmers! My wonderful mother thought of everything, and I do mean everything. Hand warmers are going to change my life.
The only BAD thing I saw was a guy publicly proposing to his girlfriend at the Prognosticator's Ball. She was mortified, and she'd better make him demonstrate normal behavior before their Big Day. Believe me, the Prognosticator's Ball in Punxsutawney was not the place to pop the question, unless he was expecting it to be treated as a silly question, and we all know what silly questions deserve.
Any silly questions?
1. TLP and Dddragon will both post better pictures! Sometimes, I was too lazy to take my hands out of my pockets and my mittens and my liners and away from those cozy warmers to take all the pictures that I should have, before my batteries went dead.
2. The hat which Dddragon wore when she arrived in Punxsutawney might possibly be just as funny as the one above, I haven't made my mind up.
It's good to back in balmy Southcentral PA, but we sure did have a good time:)