Weather he's right
Or weather he's wrong...
Winter can't last,
All that long.
| |Every year, The Groundhog Club has an annual Groundhog picnic. This is now known as PhilFest and is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket. Enjoy Live Bands, lawn games, food, beer, and lots of fun. Contact us for more information.
During the festivities, Phil is given a sip of Groundhog Nog. Upon sipping this special nog, Phil's life span is extended another 7 years for each sip. Phil is currently well over 100 years old. Only the President of the Groundhog Club knows the secret recipe for Groundhog Nog, and it is only given to him when he holds his Acacia (known as the Toby tree) wood cane. If anyone else picks up the cane, they will not be given the secret recipe. So Phil lives forever and his immortal life is forever safe. He's a bit like Santa Claus in that respect as well as bringing us a day of festivities in the middle of the bleak winter months.
For those of you who don't know about the legend of Groundhog Day, here's the Inner Circle's version of the “History Of The Groundhog:”
Borrowing from an ancient European legend, “For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, So far will the snow swirl till May,” the seed for the now world famous February 2nd celebration was planted in 1886 when Groundhog Day was first recognized in Punxsutawney, PA.
In the autumn of 1899 a half dozen Punxsutawney citizens, the nucleus of the “Groundhog Club,” first gathered on a nearby hill (knob) and ate a groundhog supper. In succeeding years, thousands flocked to the “Home of the Groundhog” to participate in this celebrated end-of-summer feast. The accompanying publicity propelled the Groundhog Club to national prominence. The February 2nd treks to Gobbler's Knob were born in 1906.
History courtesy of www.groundhog.org.
The rest is history. Punxsutawney Phil has seen the country through five wars, journeyed to the moon, visited the White House and starred in his own major motion picture. Yet, in spite of his accomplishments, the century-old Groundhog continues to delight millions with his mystique and charm and shadow casting magic each February 2nd in Punxsutawney, PA.