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Groundhog Day (1993)
Dir: Harold Ramis
DOP: John Bailey
“This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.”

Greetings From Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

Punxsutawney, Pa. is known as the home of the groundhog, the renowned weather prophet.
Points of Interest.
1. P - High School. 2. U - E. Mahoning St. 3. N - Soldiers Memorial Bandstand. 4. X - Mahoning Street Looking West. 5. S - Bird’s Eye View Punxsutawney. 6. U - Post Office. 7. T - Y.M.C.A. and Spirit Building 8. A - Elks Temple. 9. W - Golf Links and Country Club. 10. N - Adrian Hospital. 11. E - West End Viaduct. 12. Y - Bird’s Eye View Bus. Sect.

In February of 2001, I went to Punxsutawney (I was living in Pennsylvania at the time) and actually attended the groundhog ceremony.  The thing started at like midnight and went until 7 in the morning when they actually pull the groundhog out on the stage.  They have bonfires going and refreshment stands. It was pretty fun but what I mostly remember is that I wore converse all-stars and it was snowing and by the time we left to go home my feet were so cold that it took like three hours to be able to move my toes again.

Happy Groundhog Day!  Bet You Didn’t Know that Punxsutawney Phil Lives in a Library!  Lucky Groundhog.

 

For most of the year, Phil lives in a climate-controlled home at the Punxsutawney Library. He is taken to Gobbler’s Knob and placed in a heated burrow underneath a simulated tree stump on stage before being pulled out at 7:25 am on Groundhog Day, February 2, to make his prediction.