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10 a.m., Weather Discovery Center, 201 N. Findley St., Crowning of the Little Mr. & Miss Groundhog. Come see the crowning ceremony for the 2019 Little Mr. & Miss Groundhog. No charge to see the ceremony.
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8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Gobbler’s Knob, 1548 Woodland Ave Ext., Breakfast with Phil & Gobbler’s Knob Tours. Come have a served breakfast with Phil. Bring your camera for pictures of Punxsutawney Phil and the Inner Circle! $10 per adult, $5 per child 12 & under, kids under 2 are free 4 p.m., Community Center, 220 N. Jefferson St., Gobbler’s Knob Got Talent, A Great Talent Competition for all ages! The Grand Prize is $500. To participate contact the GHC at email@example.com.
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9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Christian School, 216 N. Jefferson St., Groundhog Day Art Show, Free hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Come and see the works of local artists. Admission is free.
10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Barclay Square, Vendors Come enjoy craft vendors, great food and specialty items!
10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Barclay Square, Chain Saw Carving, Randy Rupert of Wizards Workshop will carve logs into beautiful sculptures. His work is available for purchase.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Various Locations, Passport to Punxsy. Enjoy a self-guided tour of everything Punxsutawney has to offer. See www.groundhog.org for Groundhog Day Guide. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Worldwide Adventure of Phil Display. Come see the great display of pictures from the past years of the Worldwide Adventure of Phil Competitions. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Punxsy Area Historical & Genealogical Society, 400 W. Mahoning St., Warming Station and Charging Station, visitors can stop in, get warmed up and charge their cell phones. 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Memorial Library, 301 E. Mahoning St., Groundhog Story Time & Crafts for Kids, Hear Stories! Make a Craft! Play a Game! Sponsored by the Punxsutawney Theater Arts Guild. Free. Donations appreciated.
10:30 a.m., Barclay Square, Snowshoe Shadow Hike, Reserved for the snowiest days, snowshoeing is an exhilarating and fun activity for the winter. This low-impact activity is just as easy as walking but more fun! On snowshoes, you’ll explore 1-2 miles of the Mahoning Shadow Trail just outside of downtown Punxsutawney, while enjoying the
beautiful winter scenery and crisp air. Family fun for ages 8+. Max. of 30 people. Register for this event on www.groundhog.org/ 11 a.m. & 2 p.m., Barclay Square, Meet at Phil’s Burrow, Phantastic Phil Walking Tour, Enjoy a guided walking tour of more than a dozen of the Phantastic Phil sculptures with information about the project, trivia and “insider” tidbits. Tour starts at Phil’s Burrow and lasts about 45 minutes. It’s free! 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Zumberly Brothers Sing-Along, Suffering from cabin fever? Join the Zumberly brothers in a campfire-style sing-along program celebrating Punxsy Phil! 11:30 a.m., Weather Discovery Center, 201 N. Findley St., Meteorology Hall of Fame Induction. See the 2019 inductee into the Hall of Fame. Begins at 11:30 a.m. with cookies & punch and a chance to meet Punxsutawney Phil, followed by the induction ceremony at noon. $7 per person admission, children 2 & under free.
11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Various Locations, Groundhog Grub Walking Food Tour. For a $10 donation to the PACF, you will receive a map and pass to try out all the tasty treats around town.
12 p.m. – 8 p.m., 106 W. Mahoning St., Shadow Vineyard and Winery Wine Tasting. Enjoy a great local winery! Get your Punxsutawney Phil’s Phruit Phusion Wine here, as well as Groundhog Day Wine Box Set! 1 p.m., held at the United methodist Food Bank at 201 Woodland Ave., 13th Annual Amish Quilt & Craft Auction. Many quilts to choose from this year. Auctioneer Noah Yoder Lic# AU00542, www.auctionzip.com, auctioneer ID# 9743. 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., Punxsy Area Historical & Genealogical Society, 401 W. Mahoning St., Historical Hay Ride Town Tour. Come enjoy a free hayride town tour with refreshments to follow. Pick up your free ticket at the Bennis House to reserve your seat. It fills up quickly! Browse exhibits including Native American, Early Settler, Music Fiber Arts, Farming, Coal and Railroads. 1 p.m. & 3 p.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Jimmy Swogger & Friends. Music, magic, ventriloquism for all ages! Free! 1 p.m. – 9 p.m., Community Center, 220 N. Jefferson St., Annual Craft Show n’ Sale, Groundhog souvenirs, crafts and much more! 2 p.m. & 4 p.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Tim Hartman, Professional Story Teller for all ages! Free!
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When Punxsutawney Phil greets his faithful from atop his famous knob on February 2, thousands of people – many of whom have shivered through the night – hold high hopes that he will not see his shadow. If your plans include being among the many who await Phil’s “shadowy” prognostication in person, you ought to do a bit of homework. Advance planning is essential for ensuring an enjoyable morning on Gobbler’s Knob, so here is our “Groundhog Day Survival Guide,” containing a few helpful tips! Festivities celebrating the annual trek to Gobbler’s Knob for Phil’s prognostication begin in the early morning hours. The morning’s events include live entertainment, music, fireworks, and fun with the Groundhog Club Inner Circle prior to Phil’s emergence from his stump at approximately 7:25 a.m. The Knob is located at 1548 Woodland Avenue Extension. The party at the Knob, however, starts at 3 a.m. Plan to be there early! Admission to the Knob is free.
Trekking to the Knob
The brave and stout of heart can hike to Gobbler’s Knob. The walk along Woodland Avenue is approximately 1.5 miles, but it’s uphill the entire way. The jaunt is strenuous, especially in inclement weather. Many, however, have found that trekking to the Knob – weather permitting, of course – a great way to avoid the wait for the buses. Those who are making the trek on foot are invited to park at Brackman Chevrolet Buick Walkers Lot. The address is 600 E. Mahoning St. This lot is 1.3 miles from Gobbler’s Knob. ** This is not a busing location. **
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Although visitors can walk the mile and a half from Barclay Square to Gobbler’s Knob, they can also choose to take a “Knob bus.” Buses to Gobbler’s Knob will run from 3 a.m. through 6:30 a.m. from the following locations: • McDonald’s, 102 N. Findley St. (GPS Coordinates: 40.9438783, 78.97093589999997), Downtown Punxsutawney, parking available on the streets and in public parking lots downtown.) • Punxsy Plaza, 545 West Mahoning St., Punxsutawney (GPS Coordinates: 40.94148, 78.983664). There is parking available in the Punxsy Plaza lot. This is the suggested
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parking lot for charter buses. • Wal-Mart, 21920 Route 119, Punxsutawney (GPS coordinates: 40.929646, -78.982713). There is parking available in the Wal-Mart lot.
One-way traffic to Gobbler’s Knob starts at 3 a.m., beginning near Walmart. The one-way route, however, will not take you to Gobbler’s Knob – you cannot drive to the Knob! Traffic will be redirected back to town unless you have the appropriate handicapped placards.
handicapped access and buses - important!
There are a limited number of handicapped parking passes available for Gobbler’s Knob. For a pass contact the GHC. Additional parking is available at the Punxsy Plaza parking lot. We will have a handicapped accessible bus available for transportation. It will run the same route and times as the Knob Bus. GHC Contact information: email@example.com or 814-618-5591.
Ticket Prices and Ticket booths
Ticket Booths for the Knob buses will open at 2 a.m. Ticket prices for the buses to the Knob are $5 per person, 12 years of age and under ride for free. There will be two ticket booths at McDonald’s, two ticket booths at Punxsy Plaza, and two ticket booths at Wal-Mart. The last bus to the Knob will be at 6:30 a.m.; at that point, there will not be any more buses going to the Knob.
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erly dressing for inclement weather. Remember: It is the middle of winter, in the middle of the night, in the middle of the woods. Dress appropriately! Know the local weather forecast before getting Phil’s forecast. Wear boots – rubber boots if you have them. The Knob can get icy, muddy, and slick. Also, a warm hat and toasty mittens are a must. Hand warmers are a plus! It is recommended that small children are not brought to the Knob. Also, the event at the Knob is a standing-room-only event – there is no room for chairs. A large bonfire will burn continually at the Knob. However, no other provisions for inclement weather or shelter are available, so please come prepared.
no backpacks or bags
Security is tight at Gobbler’s Knob. Leave your backpacks, bags, and so on at home. Of course, no use of alcohol will be tolerated. Pennsylvania State Troopers will be present, searching bags and providing security.
after the Prognostication
After Phil makes his prognostication, it’s time to board buses for the ride downtown or to the respective parking areas. Be patient! Thousands of people will want to board the buses. Visit with Phil and Groundhog Club Inner Circle members before joining the crowd boarding the buses. If weather permits, walking downtown via
Woodland Avenue after the ceremony can be fun and stimulating. After the prognostication, the buses from the Knob will transport visitors back downtown. You can choose to get off the bus downtown to eat, to visit events, or to return to your car. Or you can stay on the bus to go back to Walmart. Visitors who parked at Punxsy Plaza will remain on the bus to take them back to that lot. If you stay downtown to eat or visit, shuttle buses will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will run a loop from McDonald’s to Punxsy Plaza to Walmart every fifteen minutes or so. The shuttle buses will pick up folks in front of McDonald’s.
breakfast, Souvenirs, and Festivities
For many, warming up over breakfast at one of the many Punxsutawney restaurants, clubs or social halls is first on the agenda following Phil’s prognostication. After enjoying breakfast, a visit to local souvenir shops and shows is a must for those wishing to purchase a piece of Phil-related memorabilia. Festivities will be held in Punxsutawney, from Saturday, January 27, through Saturday, February 3. Please check the calendar of events in this special issue for all the events and find the most current information about Punxsutawney and Groundhog Day on the Groundhog Club’s website (www.groundhog.org).
Where To Find Phil
Where to find Phil throughout the Celebration
Sat., Jan. 26 – Crowning of Little Mr. & Miss Groundhog Sun., Jan. 27 – Breakfast with Phil Fri., Feb. 1 – Meteorologist Hall of Fame Fri., Feb. 1 – GHC Members Only Reception Sat., Feb. 2 – Phil 101 Sat., Feb. 2 – Groundhog Ball Sun., Feb. 3 – Weather Discovery Center
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very year since 2011 Meteorologist Jen Carfagno has covered Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney for The Weather Channel and has been on hand for the inductions of two of her colleagues into the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center’s Meteorologist Hall of Fame. This year, it’s Carfagno’s turn as she becomes the Hall of Fame’s sixteenth honoree. A native of Collegeville, Pa., and a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Carfagno says she had plans to become a pilot, but was well known in her family for her obsession with weather. “I was curious about major weather events we had in Pennsylvania and constantly tracked the weather. When I learned that mathematics— which I really liked— was a big part of meteorology, that sealed the deal.” Carfagno’s path to The Weather Channel almost seemed pre-ordained. While still in high school, as a project for her senior computer design class, she created a “Local on the 8’s”-style slideshow using weather data she obtained on the Internet. Before completing her degree from Penn State, she interned at The Weather Channel and not long after graduation, she joined the company as a full-time forecaster. Over a period of years, Carfagno gained experience in several key positions in the company. Today, Carfagno is a cohost of AMHQ weekdays from 5:00-9:00 a.m. ET. Sharing information about the weather is a passion for Carfagno, whether it’s talking with groups of students or in front of the camera for millions of viewers. Hurricane coverage stands out as some of the most important meteorological work she’s been involved with. “I was in the studio during Hurricane Katrina. It was terrifying to forecast and even worse to watch it all unfold. But I was glad I was able to help gather data and communicate the risks,” she says.
The Board of Directors of the Weather Discovery Center is especially excited to induct Carfagno into the prestigious Hall of Fame because she’s become a good friend of the organization over her years of covering Groundhog Day. “Not only does Jen belong in the Hall of Fame because of her impressive professional credentials,” says Board Chairman Jim Cassidy, “but also because she’s been supportive of Punxsutawney and the Weather Discovery Center through her coverage of Groundhog Day and her willingness to embrace the fun of the event.” On Friday, Feb. 1, Carfagno will become the fourth meteorologist from The Weather Channel to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Inducted before her were Stephanie Abrams, Dr. Greg Forbes and Jim Cantore. Abrams and Cantore are Carfagno’s co-hosts on The Weather Channel’s AMHQ. The Meteorologist Hall of Fame induction ceremony is open to the public with a $7 admission to the Weather Discovery Center. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET with a small reception of punch and groundhog cookies during which the public can meet Carfagno and fellow weather forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil. To read more about this event, and other activities scheduled during the Groundhog Day celebration, please visit Weatherdiscovery.org. For more than 35 years, The Weather Channel television network has been the leader in severe weather coverage, providing the most comprehensive analysis of any media outlet and serving as the nation’s only 24-hour source of national storm coverage. For eight years in a row, Harris Poll has ranked The Weather Channel as the “TV News Brand of the Year.” With trusted meteorologists who analyze, forecast and report the weather - its expertise is unrivaled. For more information visit weathergroup.com •••
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elcome the newest member of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, Jory Serrian. As a graduate of PAHS and past attendee of IUP, he enjoys traveling, cooking, and canning. This Groundhog Day, he will be wearing a top hat and tux while making the 133rd annual trek with the other members of the Circle. As the Purchasing & Parts Supervisor for P&N Coal Company, Jory has always appreciated what our small town has to offer. Being a part of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club has a big responsibility that comes along with it. When asked why he wanted to be a part of the Inner Circle Jory states, “It’s the ultimate way to be involved in a great, unique American tradition; and, also I want to know what the true, accurate weather is going to be! Plus, it’s a great group of guys that make it fun to live in Punxsutawney.” Being asked to be a part of the Inner Circle was a bit of a shock to Jory but he stated that he was thrilled, excited, and honored to be asked. Everyone knows that only Phil knows what the forecast will be each February 2nd, but we all have a season for which we root. For Jory, it’s spring.
His favorite Groundhog Day memory was from 1990 when he woke up early with his mom and brother to witness the prognostication. “That was before Punxsy closed the schools for the day, so we would go up to see the prognostication, come home to get a hot shower to warm up and then go to elementary school,” states Jory. Groundhog Day brings many fun-filled days of celebration to our community and all across the world. Jory is most looking forward to the moment when the fireworks are over on February 2nd, and he gets to put on his top hat officially for his first trek and see Phil’s Phollowers, as well as his friends and family as he makes his way to the stage. As a member of Inner Circle, Jory has been given many jobs to prep for Groundhog Day. He will be joining the O-Zone getting the grounds ready for the morning of Groundhog Day and assisting with the Hogspitality Village. Jory will receive his official Inner Circle nickname from President Bill Deeley at the Annual Groundhog Banquet on February 1st. When asked if he had to pick his own nickname, what would he choose and why, Jory stated, “After reading past articles and looking through old Punxsy history books, one of the GHC Founding member’s nickname was ‘Head Huntsman’. I thought that was an awesome nickname and also a way to honor the past.” Join the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club and Punxsutawney Phil for the 133rd Annual Prognostication and the other great events around the community. For more information about Groundhog Day or any of the events, visit www.groundhog.org. •••
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5 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Salvation Army, 229 W. Mahoning St., Spaghetti Dinner, $5 adults, $3 children ages 3-11, under 2 eat free. 5 p.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Groundhog Day Corn Hole Tournament: 12 Teams, Single Elimination Tournament, Free to enter! Please pre- register! Winners will receive two Inner Circle Section Passes! 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 11 p.m., Community Center, 220 N. Jefferson St., Groundhog Day Movie, Free! Come watch this great classic with us!
6 p.m., Barclay Square, Groundhog Geocaching. Geocaching is a fun outdoor treasure hunt hike using a handheld GPS (Global Positioning System). We’ll teach you the basics of using a GPS then send you out in groups of 3-5 to hunt for a variety of Groundhog Day clues hidden in the streets and history of Punxsutawney. All ages welcome! Maximum registration: 10 groups (of 3-5 people) Fee: $20 Per Group. Registrations in advanced are encouraged. Visit www.groundhog.org. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Derek Wood Band. Come enjoy this free, great performance from the talented Derek Woods Band. Music of all kinds! 6 p.m. Doors Open, 6:30 p.m. Dinner Starts, Punxsy High School, 500 N. Findley St., Annual Groundhog Banquet, Sponsored by the Inner Circle of the Groundhog Club. Admission by ticket only. 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Playhouse Children’s Center,
218 Lane Ave., SPLASH Build & Dress a Phil, $20, Outfits are extra. There will be an inside playground for kids to play. 7 p.m., Punxsy Area Historical & Genealogical Society, 404 W. Mahoning St. Coal Memorial Remembrance Event, Story tellers will give firstperson accounts of actual events, some tragic and some humorous, from Punxsutawney’s mining history. In the event of inclement weather (too wet or too cold), “Stories from the Coal Mines” will be told will be told in the Reschini Room of the Lattimer House at 400 West Mahoning St. 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m., Punxsy Moose Lodge, 656 S. Main St. Ext., 16th Annual Groundhog Comedy Public Welcome! Vegas Extravaganza. headliners David Kaye & Comedy Magician Magic Mike Gigliotti, with a special guest. For tickets call 1-800-933-2346, 814-938-2346, or 814-938-6854. Tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door. 9 p.m. – Midnight, Punxsy Eagles, 238 E. Mahoning St., Groundhog Eve Dance featuring the band, “On the Brink.” Advanced tickets $8, Tickets at the door $10. Proceeds to benefit the PACF unrestricted fund. 8 p.m. Doors open, 9 p.m. – Midnight, ATA Building, 238 E. Mahoning St., Dueling Pianos. An all-request show with two great musicians on baby grand pianos! Cash bar available. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. $10 Ticket 10 p.m. – 6 a.m., Community Center, 220 N. Jefferson St., Crash Pad. Bring your sleeping bags and pillows! $8 fee. 11:45 p.m., Outside the Weather Center Shadow Summit, Count down the official start of Groundhog Day, as an illuminated fiberglass ‘Phil’ is raised to the summit! Free!
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3 a.m. – 8 a.m., Gobbler’s Knob, Phil’s 133rd Groundhog Day Prognostication. Join us for Phil’s Prognostication, stage show and fireworks show! 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Community Center, 220 N. Jefferson St., Annual Craft Show n’ Sale. Groundhog souvenirs, crafts and much more!
7 a.m. – ?, 106 W. Mahoning St., Shadow Vineyard and Winery Wine Tasting. Enjoy a great local winery! Get your Punxsutawney Phil’s Phruit Phusion Wine here, as well as Groundhog Day Wine Box Set! 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Barclay Square, Vendors. Come enjoy craft vendors, great food and specialty items!
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Punxsy. Enjoy a self-guided tour of everything Punxsutawney has to offer. See www.groundhog.org for Groundhog Day Guide. 8 a.m. â€“ 4 p.m., Punxsy Area Historical & Genealogical Society, 400 W. Mahoning St. Warming Station and Charging Station, visitors can stop in, get warmed up and charge their cell phones.
8 a.m. â€“ Noon, Barclay Square, Chain Saw Carving, Randy Rupert of Wizardâ€™s Workshop will carve logs into beautiful sculptures. His work is available for purchase.
8 a.m. â€“ 5 p.m., Christian School, 216 N. Jefferson St., Groundhog Day Art Show. Free cocoa and cookies will be served. Come and see the works of local artists. Admission is free. 8 a.m. â€“ Sell Out, JCHA Social Hall, 201 N. Jefferson St., SPLASH Build & Dress a Phil, $20, Outfits are extra. Snacks available for purchase! 8:30 a.m. â€“ 10 a.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Rayâ€™s Final Cut. Stop and see this amazing performance by local and regional artists!
9 a.m., Barclay Square, Scavenger Hunt. Do you enjoy a challenge? Come participate in the scavenger hunt as a single or a group of two. Prizes awarded to the winners. 9 a.m. â€“ 11 a.m., Community Center, 220 N. Jefferson St., Philâ€™s Birthday Party. Do you have a Groundhog Day birthday? Bring valid proof and receive a small gift, cake & punch. 9 a.m., 11 a.m., Community Center, 220 N. Jefferson St., Groundhog Day Movie. Free to the Public
9 a.m. & 11 a.m., Barclay Square, Meet at Philâ€™s Burrow, Phantastic Phil Walking Tour. Enjoy a guided walking tour of more than a dozen of the Phantastic Phil sculptures with information about the project, trivia and â€œinsiderâ€? tidbits. Tour starts at Philâ€™s Burrow and lasts about 45 minutes. Free!
10 a.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square Groundhog Bingo, Free to play! All ages are welcome! Great prizes!
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10 a.m.,11 a.m., Noon, Punxsy Area Historical & Genealogical Society, 401 W. Mahoning St., Historical Hay Ride Town Tour. Come enjoy a free hayride town tour with refreshments to follow. Pick up your free ticket at the Bennis House to reserve your seat. It fills up quickly! Browse exhibits including Native American, Early Settler, Music Fiber Arts, Farming, Coal & Railroads. 10 a.m. â€“ 2 p.m., Punxsy Shop â€˜N Save, 201 N. Hampton Ave., Oreo Stacking Contest. No fee, 3 different age groups. First prize in each age group. Under 6, 7-9 & 10-12. 10 a.m. â€“ 2 p.m., Punxsy Shop â€˜N Save, 201 N. Hampton Ave., Groundhog Cookie Decorating, $1 a cookie. 10 a.m. â€“ Noon, Civic Center, Barclay Square, Groundhog Day Weddings. Stop by and watch couples get married or renew their vows! All weddings were scheduled in advance; no walk-ins available.
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10:30 a.m., Barclay Square, Snowshoe Shadow Hike. Snowshoeing is an exhilarating and fun activity for the winter. This low-impact activity is just as easy as walking but more fun! On snowshoes, youâ€™ll explore 1-2 miles of the Mahoning Shadow Trail just outside of downtown Punxsutawney, while enjoying the beautiful winter scenery and crisp air. Family fun for ages 8+. Max. of 30 people. Register for this event on www.groundhog.org for $10 11 a.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Phil 101 & Art Show. Come learn everything there is to know about Punxsutawney Phil and groundhogs! Purchase works of art by Punxsutawney Phil! Cash Only!
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Barclay Square, Venture Outdoors Demos Snowshoe Shadow Walk: Try on a pair of snowshoes as you walk around in Barclay Square! Tyke snowshoes are available for children under 40 lbs. * Fire building Workshop: Learn how to start a (small) fire in a personal aluminum pan! Parents must assist children under age 12.* Shelter building Workshop: Itâ€™s cold out here! Can you make a shelter that would keep
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High atop the hills overlooking Punxsutawney, the world-famous Weather Prognosticating Groundhog emerges from his winter hibernation on Gobbler's Knob every February 2nd, Groundhog Day. If Phil sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of frightful winter weather. If there is no shadow, spring is near.
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BUS TO PARKING OR DOWNTOWN AFTER PHIL’S PROGNOSTICATION After Phil makes his prognostication, it’s time to board buses for the ride downtown or to the respective parking areas. Be patient! Thousands of people will want to board the buses.Visit with Phil and Groundhog Club Inner Circle members before joining the crowd boarding the buses. If weather permits, walking downtown via Woodland Avenue after the ceremony can be fun and stimulating. After the prognostication, the buses from the Knob
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Schedule continued from page 17 Punxsutawney Phil warm and safe? Learn how in this workshop. Free! 12:30 p.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Scavenger Hunt. Do you enjoy a challenge? Come participate in the scavenger hunt as a single or a group of two. Prizes awarded to the winners. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Community Center, 220 N. Jefferson St., Kids Korner. Free activities for kids ages 12 and under!
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Fri., Feb. 1 • 1pm, 2pm & 3pm Sat., Feb. 2 • 10am, 11am & 12pm
GROUNDHOG GRUB TOUR Fri., Feb. 1 • 11am-2pm
TRUE STORIES FROM THE MINES Fri., Feb. 1 and Sat., Feb. 2 at 7pm
Live at the Punxsutawney Area Coal Memorial 404 W. Mahoning St.
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11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Community Center 220 N. Jefferson St., Meet and Greet United States of America’s Miss Pennsylvania 2019. Kayla Nicole Root will be signing autographs during the Kids Korner!
Noon, Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Inner Circle Autograph Signing Session. Come meet and get the autographs of the members of the Inner Circle! 1 p.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Top Hat Decorating Competition. A first, second and third Place in each age group. 8-12 years old, 5-7 years old, 4 years old and under. (Limited Adult help permitted) Free event, top hats and supplies will be provided.
1 p.m., Barclay Square, Neighborhood Hike. Enjoy a hike around this famous Pennsylvania neighborhood to learn about its history and heritage. Recommended for ages 8+. Max. registration number is 40. Free.
2 p.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Best Groundhog Day & Best Winter Wear Dog Competition. The outfit/costume competition will be judged by three Inner Circle members! Winners will be award prizes! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, 80 Degrees. A must-see performance of a youth band from the greater Pittsburgh area. Ages of band members range from 11 years old to 17 years old. The band’s primary genre of music is ‘80s classic rock. You haven’t seen talent like this before!
3 p.m., Barclay Square, Groundhog Geocaching. Geocaching is a fun outdoor treasure hunt hike using a handheld GPS (Global Positioning System). We’ll teach you the basics of using a GPS then send you out in groups of 3-5 to hunt for a variety of Groundhog Day clues hidden in the streets and history of Punxsy. All ages welcome! Maximum registration: 10 groups (of 3-5 people) Fee: $20 Per Group Registrations in advanced are encouraged. Visit www.groundhog.org. 7 p.m., Punxsy Area Historical & Genealogical Society, 404 W. Mahoning St. Coal Memorial Remembrance Event. Story tellers will give first-person accounts of actual events, some tragic and some humorous, from Punxsutawney’s mining history. 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m., Punxsy Moose Lodge, 656 S. Main St. Ext., 16th Annual Groundhog Comedy Extravaganza. Public Welcome! Vegas headliners David Kaye & Comedy Magician Magic Mike Gigliotti, with a special guest. For tickets call 1-800-933-2346, 814-938-2346, or 814-938-6854 Tickets $20 advance, $25 at the door. 8 p.m. – Midnight, Punxsy Country Club, 408 N. Main St., Groundhog Ball. Punxsutawney Phil will be present! Rudy and the Professionals will be performing. Roaring ‘20s theme.
Sunday, February 3
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Christian School, 216 N. Jefferson St., Groundhog Day Art Show. Free hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Come and see the works of local artists. Admission is free.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 106 W. Mahoning St., Shadow Vineyard and Winery Wine Tasting. Enjoy a great local winery! Get your Punxsutawney Phil’s Phruit Phusion Wine here, as well as Groundhog Day Wine Box Set! 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Barclay Square, Vendors. Come enjoy craft vendors, great food and specialty items!
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Punxsy Area Historical & Genealogical Society, 400-1 W. Mahoning St. Warming Station and Charging Station, visitors can stop in to get warmed up while charging cell phones.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Barclay Square, Chain Saw Carving. Randy Rupert of Wizard’s Workshop will carve logs into beautiful sculptures. His work is available for purchase. 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Weather Discovery Center, 201 N. Findley St. Punxsutawney Phil Appearance. See Punxsutawney Phil at the Weather Center! No charge! 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Gobbler’s Knob, 1548 Woodland Ave. Ext., Stump Warden’s ‘Souper Bowl’ Soup Kitchen. Come and try the Stump Warden Specialty Soups. Prices for soups TBA. Punxsutawney Phil will be present at Noon! 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Groundhog Bingo. Free to play! All ages are welcome! Great prizes!
11 a.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Phil 101. Come learn everything there is to know about Punxsutawney Phil and groundhogs! 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, S’mores Making. Come enjoy free s’mores making with the Thunder Conductor!
11:30 a.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Phind Phil. Scavenger Hunt for Phil’s Phriends, 12 and under! 12 p.m., Barclay Square, Meet at Phil’s Burrow, Phantastic Phil Walking Tour. Enjoy a guided walking tour of more than a dozen of the Phantastic Phil sculptures with information about the project, trivia and “insider” tidbits. Tour starts at Phil’s Burrow and lasts about 45 minutes. Free! 12:30 p.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square, Scavenger Hunt. Do you enjoy a challenge? Come participate in the scavenger hunt as a single or a group of two. Prizes awarded to the winners. 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Celebration Tent, Barclay Square. Nick Forsyth Guitar Performance. Enjoy the musical talents of Nick Forsyth as he performs today’s hits. Free!
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The Original Punxsutawney Spicy Groundhog Cookies D8
2 c. sifted all purpose flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tsp. ground cloves 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 c. soft butter 1 c. sugar 1/2 c. molasses 1 egg yolk 1 egg, slightly beaten Currents or raisins
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Sift flour, salt, soda, baking powder, and spices together. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Blend in molasses and egg yolk. Stir in flour mixture and mix well. Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill one hour or longer. Roll out a small amount at a time on a sugar-sprinkled board. Roll 1/8-inch thick. Cut out cookies with lightlyfloured groundhog cookie cutter. Place cookies on greased baking sheet. Brush with slightly beaten egg. Decorate with currant eye, raisins, etc. Bake 8 to 10 min. in a preheated 350 degree oven. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Yield: Makes 12 to 15 large size groundhogs, or 3 to 4 dozen smaller ones.
Promoting and Protecting the Punxsutawney Tradition
By S. Thomas Curry of Hometown magazine raveling and listening to Christmas music on SiriusXM radio on a day before Christmas 2018, there were heard the words from singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith: “What is Christmas without Christ? And what is President’s Day without presidents? What is Groundhog Day without the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil?” Yes, there it was. Heard around the world on satellite radio was a reminder: “Groundhog Day and
The new entrance to Gobbler’s Knob welcomes visitors to a landmark site in Punxsutawney history that has evolved through many Groundhog Days since the early 1900s. (photo by S. Thomas Curry)
Punxsutawney Phil.” Groundhog Day. The eyes of the world will be on Punxsutawney at Gobbler’s Knob. And what is Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney without Gobbler’s Knob? For decades, one of the most famous landmarks associated with Punxsutawney has been “Gobbler’s Knob” and the annual celebration on February 2. Groundhog Day of February 1906 was the first shadowcast that a local newspaper reported as taking place at a particular site in Punxsutawney, as was customary for the Punxsutawney Spirit to report major events and daily happenings to Punxsutawney area residents. It was announced then that a groundhog was seen casting a shadow at the “Punxsutawney Weather Works” located a few miles outside of Punxsutawney at nearby Canoe Ridge. A few years later that special location was identified as Groundhog Knob. On February 3, 1914, the Spirit reported, “Canoe Ridge Woodchuck appeared at weather headquarters on Gobblers Knob and after seeing his shadow, announced that there would be six weeks more of winter. The Canoe Ridge Seer is some prognosticator.” Most early twentieth century reports and promotions identified Punxsutawney’s famous prognosticator of weather as “Bre’r Groundhog. Other names were “Canoe Ridge Chuck,” or “Canoe Ridge Sage.” In addition to “Bre’r Groundhog,” the local groundhog celebrated on Gobbler’s Knob was identified in media reports as the “Punxsutawney Groundhog.” For a short time in the 1950s people would see “Punxsutawney Pete” in print. In 1973, news media began to personalize the Punxsutawney weather prognosticating groundhog with a proper name. Followers of the tradition of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney would see and hear “Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of ...” In 1977, “admirers” of Punxsutawney Phil dedicated a bronze sculpture at the East Mahoning Civic Center. The folklore of the groundhog and a shadow was firmly established in the lives of many of the early
German families who settled the area from eastern Pennsylvania. There were no newspapers yet in the small settlements in the Mahoning Valley of western Pennsylvania. By the late 1860s the earliest newspapers in Punxsutawney would publish a brief statement - if there were one - about the tradition they had learned about Groundhog Day that was based on Candlemas Day of European history. There was no organized ceremony to publicize about the day that would attract visitors to the community for any formal observation and announcement “to the world,” no special claim to the day on behalf of town. The formal observation of the groundhog on February 2 in the early 1900s can be attributed to a small group of young men in the Punxsutawney area who gathered together in the summer and feasted on groundhog and drank local beer, an accepted social event among men. In 1899, (from newspaper stories in the Punxsutawney Spirit from 1902 through 1904) the first “official” summer Hunt and Feast took place. It was at that time that Clymer Freas became city editor of the newspaper and named the group “The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.” In the early 1880s a Punxsutawney Corn Club had organized for a similar summer outing, eating “green corn.” From the initial summer hunt and feast would begin the annual journey each February 2 to a place called the Punxsutawney Weather Works. Clymer Freas put his imagination into colorful words to describe in print alleged events happening on Canoe Ridge outside the town in the valley, the “lookouts” for a shadow to be cast, the “shadowscopes or silhouettescopes” used to detect any possible shadow. Each summer hunt and feast was a great opportunity to spread the word of the local legend of Groundhog Day to invited prominent men from throughout the eastern United States, especially Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Buffalo and Rochester and other financial and cultural centers with whom Punxsutawney men of area businesses and industries made deals. The groundhog legend celebrated each Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney on February 2 and proclaimed to the world has been recognized as a major accomplishment and a wealth of advertising for a small town situated near the corner of Jefferson, Clearfield and Indiana counties in Western Pennsylvania, and distant from major cities. At the end of the nineteenth century, Punxsutawney would experience its “growth spurt” as a result of vastly improved transportation systems. Two railroad systems improved travel time and convenience for commerce and people between the “Groundhog Town” of Punxsutawney and the “Smoky City” of Pittsburgh, the “Big Apple” of New York City and other major cities of the east coast. New industries and their management personnel would be enticed to locate in the immediate area with a special promotion in the Old Home Week celebration in 1909. Everything was falling into place for Punxsutawney’s growth in the twentieth century. Punxsutawney business leaders began to realize the value of using the legend and lore of the Punxsutawney Groundhog to promote the new and improved Punxsutawney with possibilities for an even brighter future. Post cards were printed “to show Punxsutawney’s many beauty spots, new homes and buildings, and its industrial advantages.” Among them were cards about the Punxsutawney Groundhog with “a message concerning The Groundhog Town.” Local and area residents were urged to send them to family, friends and business acquaintances anywhere and everywhere in the country. From the inspiration of Clymer Freas in the first - Continued on next page
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Before a permanent home was found for Gobbler’s Knob, the site was described in the imagery of words, creative props for photo stunts, or created from a pile of stones and a tree stump. Older residents of Punxsutawney may have memories of the changes to Gobbler’s Knob. Seen in photos are the Knob in 1965, 1986 and 2019. (Black and white photo courtesy of James Parise, color photos from collection of S. Thomas Curry)
were growing weary of the annual celebration antics they had initiated and maintained for many years. The original members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club were dying, leaving behind their shared memories of those early years. It became evident the legendary “shadowcasting” tradition was beginning to slip away midst community members. There was even a conflict between the local newspapers In the early 1900s weather forecasting was reported from a site as the Punxsutawney Weather Works at Canoe Ridge. about the prognostication from identified The name “Gobbler’s Knob” was not used until 1914. For many the local “Bre’r Groundhog.” years the Punxsutawney groundhog was named Bre’r GroundOn Groundhog Day in 1939, hog. Postcards issued for Punxsutawney’s 1909 Old Home Week the daily Spirit had announced, promoted its identity with Groundhog Day folklore. (Post cards “the groundhog saw his from collection of S. Thomas Curry) shadow, forecasting six weeks 1949 was another opportunity to bring toof winter weather ahead.” The Punxsutawney gether the community and draw attention to News, a weekly newspaper in town, had proits accomplishments and history. A new seclaimed across the top of its front page, “No ries of colorful post cards were produced, Shadow - Early Spring.” According to the among them new “Home of the Groundhog” Spirit, it was high treason for the News, “with cards its reporter snug in bed that morning, to state During the 1940s, the print media began to that the Punxsutawney Groundhog did not use more black and white photos to inform see his shadow.” the readers about the annual trek with images The annual celebration needed rejuvenation, that could be remembered for a lifetime. In and in 1940 the Chamber of Commerce bethe 1950s, the new communication medium came involved with the Punxsutawney of television (TV, as we now say) was introGroundhog Club to plan activities and produced. Groundhog Day, as it is celebrated in motions for Groundhog Day. An evening Punxsutawney, began to become popular and Groundhog Day Banquet was added to the the focus of the world. day’s activities, with prominent state and naIn 1952, Sam Light became president of the tional personalities invited as speakers. Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. He introIn April 1940, it was suggested by the Counduced the new dress code of top hat and cutcil President that a “groundhog pen” should away tuxedo for the members of the Inner be built and placed in Barclay Square. It was Circle. Exuberant, dramatic and colorful, described as a stone enclosure for groundSam Light became an annual television perhogs, “something that will not mar the beauty sonality and was considered as “the man who of the park, something for the edification of started a new era of Groundhog Day in Punxvisitors to this city called the Groundhog sutawney” as the world sees it today. The new Town.” [That need was eventually met when image of the Inner Circle would be introthe Civic Center was built in the 1970s with duced and seen around the world. Colorful, the incorporation of a “Groundhog Zoo” in animated portrayals of the annual ceremony the northwest corner of the Library unit. The at the Knob began in the age of television and comfy enclosure for the groundhogs is now new electronic media. known as “Phil’s Burrow,” for visitors who The battle for national publicity began in want to see the famed Punxsutawney earnest. There became increasing competition Groundhog.] for national attention that began as early as Punxsutawney’s Centennial celebration in - Continued on next page
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1907 when the Slumbering Lodge of Groundhogs was organized in Quarryville, Lancaster County, and held its first Groundhog Day observance on February 2, 1908. Publicity for its observance reached a targeted audience in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and parts of New York. News about the rival Quarryville groundhog’s forecasts reached Punxsutawney loyalists and was received with varied reactions such as “Quarryville impostor,” “pretender,” and “copycat.” The rivalry grew intense in an effort to steal Punxsutawney’s thunder and identity with Groundhog Day. In 1937, P.L. Smith, publisher of the Spirit, took
Throughout the many years of Punxsutawney’s popularity with Groundhog Day, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club has defended the local tradition against many cities and towns that have sought publicity for their Groundhog Day observances and take attention away from Punxsutawney and Gobbler’s Knob. Seen in the 2018 photo above is a groundhog lodge in Myerstown, Lebanon County, with its groundhog named Uni.
his stand as a defender of the local claim to being “the home of the Groundhog.” With his powerful role with the daily Spirit, he was a strong voice for the “preservation, protection and promulgation of Punxsutawney groundhog folklore.” In his editorial column on February 2 he wrote, “This is the day the Punxsutawney Groundhog takes the rap and on which the world in general becomes Punxsutawney conscious. Quarryville was on the air Sunday with a talk from the Slumbering Lodge. The spokesman had to do a lot of talking to keep the Quarryville Chuck on the map and talk fast to convince himself that Quarryvillians are doing something more than plagiarizing.” Another rivalry developed between Punxsutawney and Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, when a January 1952 story in the Sun Prairie Star-Countryman reported: “Sun Prairie villagers scoffed at a Pennsylvania Congressman’s claim that the Punxsutawney Groundhog is the only one to be trusted.” Residents berated Punxsutawney groundhogs for being “blackened by continual living in the darkness and coal dust of mines.” The Punxsutawney Spirit responded with a reply, “... a remote two-cow village buried somewhere in the wildness of the Mid-West, today joined the list of rebels alien to the cause of Punxsutawney’s established rule as the Groundhog capital of the world.” In order to protect the local Groundhog Day tradition and lore from any impostors, and “protect Punxsutawney’s status as the official home of the Seer of Seers,” the burgess of Punxsutawney in 1952 proclaimed, “Saturday, February 2, as Groundhog Day.” He stated, “For lo, these many years, Punxsutawney residents and more recently
In the 1940s, a new series of post cards was published to promote Punxsutawney’s Centennial celebration and its role as “Home of the Groundhog.” (Post cards from collection of S. Thomas Curry)
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the entire world, have looked forward to our celebrated Groundhog’s annual weather prognostications. Annually, countless states and cities try to climb on the Punxsutawney Groundhog bandwagon and capitalize on publicity that doesn’t belong to them. They’ll continue to do it as long as we keep the Groundhog story to ourselves. Tell people about it no matter where you are. Tell them often.” The battle of words to gain the position of “the true home of the Weather Forecasting Groundhog” continued for years until a debate in 1973 between the East (Quarryville, PA) and the West (Punxsutawney, PA) settled the issue. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Travel and Development recognized that two “famous” groundhogs were located in Pennsylvania. It organized a televised debate between the Slumbering Groundhog Club of Quarryville and the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. It was held at the Philadelphia Zoo. The Punxsutawney representative was Charles Erhard, founder and owner of WPME in 1953. With a powerful voice and entertaining manner “Charlie” was “director of “Groundhogese communication” for the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle. No decision was rendered in that debate. A second televised debate was moved to New York City, on WCBS-TV. From that debate, named the “Great Confrontation,” Punxsutawney was declared the winner in its defense of “Home of the Groundhog.” Later, in Lancaster, a newspaper editorial confirmed what Punxsutawney loyalists knew for years: “Punxsutawney Phil stood supreme in the affections of the nation’s media.” Mr. Erhard became president of the Groundhog Club in 1976, succeeding Sam Light. With his position in radio during those years, four major radio networks and three major TV networks were fed the Groundhog Day story from Punxsutawney. Nearly 300 radio stations across the country were provided the story with live interviews from the station. Through UPI and AP wire news networks, major newspapers across the nation could have front page stories. All the efforts of the past have led to the 21st century and many new electronic entertainment “gadgets” and gimmicks to promote the Groundhog Day legend and lore, Punxsutawney-style. Punxsutawney residents and natives are delighted to hear such comments as, “Spending Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney is something like spending New Year’s Eve in Times Square;” “Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to make a big show out of predicting the end of winter, is a piece of Americana;” “Punxsutawney’s Groundhog Day has to be one of the best promotions for a community in any area of Pennsylvania;” “... whimsy does wonders for the soul, especially in darkest February. That is evident in the small, central Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney, home of the nation’s official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Great Prognosticator, Fearless Forecaster, Lord High Potentate of All Marmota Monax, and Wojack Extraordinary.” It has been said over and over, “A lot of little towns wish they had what Punxsutawney has.” Over many years and through many battles with “copycats,” “impostors” and doubters, Punxsutawney residents can appreciate the dedicated people involved in promoting Punxsutawney with February 2, a tradition of life, fun and excitement. •••
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PUNXSUTAWNEY AREA HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – Explore exhibits about Punxsutawney history, research the genealogy of area families, and browse through the gift shop in the Lattimer House at 400 West Mahoning Street. There are also exhibits in rooms of the historic landmark Bennis House at 401 West Mahoning Street, built in 1903, which is the former home of the Bennis family. Both buildings are just a couple of blocks from downtown. The Coal Memorial – 404 West Mahoning Street honors those who worked in the coal industry in the Punxsutawney area. Open dawn to dusk. Contact the Society at 814-938-2555 or email@example.com
PHIL’S BURROW – Visit Punxsutawney Phil and family in their natural habitat at Phil’s Burrow located off Barclay Square at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library. Watch Phil and the o t h e r groundhogs as they play, eat, and — do what groundhogs do best — sleep! Punxsutawney Phil can be seen from outside or from inside the library.
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Peanut Butter Groundhog Cookies 1/2 cup margarine (1 stick) 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1/4 cup French vanilla (or any other flavor) coffee creamer, or milk 1 1/2 cups flour 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt Icing and/or sugar for decoration
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- Cream the first four ingredients. Add the creamer and egg. Beat again. Sift the dry ingredients and add to the others. Form into a ball and refrigerate in a covered container for several hours or overnight. -Roll dough out on floured counter in small batches. Decorate with any sugars. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until the edges and tails are brown. The small groundhog cookie cutter I have makes about 6 dozen.
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Diamond Rio signed to Arissta Records and d in 1991 with the e release of “Meet In The Middle” became the first country music group in histtory to reach No. 1 with a debutt single. The band d is also known ffor or their hits “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “O One More Day,” “B Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievab ble,” “In A Week orr Two” and more. They released theiir first-ever auttobiography, Bea autiful Mess: The The Stor ory of Diamond Rio on Thomas Nelson in 2009.
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estless Heart lead singer Larry Stewart can remember the exact moment and place his life began to change forever. “I was driving east on I-40 from West Nashville into town to an appointment,” he recalls. “Back then, I was listening to what we were doing in my Jeep Cherokee every day. I had turned the radio on, and ‘Let The Heartache Ride’ was right in the middle of the acapella intro.” Stewart had been living with the song for a while, and hearing it through his car speakers wasn’t that big of a deal – until he looked at the stereo and saw the numbers 97.9. “It didn’t sink in because I had it in the tape deck for days, then I realized, ‘That’s the radio. It’s WSIX.’ I pulled over on the shoulder around White Bridge Road and sat there with my car idling. It was like yesterday.” ‘Yesterday’ has come full circle for Restless Heart. Then one of Nashville’s newest acts, the band celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2013, and Dave Innis enjoys the musical ride now as much as ever. “I think it’s been an amazing legacy, and it’s been such an honor to have been part of an organization that is still together doing it after thirty years with the same five original guys; and, it’s more fun than ever.” John Dittrich, Greg Jennings, Paul Gregg, Dave Innis and Larry Stewart – the men who make up Restless Heart - have enjoyed some of the most successful careers in Country Music history, placing over 25 singles on the charts – with six consecutive #1 hits, four of their albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA, and they have won a wide range of awards from many organizations – including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group trophy. Those stats aside, Innis feels that their career goes much deeper than that. “In the past few years, we have really started to branch out in the community, particularly our work with the Nashville Rescue Mission. We have hosted an event called Restless Heart & Friends – Music With A Mission, that we do at the Schermerhorn Center with the Nashville Symphony. We invite a lot of our friends in the industry across all genres to join us, and all of the money we raise goes to the Nashville Rescue Mission. The other thing that stands out is the tours we have done in support of the men and women of the Armed Forces. We did some tours with the Air Force, going all over the world.” Those audiences have sung along with the band’s
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der and Mike Clute, I Made It is available on iTunes and www.diamondrio.com. Diamond Rio signed to Arista Records and, in 1991, with the release of “Meet In The Middle,” became the first country music group in history to reach No. 1 with a debut single. The band is also known for its hits “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Unbelievable,” “In A Week or Two,” and more. They released their first-ever autobiography, Beautiful Mess: The Story of Diamond Rio on Thomas Nelson in 2009. The band - known for playing every note on every album - recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary, has sold more than 10 million albums, won a Grammy Award, a Dove Award, six Vocal Group of the Year wins (CMA and ACM), has released two Greatest Hit albums, a live project and a Christmas project, has earned five multi-week no. 1 singles, 22 Top-10 singles, three certified Platinum and five gold albums and has released an autobiography – all with zero band member changes. Known for its charity commitments, including long-time spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the band has raised over $1,000,000 for non-profits and has received the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award. www.diamondrio.com Facebook: DiamondRio Twitter: @DiamondRioBand Instagram: diamondrioband •••
records – a shattering string of hits, such as “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Fast Movin’ Train” and “When She Cries.” Stewart says it’s humbling to know that Restless Heart has made an impact. “I’m proud of the fact that we get to hear stories from young artists and musicians that we might have made an impression on or inspiring them to come to town – having number one records, and hearing the stories of what they meant to people: To know that you have been a part of something that made a difference, the power of music, the power of a song, to be a part of something that made a mark.
However big or small of a mark Restless Heart made, it’s still a mark. To be able to appreciate and feel blessed that we got lucky enough to get together. I feel like it was something that was meant to be.” And, the story is far from over, as Stewart says, Restless Heart still has a lot of history to make. “We are still at the top of our game when it comes to singing and playing together. We’ve got some projects we’re working on, and we want to put the Restless Heart brand out to music fans again – to let them know we’re still here and making good music. We’re really looking forward, not trying to rest on our past laurels, we really want to do some new music. We have some fun things we’re considering to celebrate the moment, which we’re trying to put together, and reintroduce ourselves to the world, and take another stab at something.” Restless Heart – Thirty Years and Those Musical “Wheels” are Still Going Strong!“Wheels” are Still Going Strong! •••
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