Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil ready to make his forecast

February 01, 2011|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun

Yes, indeed, it's that time of year — again. Fuzzy Punxsutawney Phil emerges from hibernation Wednesday to give his annual forecast. And after last week's thundersnow, if that little groundhog sees his shadow, leading to six more weeks of winter — he's in big trouble. (It doesn't help that some are already forecasting a "Groundhog Day" storm.)

In addition to the main event, the folks who live near Gobbler's Knob, where Phil's prediction takes place, have planned a burrow full of activities for visitors, including an art show, souvenir show, book signings, chili cookoff, comedy club night and much more.

The plan: Punxsutawney Phil gets up bright and early on Wednesday. His prediction takes place at approximately 7:25 a.m. The gate opens at Gobbler's Knob at 3 a.m., when a bonfire also gets going. There is no shelter, so visitors are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather.

The details: Groundhog Day takes place in Punxsutawney, Pa., about 250 miles from Baltimore. Most of the parking in town is free, but shuttle buses will also be provided. For a schedule of events and more information, go to

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