|This plaque at Gobbler's Knob, in Punxsutawney, PA, elucidates the lore of |
Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day, celebrated every February 2nd
I won't mention what mild weather we've had this winter, lest we be cursed with constant, dreadful storms to finish off the "off-season" with a bang. Suffice it to say we've made it through January, generally the coldest month in Provincetown winters, without too much fuss, and if grand prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow today at Gobbler's Knob, then we're out of the woods, so to speak.
|Contributed photo/Groundhog Day Inner Circle|
According to groundhog legend and lore, that will mean that America is doomed to six more weeks of winter rather than an early spring. But if this winter continues the way it has been going, I won't mind.
Going out in a sweater instead of an overcoat has been just my cup of tea this season, and although this warm weather is actually terrible for the planet, it's been good for my spirits, and I figure that even if it starts snowing tonight and doesn't stop until April, we'll still break even compared to last winter. As of now, we're scheduled for at least another 9 or 10 days of warm weather before temperatures dip.
People love any excuse to come to PTown to celebrate, even in the dead of winter, as evidenced by the great success of our First Light celebration over New Years. What sort of mascot might Provincetown come up with to expand a bit on the few parties here that already celebrate this groundhog's "holiday?"
Regardless of the kind of weather we have over these next six weeks, I think I can count on at least one positive thing, for sure… I won't ever have to look up how to spell Punxsutawney again. By George, I think I've got it!