Every year, Punxsutawney Phil and the Inner Circle make many appearances. These appearances range anywhere from school assemblies, parades, elderly care facilities, corporate events, and much more.
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What do you get when you take a pile of stone, concrete and steel and add a considerable amount of conceptualization, commitment, cooperation and generosity of the people of Punxsutawney? Well in Punxsy you get the beautiful and impressive new entrance arch to Gobbler's Knob. When the subject of improvements to Gobbler's Knob was broached at a meeting one of the questions was, "Why improve the entrance?" I think the answer exposes one of the real reasons the Inner Circle of the Groundhog Club exists. The answer is to give visitors to the Knob a sense that they are coming to a special place.
The arch is a symbol of altruism, a desire to do something for others without benefit to one's self and it echoes the real purpose for the celebration of Groundhog Day. It is hard to explain the rationale for putting on an event like Groundhog Day let alone the year- long activities and work that support and promote the legend of Punxsutawney Phil. After all, we aren't curing disease or making a sweeping cultural change, there is no personal benefit except for a brief moment of notoriety which is mostly local. So what gives? We put on a party in the middle of winter to give us all a respite from the tedium of winter and maybe a little break for the weight of what we see in the news. The rest of the year is mostly to lay the groundwork for the next Groundhog Day. And whether it is February 2nd or any other day of the year we want visitors to Gobbler's Knob to know we appreciate their attendance, thus the arch.
So if you come up to the Knob and happen to meet any Inner Circle members make sure to say "Hi" we love to meet you. If you are lucky enough to meet "Fair Weatherman" or "Shingle Shaker" give them an extra Atta boy for the commitment they showed during the planning and construction of the new entrance. If you see any of the wonderful local people who contributed money or expertise for the arch tell them "thanks" for their part in making Gobbler's Knob a little more special for your visit. Most of all understand we are doing this for you and please have a great time.
There has been an Iceman in the GHC since the early writing of Philip Freas. The iceman was the guy who went out on the lakes, ponds and streams to cut Ice for the Ice boxes that all of the homes had in the area. The Iceman never wanted an early spring because that cut into his ability to always have enough ice on hand throughout the year for the ice boxes if we had an early spring he could run out of ice and in turn cut into his profits for the upcoming year.. The Iceman will always want 6 more weeks of winter he liked making money from the cold winter weather! Thus the answer to my question. Why is there an Iceman in the Inner Circle?
June 1st 2012
Parades are a staple for the summer time and patriotic season around the western PA area. Each small town has a parade to celebrate many different things. Whether it is the Fireman's Parade in Punxsy or the Laurel Festival in Brookville PA, each have their own special reason. Punxsutawney Phil gets invited to numerous parades around the area. Parades are very unique from other appearances that Phil makes. It is a great way for people to get to see Phil and the Inner Circle during the warm summer months then on the potentially blustery cold winter day, February 2nd. Attending a parades require planning and preparation. To get ready, the Inner Circle packs up the Groundhog Bus with all the needed Phil supplies and goodies for onlookers. During a parade the Inner Circle is adorned with top hats and Phil either rides along on the front or is held by one of his handlers. Parades are a great time for all!
October 1, 2012
Well faithful readers it is getting close to the time Phil and the rest of the groundhogs that inhabit Phil's Burrow begin their march toward hibernation. While they're not quite there yet, Phil and the others are showing signs of at least preparing for hibernation. Their appetites have picked up a little in a last ditch attempt to fatten up for the winter. Soon they will be eating very little. The hay in their burrows has been rearranged into a tighter formation to shield them from the light and provide a little more warmth than what they need in the spring and summer. Their summer fur has been stored in totes and put away in the attic and their winter fur brought down. While they do not drink a lot of water because of the moisture they get from the vegetables they are given, their consumption has gone down to cut down on trips to the bathroom throughout the winter. With the exception of a little hair missing around their haunches, their coats have thickened up.Phil and friends never go into complete hibernation because of the conditions at "The Burrow". It is kept at a constant temperature higher than what his relatives in the wild enjoy. And because Ron and I are afraid of the dark there are usually lights on in the burrow and outer sanctum. Burrows in the wild are approximately 3 feet deep in the ground and devoid of light. For those of you that are concerned that we are disrupting the normal pattern of their hibernation you needn't be. Please remember that, with the exception of Phil, these are all rescued at infancy groundhogs and this has become the norm for them. And Phil, well he's been around for over 127 years and it hasn't seemed to bother him yet.See you Groundhog Day John Griffiths - Co Handler