Just don't take the brown acid. Oh, sorry, that's another Woodstock. If you want to get in the fun of Groundhog Day, there's a great weekend trip up the road.
Forget Forget Punxsutawney Phil and Gobbler's Knob, PA. Woodstock, IL, is the place to be tomorrow—Saturday, Feb. 2, Groundhog Day 2013. As the Woodstock groundhog website will tell you, Woodstock is located 51 miles northwest of the Chicago loop. It's just 39.6 miles from Geneva, so clearly it's the superior destination point if you care deeply about furry weather forecasters not named Al Roker. We're not bragging, but the score in 2012 was Woodstock 1, Gobbler's Knob 0 as far as predicting a shorter winter. Woodstock, of course, is the place where the excellent Ramis comedy starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott was shot. Woodstock’s weeklong Groundhog Day celebration already is in full swing at the Woodstock Opera …
On this anniversary of the big blizzard of 2011, we're seeing warm weather and Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow. But Woodstock Willie, bless him, does not. So it's winter in Gobbler's Knob and party time in our neck of the woods.
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- Rick Nagel
Thursday, February 2, 2012
This just in: Woodstock Willie rules! Yes, our Woodstock champion says we're done with winter, while the "famous" Punxsutawney Phil says it's six more weeks. I'm willing to say, as my daughter Tricia sometimes does, "We win." Yes, the next time you think about calling it "dense fog," try picking a kinder adjective, because that's what kept Willie from seeing his shadow this morning, Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, in beautiful downtown Woodstock. Phil, meanwhile, saw his shadow, read some bad poetry and proclaimed that the reports of winter's demise are greatly exaggerated. "Many shadows do I see, six more weeks of winter it must be," says the guy in that funny hat in the YouTube video attached here. And while PP says we'll see six more weeks, I'm …