Punxsutawney Phil will give the world his annual weather forecast next Friday, February 2, from Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Legend has it that on the morning of February 2, if Punxsy Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it cannot see its shadow, spring is on its way.
The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club was organized in the 1880’s and continues the festivities and has been doing so for one-hundred thirty years.
As an official Punxsutawney ambassador I take this holiday with a certain amount of seriousness and a good amount of fun.
Punxsy Phil is the one and only weather forecaster of importance. There are imposters but Punxsy Phil is the only one of importance to those in the know. Beware of imposters.
The authentic groundhog-shaped crispy gingerbread cookie recipe came from Elaine Light whose husband was a much loved Groundhog Club president for many years. Elaine was the inspiration for the highly successful Cooking with the Groundhog cookbooks. I have known and respected Elaine and her late husband Sam since I was very young.
There is still time to order an authentic groundhog cookie cutter from the souvenir shop at the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce. Their number is 1-800-269-0004. There is a small size and a larger size cookie cutter in addition to many other groundhog souvenirs. I use the special Punxsy Phil napkins at my own parties.
During my teaching years my class would enter the classroom after lunch and I would surprise them with groundhog cookies standing on a square of ice-cream and
sees his shadow of chocolate sauce. After twenty-five years most of the students knew that February 2 was a big holiday for me
If you do not have an official cookie cutter you can use a round cutter but it won’t really be the same. Bon appétit and Happy Groundhog Day.