Celebrating Woodstock Groundhog Day with Woodstock Willie

Celebrating 30 years since the making of “Groundhog Day the Movie” in Woodstock with a first-time trip to Woodstock’s Groundhog Day event seemed like a pretty good way to start the morning. Admittedly, I wasn’t entirely convinced that was going to be the case on the drive up in the snow. I was certainly in good company though as there were many other first-timers and many, many more regulars, who I imagine would have been there regardless of the weather. Richard Henzel, the voice of the main DJ from the movie was on hand to recreate the morning radio announcement from the movie. Fortunately, the weather didn’t recreate the blizzard scene from the movie.

Today’s prognostication was only one small part of the day. Not only were there additional festivities today, but today’s activities draw to close nearly a week of Groundhog Days events.

Top hats off to the official Woodstock Groundhog Days Committee and the many sponsors that have made this a festival of fun.

Of course, Woodstock Willie and the movie have firmly planted themselves into the fabric of Woodstock. Be sure, perhaps in warmer weather, to check out the Woodstock Mural & Sculpture Garden.

Now, Woodstock Willie claimed early spring…only time will tell.

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