When Feb. 2 comes around this year, instead of merely wondering if Punxsutawney Phil gets it right for Pennsylvania’s weather, learn what a Midwest groundhog predicts. Then, treat yourself to the “Groundhog Day” that TV weatherman Phil Conners experienced in the classic 1993 romantic comedy.
The movie, starring Bill Murray as Conners and Andie MacDowell as TV producer Rita, was directed and shot by Harold Ramis in Woodstock, an Illinois town with a picturesque square about 50 miles northwest of Chicago.
In Woodstock, the spring prognosticator is Woodstock Willie who will come out at 7 a.m. A Groundhog Days Breakfast follows at the Woodstock VFW but don’t worry if that all sounds too early.
The day includes a free, 10 a.m. showing of “Groundhog Day” at a movie theater at the square and a 1:30 p.m. guided, walking tour of the movie’s scenes including the Cherry Street Inn (Royal Victorian Manor Bed & Breakfast) where Murray continuously woke up to Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” on the radio alarm clock. A symposium to share movie trivia and insider info is 3-4 p.m. at the Stage Left Café.
Or come on Sunday for a repeat free movie showing and tour.
“It’s fun to do,” said Groundhog Days committee member Rick Bellairs. “The movie has become a classic.”
To turn the Woodstock visit into a getaway, look for restaurants and accommodations at the McHenry County Convention & Visitors Bureau or call 888-363-6177.
For more Groundhog Day information call 815-334-2620 and visit Woodstock Groundhog Days and Groundhog.