Most important day of the year in Quarryville Pa—Groundhog Day Localism

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Most important day of the year in Quarryville Pa-Groundhog Day localism

 One hundred and three years ago some upstanding citizens of a small town in Lancaster county Pennsylvania, declared to the world that their groundhog had seen his shadow.  Thereby predicting that there would be six more weeks of winter. 

 Since then the members of Quarryville's Slumbering Groundhog Lodge have faithfully gathered every year to observe Orphie and his extended family then give their reports to the Hibernating governor.  The current hibernating governor is Rick Rankin who is also the CEO of one of Lancaster County's largest and most respected insurance agencies. 

According to folklore, if the groundhog emerges from his burrow and sees his shadow, he will retreat underground and there will be "six more weeks of winter".  If the groundhog does not see his shadow "spring will be right around the corner".  The fun continues as the lodge members read how the media twists and adds to the prognostication.  This morning Governor Rankin announced that there would be six more weeks of winter.  The announcement was made from atop the Pinnacle of Prognostication which was made from an old manure spreader.

 Although other groundhogs, like the publicity seeking Punxsutawney Phil, claim to represent the groundhogs of the world, OCTORARO ORPHIE is the accepted and true representive of his breed.  Quarryville Pa is proud to be able to state with certainty that Orphie has NEVER been wrong in his one hundred and three year history and is the only animal to have a day on the calendar named in his honor.

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Laurie Kreider

Great picture Gerry and thanks for sharing all about this special day in Quarryville.

In 1999, when I was expecting with my daughter I was asked which day to schedule the surgery.  I   could choose between February 2 or 5th.   A no brainer to chose the 5th because I knew most of the family would be at the Groundhog Lodge for the festivities on Groundhog day (her grandfather is a member) and would be late to the arrival of their granddaughter.   All went well for both celebrations :)  Come on Spring ~~ Go STEELERS!

 

 

February 04, 2011 08:52 PM
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Tiera Graver
Keller Williams Realty Lancaster

I wish one year he would be wrong and Spring would come just a little earlier!!

February 05, 2011 12:59 PM
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Lindsey kidd

in tennessee ( where im from) we dontcare about ground hog day!!!!!!!

 

February 07, 2011 02:46 PM
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Don Hess
RE/MAX Associates Of Lancaster

Great article Jerry! If memory serves me I think the photo is a couple years old. I think I saw it before. Either that or you're using Grecian Formula in your beard now. :) Are you still active in the lodge? Take care.

Don

February 09, 2011 02:43 PM
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monica johnson

How can i get info about the groundhog event in Quarryville?  I would like to take my kids here--- is it for children--educational?  I've only lived in this county for 5 yrs. 

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