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Punxsutawney Phil

February 1st, 2019

Punxsutawney Phil is believed to be only 39% accurate in his prediction of spring’s arrival. Yet, regardless of his accuracy, Groundhog Day is a celebration of community. February 2nd marks the midpoint of winter and spring solstice.  When German settlers arrived in Pennsylvania, they chose the groundhog in lieu of a badger to continue the tradition of predicting spring’s arrival.  Punxsutawney Phil is one of many groundhogs throughout the country that now climbs out of his hole with an assembly of onlookers to see if he will or will not see his shadow.  Legend has it that if he sees his shadow and retreats back to his burrow then we will have six more weeks or winter, but if he does not, then spring will arrive early.

On Groundhog Day, we gather together to anticipate the outcome, converse, collaborate, and enjoy one another’s company during this midpoint of the winter season.  The Litchfield Hills offer many closely knit communities and many gathering places where people connect – a welcoming ambiance filled with interesting conversation.  February 2nd is one of many days throughout the region where we celebrate, connect, and collaborate.

Cafes throughout the region offer a wonderful gathering place to immerse yourselves in Berkshire living.

Irving Farms, Millerton, NY

Provisions Cafe, Salisbury, CT

JP Giffords, Sharon, CT

Sweet William’s, Salisbury, CT

Green Cafe, Lakeville, CT

Berkshire Country Store, Norfolk, CT

Marketplace, Sheffield, MA

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