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Today is groundhog Day

As every year, we take out East Village Woody and make our own prediction

This year he didn’t see his shadow

here’s another shadowless sunrise for you

unlike say, in 2007

when he went against the most established Groundhogs predictions and was proven right.

or last year, when he agreed with the rest of them

So, East Village Woody has a good record under his fuzzy belt!

And for those of you driving today, the yearly reminder: Don’t drive angry!

I changed the title because – here’s our little secret: East Village Woody is not an actual groundgog. he is a woodchuck! But don’t tell my daughter!

And also, keep the dirty jokes to yourself!

Linking to a Donna Hennes article about the significance of today

February second is the exact halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.

It is customary in many places to foretell future spring weather conditions on this halfway marker of winter, which is celebrated as Imbolc in the Celtic tradition, Li Chu’un by the Chinese and Candlemas by the Christian Church. In Greece, people maintain that whatever the weather on Candlemas Day, it will continue the same for the 40 days to follow.

And let’s not forget dear Staten Island Chuck. He may fail to see his shadow on perfectly sunny days, but has other endearing qualities


I see Punxatawney Phil got things wrong AGAIN. Staten Island Chuck, OTOH, was right this time!

See their 2007 prediction

Punxutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck didn’t see their shadow – so they predicted an early spring. However, East Village Woody – that’s another story. So, in East Village, 6 more weeks if winter. Sorry Phil!

and the reality update

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Update on Groundhogs and weather – it’s cold!

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First seedlings

I planted 15 seeds February 16 – eggplant, basil and gogosar. Basil came up first, then gogosar – in 4 days.

In about 2 weeks, 2 eggplants

next seeds get planted march 12

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Groundhog Day

The G day is here and as you may imagine, Woody saw his shadow

(and I saw mine as well).

So, here are the people who called it right from Maya’s interviews yesterday: Bonny, Michelle, Arish, Johnny,Stella, Elisabeth, Jeff and Maddie.

We also decided to accept “Woof” from Boongo and “Meow” from Knowser as good guesses.


The rest of us may be still proven right by the weather. I shall keep track – just as I did 2 years ago when Woody predicted a long winter and Phil and Chuck a short one – Woody was right! In the meanwhile, remember: Don’t drive angry!

and remember the Groundhog Day party last year?


Staten island Chuck cheated again, lying through his big teeth: said “No shadow”

Staten Island Chuck to Punxsutawney Phil: Fugetaboutit!(Phil saw his shadow)

I have checked the meteorological map – there was no cloud over Staten Island anymore than over Manhattan

But Chuck gets points for style anyway:

The Staten Island Advance reports that the interaction between Chuck and the mayor was pretty amusing, “Though Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried luring Chuck out of his house with an ear of corn, Chuck snapped at the mayor’s hand, grabbed the tasty treat and ran back in. As Bloomberg reached for him, the groundhog tried hiding in the corner before eventually being lifted out.”

Second update

The second part of the day was cloudy so, I would say – 3 weeks of winter?

or going with Charlie’s prediction:

“dubious shadow”

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Imbolc/Groundhog Day party

One of the best parties of the year is still going on! We were blessed with miraculous wether – after yesterday 20s, we had 53 degrees today! No wonder East Village Woody came out one day earlier and showed up in the garden

to interview people and find out about our predictions

We’ll see tomorrow who was right and who was wrong

We had a fire, dance and playing

…music and jumping over the fire – just watch the video

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