Once again, a slumbering groundhog will awaken and make his prognostication.
In honor of this momentous occasion, the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge of Quarryville invites the community to its 110th observance of Groundhog Day on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Chateau in the Valley of White Rock, south of Quarryville.
Known worldwide (or at least in Lancaster County) for the annual weather forecast that predicts an early spring or six more weeks of winter, the lodge will give this year's forecast from atop the Pinnacle of Prognostication (a manure spreader). Festivities will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the ceremonial parade from the covered bridge. Coffee and doughnuts will be served!
Making the pronouncement will be Hibernating Governor Richard M. Rankin, following consultation with Octorara Orphie, the club's groundhog mascot, and hearing groundhog sighting reports from a half-dozen observation squads. Remarks will follow accompanied by the Groundhog Marching Band.
Every year, a new class of “babies” is inducted into the lodge. Those who will embark on “an odyssey into the prophetic world of Arctomanciferial Predictification.
The “babies” will undergo baptism by fire and water, meaning that one lucky inductee will be dunked into the icy waters of the Octorara Creek, and then a cannon will be fired over the baby's hindmost parts.
What will Octorara Orphie predict this year??