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Ask a Naturalist: Is a groundhog’s shadow a harbinger of spring?

Ask a Naturalist: Is a groundhog’s shadow a harbinger of spring?

While Groundhog Day was first celebrated in 1887 (in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, famously), the myth finds its origins in the Christian holyday of Candlemas: by which the length of winter was measured and calculated in candles. The Germans were the first to associate the ritual with the groundhog, developing the curious myth that we all know: If the groundhog emerges from its hole and sees its shadow, it becomes frightened and retreats back into the hole, prophesying six more weeks of harsh winter. If it sees no shadow, the way is cleared for an early spring.

BSP hosts Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones in a benefit for the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network

BSP hosts Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones in a benefit for the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network

Saturday, Jan. 18: Named the “Best Up-and-Coming Band” by New York’s Hudson Valley Magazine, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones have done a six-week tour with the Brian Setzer Orchestra and regional tours with the Blasters and the Reverend Horton Heat. The band has also had the privilege of supporting Joan Jett, Tiger Army, Gary US Bonds, Dale Watson, Big Sandy, Wayne Hancock, the 5678s and America.