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Groundhog Day Celebration: CB Style

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This past Saturday, Feb 2, was Groundhog Day and once again the loyal members of inaugural F. O. R. (Friends of Rodents) held their celebration with "Carolina Chuck" on the beach in Carolina Beach.  Their first "Miss Groundhog" Lorna Schley and F.O.R. President George Stouffer presided over the event.  Both gave short speeches and Carolina Chuck emerged from his habitant on the beach and didn't see his shadow at 2pm local time, which means Spring is right around the corner. A champagne toast then took place.   Long Live Chuck!  Many thanks to WECT television news who covered the event and Shuck and Shack Oyster Bar, who provided "Carolina Chuck" wardrobe.
Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.
If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole. If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.
The groundhog tradition stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and the days of early Christians in Europe, and for centuries the custom was to have the clergy bless candles and distribute them to the people. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter and the weather that day was important.