Celebrate Groundhog Day near McHenry County Homes

McHenry County homesEach year on February 2, millions watch to see if Punxsutawney Phil is going to see his shadow, declaring six more weeks of winter. Groundhog Day has become a popular tradition over the years as Phil has supported political events, rooted for area sports teams and starred in a Hollywood movie alongside Bill Murray. When it came time to choose a location for the Groundhog Day film, Harold Ramis, the movie’s director, chose Woodstock, IL because of the perfect town square. In celebration of the movie’s location, residents of McHenry County homes gather together each year to celebrate Groundhog Days.
Woodstock, IL is the country seat of McHenry County and was the last location visited by Ramis and his crew. They scouted all of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois looking for the ideal location, but when they drove into Woodstock they immediately knew it was the perfect town. Visitors to the town will recognize several storefronts from the movie and commemorative plaques are placed throughout town to point out different film locations.
Since 1995, residents of McHenry County have come together to celebrate the day and movie with food and fun. Groundhog Days allows residents of all ages to celebrate the day with a series of events including a chili cook-off, bags tournament, bowling, storytelling and more. Individuals can also take a guided walking tour of film locations with stories told by people who were a part of the movie-making process. The Groundhog Day movie will also be shown at Classic Cinemas for free on Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
McHenry County residents will not have to watch TV to learn whether or not a groundhog sees his shadow. Woodstock Willie may not be Phil, but he has become the beloved groundhog of Woodstock and will emerge from his tree trunk home around 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning to let us know if there will be a long winter or early spring. To wake up Willie from his winter nap, a Polka band will play on the bandstand on the Square, just like in the movie.
Woodstock has become a special place on Groundhog Day, not only for McHenry County residents, but for movie lovers around the country. To learn more about Groundhog Days and for a full schedule of events, visit www.woodstockgroundhog.org.
As a McHenry County home builder, Gerstad Builders offers individuals the opportunity to experience the history and beauty of this beloved movie location year round. They build in two single-family home communities located in McHenry County: Liberty Trails in McHenry and The Trails of Pheasant Ridge in Richmond. Additionally, Gerstad Builders offers beautiful new homes in nearby Poplar Grove and Williams Bay. For more information on all of their extraordinary communities, visit www.GerstadBuilders.com.

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