Big fun this week in Woodstock, Illinois, as they observe the 20th anniversary of the very funny "Groundhpg Day" movie. After much looking, the producer and director of the movie chose this town, about 50 miles northwest of Chicago, to stand in for Punxsutawney, (and I spelled it without looking it up) Pennsylvania. The big reason was because of the beautiful old square, which tied into Bill Murray's being trapped. The real Punxsutawney is what is called a linear main street one with buildings mostly along one road.
SATURDAY is the best day of all. They kick it off at 10 AM with a free showing of the movie at the Woodstock Theatre which stood in during the film as the Alpine.
Then, there is the Chili Cookoff from noon to 1:15 PM, and Ireally LOVE my chili.
Then, at 1:30, there is the walking tour of filming spots, usually led by Bob Hudgins, who was the person mainly responsible for the movie being filmed in Woodstock. The first year I went, Steve Tobolowski, old Needle-Nose Ned himself led it.
Lastly, from 3-4 PM, they have the "Groundhog Day" Movie Symposium.
SUNDAY they have the movie at 10 and the walking tour.
But, Then, That's Also Super Bowl Day. --RoadDog