The nationally known groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow too, predicting six more weeks of winter. His prediction came in around 7:30 a.m. in Punxsutawney, Pa., where there were overcast skies and scattered snow and rain showers.
Washington Post columnist John Kelly reported that the groundhog is “currently taxidermied,” according to Aaron DeNu, the organizer of the Groundhog Day celebration.
In his Monday column, Kelly writes — “In Pennsylvania, they say that Punxsutawney Phil is kept alive by a magic elixir. We’re looking to get that magic elixir for Potomac Phil.”
Kelly goes on to say that Aaron heads up Dupont Festival, a nonprofit organization that in warmer months screens movies at the circle, hosts plays and concerts and sponsors chess tournaments. Three years ago, seeing a vacuum in the District’s groundhog-related festivities, Aaron launched this event.