Groundhog Day Event Recap

February 13, 2014 in Events, Photo Gallery by brian

Thanks to everyone who participated in Shipoke’s first annual Groundhog Day Celebration. Nearly 100┬áneighbors and friends joined us to hear Shipoke Sheena’s prediction of an early Spring. The event kicked off with Mira Witwer performing the “Star Spangled Banner” on her violin, followed by Rev. Hal Fox leading the group in singing, “Ain’t Nothing But a Groundhog” and announcing Shipoke Sheena’s prediction. Mayor Eric Papenfuse, a former Shipoke resident, shared his fond memories of the neighborhood and reassured residents that he is working hard to protect their flood insurance concerns.


After the formal ceremony, everyone retreated indoors and enjoyed coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, and cookies inside at the former site of Char’s Bella Mundo restaurant. Harrrisburg musician and artist Jonathan Frazier performed “I’m Alright,” the groundhog’s theme from the movie, Caddyshack, and Shipoke resident Mary Lou Dallum led storytelling and games for the children. Kids also received chocolate groundhogs and Shipoke Sheena coloring books illustrated by SNA Board member Amanda Beaudoin with a story by Joanne Kaldy.


The event received press coverage from the Patriot News and local television news shows. Additionally, SNA Board members Kathy Dunbar and Joanne Kaldy, along with Shipoke Sheena (aka, Bubble the chihuahua), appeared as guests on the show, Good Day PA, on ABC 27.


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