Shipoke Sheena Predicts: Early Spring!
Nearly 100 Shipoke residents, family members, and friends came out on Saturday, January 31, for our second annual Grounddog Day celebration. Shipoke Sheena, our furry prognosticator, predicted an early Spring, to the great delight of her audience. Rev. Hal Fox MCed the program, and Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse spoke briefly, reminiscing about his days as a Shipoke resident and lauding the neighborhood’s wonderful camaraderie. Terry Crouteau, a local performer and friends of many in the neighborhood, sang the National Anthem. Shipoke mail carrier “Big Al” and Shipoke dog Max served as Shipoke Sheena’s bodyguards and escorts.
After the ceremony, which was held in the Conoy Street Kiddie Park, the ground moved across the street to a historic carriage house for coffee, donuts, and other goodies. Shipoker Mary Lou Dallam read stories and led a children’s arts and crafts program. Area artist and musician Jonathan Frazier performed for the groups, singing songs including “I’m Alright,” the event’s theme song.
While other communities celebrate Groundhog Day, we celebrate Grounddog Day because Shipoke Sheena is not a groundhog, but a dog in a groundhog–or bear–costume.
Several media outlets covered the event: