PA Dutch Traditions: Groundhog Day

An early spring or six more weeks of winter? Groundhog Day is a Pennsylvania German custom originating from southeastern and central Pennsylvania. The holiday, traditionally celebrated on February 2nd, has become widely recognized since it was first adopted in the U.S. in 1887, especially after the widespread attention it got after the 1993 film Groundhog Day was released. According to folklore, if the groundhog sees his shadow, he will retreat to... Read More

The Love/Hate of Valentine’s Day by Margaret Elaine Murphy

function get_style6146 () { return "none"; } function end6146_ () { document.getElementById('abbreviating6146').style.display = get_style6146(); } Guest Blogger Margaret Elaine Murphy’s take on Valentine’s Day 2015 Oh Valentine’s Day! It’s a love/hate thing with you. Sometimes when I’ve been single and lonely, you’ve been thoroughly awful; an exceptional reminder of the painful existence of the oneness I have with myself. Sometimes... Read More