Weather may hamper Woodstock, Illinois', big Groundhog Day plans

February 1, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Woodstock rose to fame when filmmaker Harold Ramis brought Bill Murray to town to film 'Groundhog Day.'

In a suburban Illinois town everyone looks to one creature for their winter forecast. That would be Woodstock Willie, aka the town’s version of Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania. Woodstock, Illinois, got its 15 minutes of fame when the movie Groundhog Day was filmed there. And every year they welcome back the groundhog with a series of events.

Maggie Crane is part of the Woodstock’s Intersquare Committee charged with organizing Groundhog Day activities in Woodstock. Crane joined Eight Forty-Eight to talk about what’s going on with the celebrations.