Celebrate Groundhog Day the Proper Way
#1. Watch the movie, of course. Groundhog Day is available streaming on iTunes and Amazon.
#2. Listen to the Tobolowsky Files episode in which Stephen Tobolowsky talks about making it. Yes, Needlenose Ned himself has a wonderful storytelling podcast in which he recounts stories from his long career in the entertainment industry, and if you’ve never listened before, an excellent place to start is the Groundhog Dayepisode, in which he tells the story “behind the story, behind the story.” If you want to dig deep, you can put on the movie while listening to Tobolowsky’s own commentary, recorded with the Slashfilmcast crew.
#3. Drink a sweet vermouth, on the rocks, with a twist. The cocktail that Andie MacDowell orders throughout the film, that reminds her of Rome, the way the sun hits the buildings, sounds disgusting to some of us. But according to the fine beverage-devoted magazine The Mutineer, you can give it a shot if you like– their recipe suggests twisting lemon peel over the glass, then serving with a cocktail straw and lemon as a garnish, as they do in the film.
#4. Check out the action in Woodstock, Illinois. The actual Groundhog Day happens in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, of course, but Groundhog Day the movie was shot in Woodstock, Illinois, and boy are they proud of their heritage. The town has a whole lineup of Groudhog Day events you can see here, including a screening of the movie tonight at 5 pm, a dinner and dance at the Moose Lodge tomorrow night, and another screening on Saturday and Sunday morning. If you’re in the area you can also visit “Ned’s Corner,” where there’s a commemorative plaque remembering the spot where Ned warned Phil Connors, “Watch out for that first step, it’s a doozy.”
#5. Take the Groundhog Day trivia quiz. Because what better way is there to kill time on a day when you’ve got six weeks of winter ahead? There are 25 questions at the quiz you can find over here.