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20 years of Woodstock’s ‘Groundhog Day’

Woodstock Willie outside the historic Woodstock Opera House.

Woodstock Willie outside the historic Woodstock Opera House.

It’s been two decades since the Bill Murray comedy “Groundhog Day,” filmed in Woodstock, Ill., was released.

Since then, the film has gained a cult following that attracts fans to the picturesque exurb again and again, especially for its annual festivities around Feb. 2.

This year, Woodstock is pulling out all the stops for its 20th anniversary Groundhog Days Celebration:

  • Feb. 1: Welcoming the Groundhog, fireworks, movie trivia Game.

  • Feb. 2: Groundhog prognostication, official breakfast at Pirro’s Restaurante, movie showing.

  • Feb. 3: Shake Off the Winter Blues Dinner-Dance.

  • Feb. 4: Movie showing, “Groundhog Tales” storytelling, chili cook-off at Stage Left Cafe, guided walking tour of film sites, movie symposium, and a new event called “Take 17: Lights, Camera, Auction” with dinner, cocktails, music, raffles, live and silent auctions.

  • Feb. 5: Movie showing, guided walking tour of film sites.

Many of these events are free, but some require reservations and advance tickets. For details, see the website or call (815) 338-4483.