Donna Hughes, head of the Youth Service Division of Handley Regional Library, listens as Bowman Bill whispers whether he saw his shadow Saturday morning at the Bowman Library. Bowman Bill declared he saw his shadow, ensuring all the children attending the event would get chocolate sauce with their vanilla ice cream. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Connor Burge, 2, wearing his groundhog hat, claps as he sits with his dad, Jon Burge of Frederick County, while listening to the Masters Puppeteers.
Sevyn Walton (left), 8, and her sister, Skylar, 3, color their Bowman Bill groundhogs Saturday at the Bowman Library. They were participating in the Bowman Bill Groundhog Day event. The girls were with their mother, Chesiree Walton of Stephenson. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
ABOVE: Noah Mandel, 2, freezes as he does “The Freeze” dance at the Bowman Bill Groundhog Day event. He was with his mother, Cassie Mandel of Stephens City. BELOW: Eliezer Santos (from left), 12, Yoselin, 8, and Bernardo III, 5, sport their Bowman Bill hats. They were with their father, Bernardo Santos Jr. of Frederick County.
Early Saturday morning, about 150 miles northwest of Winchester, the venerable Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring.