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Essex Ed Parade ~ Celebrate Groundhog Day with Connecticut’s Own~

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Happy New Year Everyone & Welcome to 2009 !

It’s going to be an exciting year here at Roxy’s Best of…Hartford, Connecticut ~ I have many great tips, day trips and notices of happenings planned for you!

We’ve made it through the major holidays and hopefully won’t get hammered by too many Nor’easters.

Before you know it, February will be here.  That means Groundhog Day will be right around the corner.

Essex Ed Groundhog Day Parade

I’d like you to find your calendar and Save The Date ~ Sunday, February 8, 2009.

Gas prices are going down and it’ll be a perfect opportunity for the whole family to attend a parade (did I say Parade, in winter?) in historic Essex, Connecticut!

The charming village of Essex has celebrated  Groundhog Day by hosting a parade with the center of attraction being Essex Ed, an almost 8-foot tall, 200 pound foam and fiberglass character known for his infamous weather predictions!

Not to be outdone by Punxsutawney Phil, of Pennsylvania ~ Connecticut Yankees have come up with their own lovable winter rodent.

Essex Ed is known for his ever-changing colorful costumes, which at times have included him being a firefighter, Professor Hill from the musical The Music Man and the Dutch explorer Adriaen Block.

So put on those home-made winter wooley caps, mittens and scarves that Grandma made, and visit Essex Village.  Don’t forget to bring your pots and pans to bang on ~ which is the thing to do and is meant to symbolize “waking Essex Ed up” so we can bid goodbye to the snow and ice & herald the welcoming of Spring!

Essex Ed’s normal parade route is down Main Street.

While you’re there ~ plenty of opportunities will be available for you to stop and warm up while enjoying the local fare at restaurants and bistros.  We’ve enjoyed some wonderful grub and grog at The Black Seal ~ and you’ll love the atmosphere!

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Cindi is the author of Moomettesgram’s Musings for WAHM tips, Moomette’s Magnificents Reviews, and Mama Mentor for personal musings and observations of a Baby Boomer Wife, Mom & Grandmother from New England. She is also the Editor of Timeless BlissFollow Moomettesgram on Twitter.

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  • Roxy
    5:02 pm on January 4th, 2009 1

    Hey, Moomette, thanks for sharing… sounds like a great event! Here in Mendham, we have Roxiticus Roxy, the groundhog who eats all of Rex’s heirloom tomatoes every summer. She doesn’t go out on a local parade route, mostly she just lolls about in our backyard waiting for her summertime harvest.

    Happy New Year!


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