‘Lou Jack’ doesn’t see shadow, early spring on the way

SURREY – More than 200 kids and adults put on a happy face to attend Newton’s first annual Groundhog Day celebration, despite the rain in the Grove, on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 1).


While Groundhog Day celebrations are typically held on Feb. 2, the Newton Business Improvement Association held its event on Sunday, Feb. 1, which marks a first for the new organization.


The event, which kicked off at noon, included free hot chocolate, cupcakes, kids activities, entertainment by local singersongwriter Neil Harnett, storytelling and a visit from Lou Jack the groundhog, who poked his head out at 1 p.m. and did not see his shadow, indicating that an early spring is on the way.


Ending the activities at the Grove at 2 p.m., some attendees headed to Newton’s Hollywood 3 Cinemas to catch a free screening of the 1993 flick Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray.