On Wednesday, February 2nd, Cumberland’s furry prognosticator, Murray, will be honored with the introduction of a new mascot who will help answer the question, “Will it be an early Spring or six more weeks of Winter?” On hand to interpret the prediction will be Mayor Raymond Morriss, City Council members and special guest Bob Candy of the Tri-State Zoological Park.
The program will begin at 7 a.m. with Mayor Morriss reading the Proclamation, and our new mascot will be making an appearance at sunrise, 7:22 a.m. The event is open to all revelers who wish to view the prognostication from City Hall Plaza. Attendees can partake in coffee and hot chocolate from Café Mark as well as special Groundhog shaped cookies from M&M Bake Shop. WCBC Radio (1270 AM, 103.1 FM and 107.1 FM) will also be broadcasting live.
A coloring contest is underway for youngsters, with a Groundhog themed prize pack for the most unique entry in each grade level (Pre-K through Grade 5). Coloring sheets are available in a number of ways:
- Download from the website: https://www.cumberlandmd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3558/Coloring-Sheet-2022
- Download from the Facebook page
- Pick up in-person from the Office of Community Development in the lower level of City Hall.
All entries are due back no later than noon on Friday, January 28th and can be dropped off to the Community Development office, placed in the Drop Box in the lobby of City Hall, or emailed to: email@example.com.
The Allegany County Library will join the fun by offering a landing page on their website, and will feature a Groundhog Day Story Time and a virtual bookshelf of Groundhog Day children's books with links to check them out from the library.
Additional details will be added to Facebook as they become available: https://www.facebook.com/cityofcumberlandmd.
Questions may be directed to Melinda Kelleher with the DDC at 301-759-6443 or by sending an email to the above address.