For Groundhog Day, we visit Ms. G, the official groundhog of Massachusetts, as she looks for her shadow at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln. Did you know that groundhogs are also called woodchucks? Learn about what they eat, how they hibernate, and the origins and meaning of Groundhog Day. Then see how to make your own shadow puppet theater.

Wonderland Spectacle Co. produces videos and parades and festivals and all sorts of spectacles. Lead artists Kari Percival and Greg Cook hand-paint fabric banners, fashion masks out of poster board, craft puppets out of twigs and cardboard, paint murals, make fun videos, and inspire volunteers to join them in community spectacles big and tiny. And they teach others how to do these things too in their how-to workshops. Kari and Greg aim to speak up for those who have no voices and create parades that tell stories, question injustice, celebrate wonder, and advocate for all living things on earth.​

"Groundhogs" by Wonderland Spectacle Co.
“Groundhogs” by Wonderland Spectacle Co.

Photo and video footage of Ms. G courtesy of Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm.