Sunday, February 2, will once again be Ground Hog's Day, and Kathy Hershey and Grubby, the groundhog, are getting ready to let our community know what winter has in store for us.

This year, on February 2, Grubby will make his annual appearance at the bandstand in the square in Hope. Music will begin at 8 a.m. that morning as people gather to watch the exciting event. At 8:30 a.m., some of the town's leaders will meet to start the celebration in their coats and tails and top hats to recite information about the meaning of Ground Hog's Day.

After a short celebration (that we hope will once again be shared by some local television stations), all participants and guests are invited to the United Methodist Church for a delicious, warm breakfast with free will offering going to the Hope Volunteer Fire Department.

Had this day come on a weekday, everyone would get back to business right away, but with this being Sunday, there is much more going on in Hope that day. The ministers of the United Methodist Church, the First Baptist Church, and the Moravian Church will be doing a Pulpit Swap during their morning service at either 10 or 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend one of those services.

And in the afternoon, at 2 p.m. the Yellow Trail Museum will host a Sunday Social at the museum during which Candy Carr, a past teacher and Little Hoosier sponsor, who is now volunteering for the Bartholomew County Historical Society, will present a program "Letters Home" -- a series of letters written by Don Norton of Nortonsburg while he served in the Navy during WWI. Candy has spent many months transcribing hundreds of these letters and studying the drawings included.

We are hoping for a huge crowd for all these activities on Feb. 2nd.

And you might also be interested in a couple more things that are related to Hope:

On Jan. 30th, at 6 p.m., at the Red Room at the Bartholomew County Library in Columbus, Michael Cartwright, who has been researching Hartsville College and the students from there, will give a talk about two other students who played big roles in what would become the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp

And on Feb. 4th, Candy Carr will present another program about "Letters Home" at the Bartholomew County Library Red Room at 6 p.m.