Government can be all about important business. But Garner’s government has a sense of humor too.
Exhibit 1 in that case is Groundhog Day. The town has turned a throwaway holiday into an excuse for a party. How cool is that?
And whether Mortimer is the center of attention or Snerd steals the spotlight, the event is a wonderful way to offer someone some fun. And, after a long, dark winter, well, we deserve to share a smile or two.
Mayor Ronnie Williams has made a show out of the event, complete with his top hat and tails and the children surge toward the stage for a chance to meet the real star of the show up close and personal. Smiles abound as do cell phone cameras. There’s just something really cool about playing with a critter, or watching him. It doesn’t really matter to a single one of us whether he predicts and early spring or a longer winter. Just so long as he sits there and looks cute.
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Oh, sure, the town adds some educational opportunities to the mix. Attendees can learn the dangers of forest fires. They can learn about other wildlife. But let’s be honest. Snerd is the center of the show. He’s a groundhog! You just don’t see one of those every day.
So if you missed this year’s event, go ahead and mark next year’s down on the calendar. It’s fun. You’ll leave smiling. And you can’t say that about many things that emanate from the government.
An editorial in last Sunday’s Garner-Cleveland Record incorrectly stated that businesses would have access to Google Fiber, while residents will not. The opposite is true. Residents will be able to access Google Fiber, while businesses will not.