2013 Groundhog Banquet tickets available Thursday

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tickets for the Groundhog Club’s Annual Groundhog Banquet will go on sale Thursday at the Groundhog Club, located at 102 West Mahoning St.

Tickets are available at the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club for $25 each.

In addition to normal business hours, tickets will also be sold Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. They will be available during normal business hours through the week until they are sold out.

This year’s banquet will be held Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at the Punxsutawney Area High School.

The master of ceremonies for the banquet will be Jeff Lundy, The Fair Weatherman.

The Man and Woman of the Year for Punxsutawney will be announced, as well as the new Ambassadors of the Groundhog Club.

The guest speaker for the banquet is Danny Rubin, screenwriter, actor, lecturer, celebrity blogger and, most notably, the screenwriter of the modern classic “Groundhog Day.”

Rubin has taught screenwriting in Chicago at the University of Illinois, Columbia College and the National High School Institute; and at the Sundance Institute in Utah; the PAL Screenwriting Lab in England; the Chautauqua Institution in New York; and the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico.

He is currently the Briggs-Copeland lecturer on screenwriting at Harvard University.

Rubin holds a B.A. in biology from Brown University and an M.A. in Radio, Television, and Film from Northwestern University.

He is married to librarian, web-designer and architect Louise Rubin, with whom he shares two children, a dog and two inflatable fish.

Ambassador applications can be found on www.groundhog.org.

Also, Governor Tom Corbett, 46th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will be in attendance. He will be accompanied by his wife, Susan.

Corbett, a lifelong Pa. resident, was inaugurated in January 2011 as Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has been a key advisor to U.S. presidents and governors.

Now, he makes a distinguished career serving the citizens of Pennsylvania.

Corbett is making a significant impact on the lives of Pennsylvanians through his work on issues of criminal justice, victims' rights and drug and alcohol prevention and rehabilitation.

Also a special guest of the Weather Center will be in attendance and will be announced at a later date.