In search of more Phil’s!

Hello blog readers!  It’s Zara here, and I’m so excited to get to do my very own post here on the blog.  Some of you may remember that back in June, Sophia went with Flo to meet up with Lea and Xyra from over at Tea Time With Melody Q for a trip to Punxsutawney.  If you didn’t get a chance to read that post, you can check it out here.  Punxsutawney is the home of renowned weather predicting ground hog, Punxsutawney Phil.  All over town there are statues made in Phil’s likeness and in June they managed to find a lot of them.  They didn’t find them all though, so we were off on a mission to see how many of the missed ones we could find.

Flo and I met up with Xyra and Kaya in Coolspring at the General Store before we headed out on our journey.  Kaya and I hit it off immediately over our shared love of horses and all things 80’s!  She’s such a sweetheart, I hope someday that maybe we can go horseback riding together.

Sometimes finding Phil statues can be a bit tricky, especially when looking for ones on the outskirts of town.  Luckily we were equipped with a map, but it didn’t take us long to realize that the scale wasn’t all that great.  Eventually we started finding them though, and we covered a lot of ground!  This particular Phil is called “You Can Bank With Phil” since it’s in the yard of a bank.

We found another Phil in a really cool little park.  Not only was there a Phil statue there, but a playground too!

This Phil statue was called “It’s A WonderPhil World”.  I love how the statues all have names!  We also found this cool memorial stone that told us who the park was named after.

The playground was a lot of fun!  We climbed on the monkey bars…

Climbed on this spinning pole…(I was kind of dizzy after I came down.)

And then we had a little mishap.  I thought the end of the slide looked like a cool place to stand.  I didn’t realize that Kaya had gone to the top and was coming down.  She called to me, but by the time I heard her it was a little too late.



Neither of us was hurt thank heavens.  I just felt kind of stupid.  Oh well.  I didn’t let it ruin our fun!

This one is called “Hope Phil”.  It’s one of the new ones this year, it’s really pretty!  I thought it was very cool that we got to see it in October too since that’s officially Breast Cancer Awareness month!

Next up was one near the post office that was appropriately called “Philatelic”.  It was really unique!  Be sure to check out Xyra and Kaya’s photos over at their blog because there is another very cool photo with this particular Phil.

There were several Phil’s near the different schools.  This one is called Mary A. Philson Undercover and was near the elementary school.  (This is one of the few named after a person)

And this one was near the middle school.  It was called Start To Finish.

With all of the ones they found the last time and the ones we found this time, you would think we had found them all.  But we didn’t!!! There are at least 4, maybe 5 still to be seen.  2 that we missed, one that was brand new that we didn’t know existed (and unfortunately wasn’t on the map we had) and one that was out for maintenance.  There was also one that we couldn’t find at the location it was supposed to be at, we’re not sure if it was out for repairs or had been repainted and turned into a different theme.  Perhaps whoever goes in the spring will get the last few.  Maybe there will even be a new one by then too.

After all of that trekking around Punxsutawney, we decided to go check out the official store!

(Yes, that’s me, peering through the plant.  Not the best place for it to be if you want a good picture!)

The shop is super cool with just about anything you can imagine in it with a groundhog day theme.  I thought this t-shirt was hilarious.  Unfortunately it didn’t come in my size. 😦

Kaya and I had fun hanging out with these stuffed Phil’s too.  They were so soft!!  I would have loved to bring one home, but my gosh, they were almost as big as me!  I don’t think we’d both fit in my bed.

I had a great time meeting up with Xyra and Kaya.  The girls from Tea Time are all so much fun, everyone looks forward to our get-togethers.

Oh, and I did manage to pick up a little something while we were at the souvenir shop…

Yep, I got my very own Phil puppet!!!! Isn’t he cool!  He’s a bit smaller than the ones Kaya and I were hanging out with.  And guess what…we got a second one just so we could do a giveaway here on the blog!! That’s right, you could win your very own Punxsutawney Phil puppet!!!!  We decided to throw in a pin as well so you can be well prepared for when February 2nd rolls around and you want to celebrate!

To enter, just tell us in the comments your name, and which of all of the Phil statues is your favorite.  It can be from any of the posts, either ours or the ones from Tea Time With Melody Q and either now or from June.  You can see their posts here and here.  Our other post is here.

The winner will be drawn on November 9th, so make sure you enter!  And if you’d like to check out other items from the souvenir shop, you can check it out at

If you’d like more information on the “Phantastic Phils” click on this link:  There are photos of the different Phil statues and if you click on each individual one, you can get some of the background story behind the different themes.  There are a couple missing though from this site, it needs updating.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Lainey (Lu D)
  2. Heather (Jackylina)
  3. Sharon
  4. Maggie


19 thoughts on “In search of more Phil’s!

  1. Oh what a cute giveaway! I love reading Ms Xyra and your meet-up posts. =) I think my favourite Phil might be the post-office one, though it is a hard choice. I chose him because getting mail/packages makes me so excited! I’m glad you enjoyed your trip Zara, thank you for sharing it with us. 🙂

    • I always have a great time getting together with Xyra and whoever comes with her. It’s fun to meet up with someone who shares my love of dolls!

  2. Awesome post! Hey, Zara! All is well here, but still unpacking. My Phil puppet is still in his bag. i wonder what will happen if he sees his shadow when I take him out. (giggles) Great getting to know you! Still sorry I knocked you over.

    You definitely captured Kaya better in these photos. Happy Halloween!

    • Hmmmm…that’s an interesting question! Let me know if he sees it or not. And no problems, that was my stupidity for being there in the first place.

      That’s what happens when you use “Phil” flash LOL!!

    • We did, and this time we didn’t feel like we were going to melt into the pavement! I always look forward to getting together with Xyra, I wish more of my doll friends lived closer.

  3. My favorite was Presby MacPhil, his cheeks are hilarious!! I would love to enter to win a Phil puppet, thank you so much! Sharon

    • That was one of my favorites and one of the very first ones we came across in our travels last time! Thanks for entering!

  4. Looks like you had a great time. I like Hope Phil. I like the photo of the back of him showing all the different ribbon colors on the Tea Time With MelodyQ blog site.

    • That one was really cool, and the colors were so bright on it. Not sure if it was because of the colors they used or because it was one they had recently done, but I thought it was a great idea.

  5. What a fun day! I never knew there were so many Phils! There is nothing better than a day out with a friend. I am going over the Tea Time with Melody Q to see the earlier Phil post.

    • We always have a good time, and I was really excited when Xyra suggested these, I didn’t realize they were there. We need to look in to some other areas near Coolspring for further field trips.

      • I was told we should finish our Phil tour with a trip to Gobbler’s Knob. Then we could visit main street historic Brookeville.

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