According to a ‘clairvoyant’ lobster named Passy Pete, it’s time to pack away your shorts and sundresses. Passy Pete is Belfast, Maine’s answer to Groundhog Day, but with a late summer twist.
Each year since 2015, residents of Belfast, have plucked the lobster from the bay and gathered around to watch him choose between two scrolls. One predicts six more weeks of summer, while the other forecasts an early winter. For the first three years of the tradition, Passy Pete foretold six more weeks of summer. Last year and this year… the crustacean wasn’t in such a generous frame of mind.
The scroll the lobster picked reads: “Friends of Belfast, on this second day of September – Labor Day in the year 2019, it’s in your best interest to collect your coats, tell your sister to return the ones you lent her, tell Cathy, the harbormaster, to remove the boats, and everyone get ready for winter.”
It should be noted that Passy Pete has been correct over the past four years, however it’s in Pete’s ‘contract’ that he must be returned to the bay regardless of his prediction, just in case any disgruntled residents of Belfast have other ideas…
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