Regardless of whether the groundhog sees his shadow, Glens Falls Food Co-Op customers won’t have to wait any longer to resume buying groceries.

The co-op reopens Tuesday at its new location in Empire Theatre Plaza at 11 South St. in Glens Falls.

“It’s been a long four months going from the bakery to here. It’s very exciting,” said Sue Duncan, the co-op’s president.

The co-op previously operated at Rock Hill Bakehouse bakery in South Glens Falls.

The specialty food store sells locally grown or produced vegetables, dairy products, eggs, meats and soaps, as well as bulk dry goods, nuts, raisins and artwork.

Duncan, who sent out a press release with a “Happy Groundhog Day” heading, said timing of the opening was coincidental with the holiday in which a groundhog supposedly predicts whether there will be an early spring or six more months of winter.

“We just got inspected the last week of January,” Duncan said. “So we decided, ‘Let’s put our orders in and see when we can be ready for what date,’ and it just landed on Groundhog Day.”

Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Now that the co-op is open, the next focus is on increasing membership, currently at about 20 members.

“Our goal is to find 400 members to make our co-op sustainable,” Duncan said.

Memberships start at $50 annually, with special recognition for members who donate $250 or more.

Information will be available at a membership meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the co-op, at a “Barn Raising” party from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 at Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe on Exchange Street in Glens Falls, or by calling 683-2769.

Singers wanted

Glens Falls Symphony Children’s Chorus is seeking new members.

Membership is open to singers ages 8 to 16 who have treble voices, are able to learn challenging two-part and three-part music and are able to match pitch.

Weekly rehearsals are 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. Mondays at First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls.

Call 793-1348 for more information.

Film forum

The annual Crandall Public Library African American Film Forum opens at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with the showing and discussion of “Old South” in the community room in the library basement.

The movie deals with underlying issues of race relations in the South.

The showing is open to the public free of charge.

The film series, held in cooperation with the Glens Falls NAACP branch, continues weekly on Tuesday evenings during February.

Bluegrass

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library will hold its final Winter Bluegrass Jam of the season at 7 p.m. Thursday in the community room in the library basement.

Musicians are encouraged to bring instruments and play along.

Non-musicians are encouraged to bring grins to join in the jovial spirit.

The program is open to the public free of charge.

Art potluck

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council will hold a potluck supper and art networking discussion at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in the LARAC gallery on Lapham Place in downtown Glens Falls.

Rosemarie Oakland from Salem Artworks will speak.

Admission is free with a food dish to pass.

Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling 798-1144, ext. 2.

Necktie fashion

On Tuesday, I will be wearing my new “Happy Groundhog Day” necktie.

Follow staff writer Maury Thompson at All Politics is Local blog, at PS_Politics on Twitter and at Maury Thompson Post-Star on Facebook.

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