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Will she or won’t she?

According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring. Join Queen Charlotte as she takes a turn at predicting our city’s weather.
According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring. Join Queen Charlotte as she takes a turn at predicting our city’s weather. Getty Images/iStockphoto

Everyone would agree that this weekend’s spectacular weather was a total treat. And most would say that we’d love to see more warm weather days soon. But only one can determine exactly how quickly those sunny days are coming.

Who is this masterful weather sage?

Queen Charlotte, of course, our very own royal prognosticator. Still not sure? We’re talking The Queen City’s groundhog, ready for her moment in the spotlight on Groundhog Day. Join the Charlotte Nature Museum on Tuesday, February 2 at 2:30pm for the official Royal Prognostication Proclamation Ceremony to announce her majesty’s official Groundhog Day weather prediction of 2016.

Keep in mind that because this is Queen Charlotte’s first public weather prediction since assuming the crown last year, for her safety and comfort, this event will take place in an indoor ceremony in the Great Hall. The Queen will be escorted by her naturalist handler for the presentation.

Groundhog Day is one of Charlotte Nature Museum’s monthly Creature Feature and will also feature crafts, Story Time, and live animal encounters with Queen Charlotte’s animal court from noon-2:30 p.m. Event activities are free with Museum admission. Guest admission is $8. Members and guests younger-than-two are free.

Where: Charlotte Nature Museum 1658 Sterling Road

When: Tuesday, February 2 at 2:30 p.m. Event activities will take place from noon – 3:00 p.m. as part of Charlotte Nature Museum’s monthly Creature Feature and will also feature crafts, Story Time, and live animal encounters with Queen Charlotte’s animal court. Event activities are free with Museum admission. Guest admission is $8. Members and guests younger-than-two are free.

Are your kids curious about why we celebrate Groundhog Day at all or why it’s a groundhog who does the predicting? Check out http://www.groundhog.org/about/history/ for the history of the day.

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