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Groundhog Shadow Ceremony  February 2

Official Groundhog Day Shadow Ceremony

Time: 12:00pm – 12:30pm

Our resident groundhog Chesapeake Chuck will make his sixth annual appearance to determine if Hampton Roads will experience six more weeks of winter… or have an early spring!  Will Chesapeake Chuck see his shadow?

VLM-groundhog-ceremony2014Join us for the day and stop by the outdoor amphitheater for our official ceremony beginning promptly at noon. WAVY TV 10 Meteorologist, Jeremy Wheeler will once again join us and will assist our prognosticating groundhog, Chesapeake Chuck to determine our future weather.

Chesapeake Chuck has been predicting since 2011. Last year was the first time he did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring.

“He’s the Cinderfella of the woodchuck world,” said CuratorialGroundhog with carrot Director George Mathews. “He’s our own Cinderella for March madness – a small town groundhog at a small event, but a pretty good predictor.”

Chesapeake Chuck prepares for his prognosticating duties with special exercise and diet – particularly corn on the cob.

After the ceremony enjoy a 12:30 pm planetarium showing of “Assignment: Earth” which features a museum groundhog.

Forget Punxsutawney Phil… he has nothing on Hampton Roads own Chesapeake Chuck! See you on Groundhog Day February 2.

Groundhogs Day ceremony: Included in Museum admission.

Planetarium show: Free for VLM members, $4 for non-members plus museum admission.

Enjoy our Facebook photo album from last year’s ceremony.



Time: 12:00pm – 12:30pm