Groundhog Day Festivities to Take Place Saturday, February 2

Athens, W.Va. – Punxsutawney Phil takes a back seat as the world readies for Concord Charlie’s weather prediction at the 24th Annual Groundhog Breakfast. The prediction will take place SATURDAY, February 2, at 8:00 a.m. in the College Center Ballroom.

Concord College is readying ham and eggs—a veritable Appalachian feast—for the hundreds of participants who will gather for the 24th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast on the Campus Beautiful.

This year, the Grand Groundhog Watcher will be announced at the breakfast. Concord President Jerry Beasley stated that:

“This year’s Grand Groundhog Watcher will be a special person who rivals Concord Charlie with his uncanny ability to forecast the weather, the outcome of the West Virginia legislature and predict the topic of Dr. Dean Turner’s next pun! Hope to see you!”

Jerry Beasley

Cost for the breakfast is $4.50 payable at the door or in advance. For more information or to make reservations, call 1-304-384-5348 / 6056 or e-mail


Charlie’s Notables: An old Scottish couplet predicts: If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there be two winters in the year. February 2 is the ancient date for the Christian celebration of Candlemas. A tradition among European settlers in America developed that if the groundhog sees his shadow on the morning of February 2, he is scared back into his burrow and takes spring with him, producing six more weeks of winter.

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