Celebrate Groundhog Day at the Virginia Living Museum

The Virginia Living Museum’s resident groundhog, Chesapeake Chuck, will make his eight annual weather prediction on Friday, February 2 from 12 to 12:30 pm at the Museum’s outdoor amphitheater. WAVY-TV Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler will be on hand to assist Chesapeake Chuck in the annual noon-time ceremony.

In tradition of Punxsutawney Phil, Chesapeake Chuck will foretell the Hampton Roads prolonged winter or early spring forecast. The Virginia Living Museum groundhog is the official forecaster of weather in Hampton Roads.

Members of the Newport News City Council and others will join Jeremy Wheeler and VLM Curatorial Director George Mathews Jr. to form the “inner circle” assisting in the midday ceremony.

Tradition says if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, we’ll have six more weeks of winter. No shadow indicates an early spring. Will Chesapeake Chuck see his shadow?

Members of our Board of Trustees, local elementary school students, and a host of other guests and visitors will pack the outdoor amphitheater to cheer on the Virginia Living Museum’s resident groundhog.

Mathews said the groundhog prepares for his prognosticating duties with special exercise and diet – particularly corn on the cob, carrots, bananas and pecans. Chuck has been predicting the weather since 2011.

Following the ceremony, the Abbitt Planetarium will have a special showing of Assignment: Earth. Daily planetarium tickets are free for VLM members and $4 for non-members (in addition to admission).

Chesapeake Chuck will also predict the winner of Super Bowl LII at a Super Saturday ceremony February 3 at 2pm at the Virginia Living Museum. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite team gear and cheer on their team while enjoying football themed activities.

Both predictions are included in general museum admission.

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