6 more weeks of winter or an early spring? Enjoy Groundhog Day across the tri-state area

Groundhog Day can provide some great family fun and a silly break from the harsh winter. Enjoy these Groundhog Day events and meet some of the top animal weather prognosticators in the tri-state area!

Malverne Mel

Photo: Brian Heyman
Malverne Mel will return to Crossroads Farm for the 28th year to give his prediction on an early spring. Visitors can come and enjoy the festivities, including the music of the Banjo Rascals, as Malverne Mayor Keith Corbett shares Mel's prediction.
Crossroads Farm at Grossman's
480 Hempstead Ave.
Malverne, New York 11565
Feb. 2 - 7 a.m. 

Holtsville Hal

Photo: Town of Brookhaven
Highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro will announce Holtsville Hal's forecast. Visitors can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and bagels and visit the other animals at the ecology center.
Holtsville Ecology Center
249 Buckley Road
Holtsville, New York 11742
Feb. 2 - 7 a.m.

Beardsley Bart

Photo: Beardsley Zoo
Head to the Beardsley Zoo's prairie dog habitat to catch their pontificating prairie dog Beardsley Bart and find out if he sees his shadow!
Beardsley Zoo 
1875 Noble Ave.
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06610
Feb. 2 - 7 a.m. 

Staten Island Chuck

Photo: Staten Island Zoo
Staten Island Zoo will once again reveal Staten Island Chuck's prediction in a livestream on the zoo's Facebook page. Chuck will make his prediction at 7:30 a.m. Staten Island Zoo Executive Director Ken Mitchell will announce Chuck’s prediction with special guests Council Member David Carr, Council Member Kamillah Hanks and Richmond County DA Mike McMahon. Zoo Board of Trustees President William Frew proudly shared that Chuck has "correctly guessed either an early spring or six weeks of winter the past 13 years."
Feb. 2 - 7 a.m.
Livestream available on Staten Island Zoo's Facebook page.

Lady Edwina of Essex

Photo:  Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
Lady Edwina of Essex will make second prognostication for Essex County Turtle Back Zoo - visitors can find out her winter and football predictions. The zoo says visitors can then stop by the reptile house to learn more from its education team.
Essex County Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave.
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
Feb. 2 - 8 a.m.
Watch on the Facebook page of County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. or in person at the zoo.
More info

Connecticut Chuckles

Photo: Lutz Children's Museum
Manchestor Mayor Jay Moran and Lutz Children's Museum executive director Patricia Buxton will announce if Chuckles XI predicts an early spring. 
Lutz Children Museum
247 S Main St.
Manchester, Connecticut 06040
Feb. 2
6:30 a.m.
More info

Cluxatawney Henrietta

Photo: Westchester County Parks
She's not a groundhog - she's a "weather-predicting chicken!" Muscoot Farm will celebrate Groundhog Day by seeing if Cluxatawney Henrietta lays an egg to signal an early spring. Join the fun by watching on Facebook Live at 10 a.m. on Feb. 2. 

"Sam Champion"

The Quogue Library will host its annual Groundhog Day celebration with STAR Foundation groundhog "Sam Champion." The event will feature guest speakers and activities from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, hot chocolate and groundhog-themed treats and a showing of 1993 classic "Groundhog Day."
Quogue Library
90 Quogue St.
Quogue, New York 11959
Feb. 2 - 3:30 p.m.
More info

Stonewall Jackson

Photo: Space Farms
Parker Space, the owner of Space Farms, said they will be pulling Stonewall out again for his yearly Groundhog Day prediction at 7:30 a.m. Space Farms reopens for 2023 in April.


Photo: Sweetbriar Nature Center
Sweetbriar Nature Center is hosting "Searching for Sweetbriar Sam - A Groundhog adventure." The event will include a craft and a scavenger hunt, plus find out what Niblet the groundhog is predicting.
Sweetbriar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Drive
Smithtown, New York 11787
Feb. 5
1-3 p.m. 
More info
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