Well, we’ve had quite the frigid winter so far, and many of us would like to see this season become a memory as soon as possible. On Friday, February 2, at 10:00 a.m., the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery invites you to join us as Quilliam the Hedgehog gives us his grand weather prognostication.
Join them in the Education Lobby of the Museum to see whether we will experience an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Celebrate the season with a day of crafts and special activities, along with roaming animals on view in the Museum throughout the day.
For the second year in a row, the Boonshoft revisits the European roots of the popular custom with prognostication by Hedgehog! Last year, our new Hedgehog did the honors for the first time, after the sudden loss of Rosie the Groundhog to cancer, prompting Quilliam’s addition to the roster at the Discovery Zoo. Quilliam did a fantastic job last year, and he’ll be showing off his skills once again.
The Boonshoft Museum’s Acting Curator of Live Animals, Stephanie Hylinski, noted recently that “the European hedgehog was originally used in a forerunner of Groundhog Day in a tradition called Candlemas Day, celebrated on February 2 throughout Europe. The hedgehog was trusted to predict the coming of Spring in Serbia, Germany, the United Kingdom and a host of other European countries for generations.”
Quilliam will be the star of the show come Friday, February 2, 2018, as we all await his expert verdict with bated breath. Will we see an early spring, or will we be forced to endure winter for a little while longer? Included with regular admission.
About the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Located at 2600 DeWeese Parkway, the Boonshoft Museum is open to the public 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 12 noon-5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $14.50 for adults, $12.50 for seniors (60+), and $11.50 for children (3-17). Children under 3 and Dayton Society of Natural History members are free. (937) 275-7431. BoonshoftMuseum.org