Who would like to see this wintry 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 Quilliam the Forecasting Hedgehog as he prognosticates our chances of enjoying an early spring this year. On Saturday, February 2 at 9:30 a.m., the Boonshoft Museum welcomes you to seating and pre-event activities for our third annual Hedgehog Day. The actual forecast occurs at 10:00 a.m. in the Museum’s Caryl D. Phillips Planetarium.
Quilliam is an African Pygmy Hedgehog that succeeded Rosie, the beloved groundhog after she unexpectedly succumbed to cancer. This will make the third year of prognostication for the popular hedgehog, who is now quite the prima donna fixture at the Museum’s Discovery Zoo.
Featuring a hedgehog to perform the annual honors is not such an unprecedented occurrence as you might think. Stephanie Hylinski, the Boonshoft Museum’s Curator of Live Animals shares that “the hedgehog was originally used in a forerunner of Groundhog Day in a historic tradition known as Candlemas Day. The Candlemas celebration was observed 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.”
We’ll be in hushed anticipation as we witness whether or not Quilliam sees his shadow. That simple act, according to custom, determines if we will experience an early spring or have to endure winter for a 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