City plans ‘Groundhog Gala’ Friday


The City of Evanston is getting a two-day jump on the Feb. 2  Groundhog Day commemoration by holding an event at the Ecology Center Friday.

Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2 that winter will hang on for another six weeks. Otherwise, we could be in for an early spring.

The Ecology Center is turning this legend into a learning experience that will answer such questions as:

Have the groundhogs been active underground?

Are they cozying up with friends or hibernating all alone?

Why does his shadow matter?

The Center promises to have activities, snacks, and games to help participants understand the mysteries of groundhogs. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

You can preregister at a fee of $10 per person on the city's website.



Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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