DAYTON, OHIO – JANUARY 9, 2020 – Quilliam the Forecasting Hedgehog will prognosticate our chances of having an early spring again this year. On Sunday, February 2 at 12:30 p.m., the Boonshoft Museum welcomes you to seating and pre-event activities for our fourth annual Hedgehog Day. The actual forecast occurs at 1:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Caryl D. Phillips Planetarium.
Quilliam, an African Pygmy Hedgehog, will do the honors for the fourth year, and is now quite the prima donna at the Museum’s Discovery Zoo.
Featuring a hedgehog to perform the annual honors is not quite the unprecedented occurrence you might think. Stephanie Hylinski, the Boonshoft Museum’s Curator of Live Animals notes 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 all be in quiet 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.
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
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