Concord Charlie Making Annual Weather Prediction Feb. 2

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 27 2010

CONTACT: Greg Quick
Interim Vice President for Advancement January 28, 2010
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
Office: (304) 384-5318 -

Concord Charlie Making Annual Weather Prediction Feb. 2

ATHENS - Will Concord Charlie see his shadow? Find out at Concord University’s 32nd Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast. This yearly gathering of food, fellowship, and folklore will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 at 8 a.m. in the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center Ballroom.

Charlie has a standing appointment with Concord’s President each year to offer his predictions and insights on the duration of winter. This furry groundhog fellow and Dr. Gregory F. Aloia will “chat” early on the morning of Feb. 2. Dr. Aloia will then relay Charlie’s weather forecast to the breakfast guests.

If Concord Charlie sees his shadow that morning, he will be frightened, scurry back into his burrow, and ask Dr. Aloia to report that area residents can expect six more weeks of winter. An early spring will be on the way if he doesn’t see his shadow.
Each year an individual who has positively impacted life and culture in West Virginia is honored as the Grand Groundhog Watcher. The 2010 honoree is Beverly Wellman of Bluefield, W.Va. Wellman is the recently retired Executive Director of the Mercer County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Guests should plan to arrive at the breakfast with a hearty appetite. The menu features ham, eggs, biscuits and gravy, and other mountain favorites. Cost is $7 per person payable in advance or at the door. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling the Concord University Advancement Office at (304) 384-6311 or by email at or