Two Charlies Share The Spotlight At Concord’s Groundhog Day Breakfast

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 01 2019

 

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TWO CHARLIES SHARE THE SPOTLIGHT

AT CONCORD’S GROUNDHOG DAY BREAKFAST

 

Concord Charlie Predicts an Early Spring

 

ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University’s famed weather prognosticator Concord Charlie shared the spotlight with another Charlie as he called for an early spring during the 40th Anniversary Groundhog Day Breakfast held today (Friday, Feb. 1, 2019) in Athens.

           

Charles T. “Charlie” Mathena, this year’s Grand Ground Watcher, also took center stage at the popular gathering held in University Point’s Pais Fellowship Hall.  The title of Grand Groundhog Watcher is bestowed on an individual who has positively impacted life and culture in West Virginia.

           

Concord Charlie was snowed in last year and didn’t get to make his prediction. Mr. Mathena, like Charlie, had planned to participate in the 2018 breakfast.

           

Mr. Mathena recounted how he brought the vision of building a creative arts center in memory of his son, the late Charles T. “Chuck” Mathena II, to fruition.

           

“We asked God to help us … to give us something good from his death,” Mr. Mathena said.

           

That “something good” would become the Chuck Mathena Center.

           

Through the center, Charlie and his wife, Marquetta, have enhanced the cultural offerings available to the area. Located in Princeton, WV, the Chuck Mathena Center brings an exciting lineup of live performances to the stage each year enriching the lives of residents across the region.

           

Area children benefit through the Center’s Sharing the Dream program by allowing them “to dream, to learn, to share and to grow”, Mr. Mathena said. 

           

He expressed appreciation for the community’s support in fund raising for the center as well as attending events and volunteering there.

           

Charlie Mathena is President of the Chuck Mathena Foundation and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Chuck Mathena Center. He is currently serving in his second term on the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Mr. Mathena is also President and General Manager of Memorial Funeral Directory of Princeton.

           

As is his custom, Concord Charlie had assistance from Concord University’s President Kendra Boggess with informing the breakfast guests about what they can expect as far as the weather goes.

           

This year, Concord Charlie sent a text to Dr. Boggess with his prediction.

           

“He said he did not see his shadow which means good weather is on the way,” Dr. Boggess reported.                                                         

 

According to Groundhog Day tradition, if the groundhog sees his shadow the morning of Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter can be expected. An early spring will be on the way if he doesn’t see his shadow. Concord Charlie has been the official predictor of the coming of spring for 40 years on Groundhog Day at “The Campus Beautiful.” 

 

The Concord Charlie tradition was originated in 1978 by the late Professor R.T. “Tom” Hill. As chairman of both the geography department and the Appalachian Studies program at Concord, Professor Hill started the Groundhog Day Breakfast as a means to celebrate a bit of Appalachian heritage and highlight the program.

 

TWO PHOTOS ATTACHED BELOW

 

Grand Groundhog Watcher Charles T. “Charlie” Mathena

 

Concord University Vice President for Advancement Alicia Besenyei and

Grand Groundhog Watcher Charles T. “Charlie” Mathena

 

 

 

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