Concord University Hosting Groundhog Day Breakfast Feb. 1

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 10 2013

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. - Concord University’s 35th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast will be held on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at 8 a.m. in the Jerry and Jean Beasley Student Center Ballroom.

The yearly gathering of food, fellowship and folklore features a weather prediction by Concord Charlie and the opportunity to honor the 2013 recipient of the title Grand Groundhog Watcher. The Grand Groundhog Watcher honor is bestowed on an individual who has positively impacted life and culture in West Virginia.

According to Groundhog Day tradition, if Concord Charlie 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.

Wanting to get a head start among groundhog weather prognosticators, Concord Charlie has decided to make his 2013 prediction the day prior to the official Groundhog Day observance.

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, Hill started the Groundhog Day Breakfast as a means to celebrate a bit of Appalachian heritage and highlight the program.

Concord’s famed groundhog weather prophet has a standing appointment with the University’s President each year to offer his predictions and insights on the duration of winter. The President relays Charlie’s forecast to the breakfast guests.

Cost per person for this year’s breakfast is $10 in advance for current members of the Concord University Alumni Association (2012-2013) and $12 in advance for all others. All tickets at the door are $15. Advance reservations must be made at least a week prior to the event. Reservations are requested and may be made online at (click on the Groundhog Day Breakfast billboard), by emailing or calling 304-384-6311.

For additional information about the breakfast including payment options contact the Concord University Office of Advancement at 304-384-6311 or


Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086
if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.