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February Forecasting: Groundhog Day 2017 Events on Long Island

Find out what the rest of winter 2017 will bring - according to Long Island's weather predicting groundhogs!

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Photo of Mayor Patricia McDonald and Malverne Mel courtesy of Malverne Village.

Photo by: Malverne Village.

With Groundhog Day just around the corner, soon Long Islanders will find out what the rest of the winter has in store for them thanks to the predictions of some local furry meteorologists, like Holtsville Hal and Malverne Mel. According to tradition, if the groundhog emerges and does not see his shadow, an early spring is on it’s way, but if the groundhog does see their shadow, it’s time to bundle up for another six weeks of winter. No matter what the weather prediction results are though, there’s plenty of events happening leading up to, and on the day of, Groundhog day.
Take a look at the upcoming events taking place on Long Island all about Groundhog Day!
Searching for Sweetbriar Sam at Sweetbriar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, NY 11787
Sunday, January 29th at 1 PM
$10 Per Child & $5 Per Adult
See for yourself in person if Sweetbriar Sam is going to see his shadow or not, and partake in a fun scavenger hunt, learn about weather predictors, take home a craft, and more!
Celebrate Groundhog Day at The Maritime Explorium
101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Saturday, January 28th & Sunday, January 29th from 1 PM - 5 PM
$5 Per Person
Come and celebrate Groundhog Day early with a craft! Head over to the Maritime Explorium the weekend before Groundhog Day and construct your very own shadow puppets.
Groundhog Day 2017 at South County Library
22 Station Road, Bellport, NY 11713
Monday, January 30th from 11 AM - 11:30 AM
Free Event
Children 2.5 - 5 years of age come on down to the South Country Library to hear a story, and do a craft, celebrating Groundhog Day.
Groundhog Story Hour 2017 at Deer Park Public Library
44 Lake Avenue, Deer Park, NY 11729
Monday, January 30th from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Free Event
Those Grades K-2 are urged to get over to the library for a fun craft, to listen to stories and learn about groundhogs. 
Get Ready for Groundhog Day at Longwood Public Library
800 Middle Country Rd, Middle Island, NY 11953
Wednesday, February 1st from 11 AM - 12 PM
Free Event
Come learn about groundhogs and Groundhog Day through story and art at the Longwood Public Library!
Groundhog Day 2017 with Holtsville Hal at the Holtsville Ecology Center
249 Buckley Road, Holtsville, NY 11742
Thursday, February 2nd at 7 AM
Free Admission
Get up bright and early with Holtsville Hal himself and find out whether or not there will be 6 more weeks of winter, or an early spring! Don’t forget to dress warmly!
22nd Annual Groundhog Celebration with Malverne Mel
Reese Park, Malverne, NY 11565
Thursday, February 2nd from 7 AM - 7:30 AM
Free Event
Head to the gazebo at Reese Park to see if Malverne Mel sees his shadow or not, and what the rest of the winter season will bring.
Chuck The Groundhog at The Staten Island Zoo 2017
614 Broadway, West Brighton, NY 10310
Thursday, February 2nd at 7 AM
$10 Per Adult; $7 Per Senior; $6 Per Child
Not on Long Island, but closeby, Chuck the groundhog from the Staten Island Zoo will be making his predictions for the rest of the winter season at 7:30 AM.
Groundhog Day 2017 at Lindenhurst Memorial Library
1 Lee Avenue, Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Thursday, February 2nd from 10 AM - 11 AM
Free Event
Find out what a groundhog does for the rest of the year, when they are not predicting when the winter will end, at this storycraft class for ages 2 - 5.
Groundhog Day Fun 2017 at Port Jefferson Free Library
100 Thompson Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Thursday, February 2nd from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Free Event
Children ages 3 - 5 years old, accompanied by an adult, are welcome to join in stories, a craft and a snack in celebration of all things groundhog.
Groundhog Day Story Craft 2017 at Peninsula Public Library
280 Central Avenue, Lawrence, NY 11559
Thursday, February 2nd from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Free Event
There's no registration required for this K-2 program about groundhogs that  includes storytime and a craft.
Groundhog Day Mask 2017 at Port Jefferson Free Library
100 Thompson Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Thursday, February 2nd from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Free Event
Kids ages 4 - 6 years old are encouraged to visit the library to listen to groundhog stories, sing some songs and make a groundhog mask!