Holtsville, NY - Six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Hundreds will gather at the Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center on Saturday, Feb. 2, to hear Highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro announce Holtsville Hal’s famous forecast.
Caption: Councilman Kevin LaValle; Holtsville Hal’s handler, Gregg Drossel; Superintendent Losquadro; and Councilman Foley during last year’s Groundhog Day celebration.
According to tradition, if a groundhog sees its shadow after stirring from hibernation on Groundhog Day, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; if not, spring should arrive early. Superintendent Losquadro will reveal Hal’s forecast at approximately 7:25 a.m.
“Our annual Groundhog Day celebration is an enjoyable tradition for many local families,” Superintendent Losquadro said. “I’m always hopeful Hal will predict an early spring to help my snow removal budget, but either way this is a much-anticipated event each year in Brookhaven Town.”
Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “Holtsville Hal’s prognostication is anxiously anticipated every year and it’s always a relief when he predicts an early spring. Let’s hope that he doesn’t see his shadow on Groundhog Day and we can look forward to a short winter season.”
Although he’s sure to be the center of attention, Holtsville Hal will not be the only animal available for viewing on Feb. 2. Following the ceremony, residents are welcome to enjoy some free hot chocolate and visit the Animal Preserve, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. with more than 100 animals on display.
Gates will open at the Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center Animal Preserve, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville, at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2; parking is free. Residents are asked to arrive as close to 7 a.m. as possible to get a good view of Hal.