Sir Walter Wally and Snerd, the groundhogs, are gearing up for their day in the spotlight next week.
The two will be on display for annual Groundhog Day celebrations at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh and White Deer Park Nature Center in Garner. Here's hoping that the two prognosticators both agree that spring will come early this year.
The groundhogs will make their decrees at these free events:
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' Groundhog Day event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday. The shadow ceremony, starring Sir Walter Wally, starts around noon. But the day holds many other activities, which are perfect for young kids, tracked-out kids and homeschool kids.
White Deer Park Nature Center will have special activities from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, with Snerd's official ceremony at noon. The event also includes crafts, games, educational booths and more.