The 21st annual Teddy Bear Festival hosted by the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford will take place on the town green on Saturday, June 3th from 10 to 3. Smokey the Bear will be joining us again this year, escorted by firefighters from Water Witch Hose Company No. 2, and heading up our Teddy Bear Parade at 12:00 Noon. Attendees are invited to join us with their furry friends in the parade!
The highlight of our festival is always the Teddy Bear Hospital. Attendees are invited to bring their favorite plush toys for a check-up with our volunteer nurses from the Girl Scouts, “Surgeons” will be available for plush friends in need of repairs. Back by popular demand, the hospital will include an adoption center for bears in need of new homes, as well as our Bare Bear Boutique to outfit your newly adopted friend or accessorize one you already have. All Teddy Bear Hospital services are free of charge, but co-pay donations are welcome.
Featured entertainment this year will be Story Time under the Big Tree, a Slime Demonstration featured two times throughout the day, the Teddy Bear Parade, an Expanded Games area which will include a bounce house this year, and of course many other activities.
And don’t forget to support our vendors from area businesses and non-profits! This year, we have also expanded our food vendors to accommodate a variety requests.
For an up to date schedule of when things are happening, or a list of vendors that will be present, please visit our Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/113943342454388/
Our organization: WCGNM is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Collectively, we are Living the Volunteer Spirit through raising funds and supporting projects throughout our local community. All of our programs are funded through donations, volunteering, and fundraising efforts of the club. Each year we distribute funds to well over a dozen other non-profit organizations including the Youth Agency, Summer Reading programs, local animal shelters, and other programs within the community. Our primary purpose is to fund at least 2 scholarships yearly that are based on community service and volunteerism. The WCGNM is responsible for events such as The Teddy Bear festival, now in its 20th year (2016), the Fourth of July Cake, Thanksgiving Baskets where we provide Thanksgiving meals for over 200 families each year! We also fundraise through other projects such as the Haunted Trail, Bake Sales, Penny Plus Auctions, Little Black Dress Fashion show and a variety of other projects.