Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Photos from the Hunt Valley Bear Show

I have had several requests to post photos of the show so if you are interested, there are lots to see. If bear shows aren’t your thing, you can pretend they are pictures of your favorite place to visit or you can just skip down to the joke at the end of this post.

These photos were taken on Sunday, November 1st at the Hunt Valley Christmas Teddy Bear Show & Sale. The tables, decorated individually by the artists, were very festive as were some of the artists themselves. It’s really fun when you get this many creative minds together. Many of the artists were in costumes of their own making and some were very original and imaginative. While I was not able to take a picture of every table or every costume, I hope these will give you a taste of the atmosphere of fun and friendship at the show.

Each photo has a short caption, but if you have any questions for me, feel free to ask. I will be happy to answer.

This is looking down a row of tables on one side of the show room.

This is a glimpse of my table. Remember the snowflakes from this post?

This was my view all day long - the wonderful Pat Murphy's table.  There were many, many bears that could even tempt someone with a great deal of will power.

Marilyn Wagner's table who won the costume/table decoration award.

A stunning bear by the much loved Martha Burch.

These bears were created by Michelle Lamb.  Any one will do!

These are not only my friends they are artists too!  Frosty, aka Cindy Malchoff and Darlene Allen.  Check out those socks.  Could she be a rogue member of The Sock Brigade from this post of mine?

Cindy's table . ..

and Darlene's table.

A few of Mary Dowd's bears, a fellow North Carolinian.  See her website.

Jacquie Pollitts table . . .

and Jacquie as a Christmas Tree Topper, complete with a lighted candle.  Such creativity!

A tree full of teddy bears by Janet Wilson.

Just a few of the many bears on Sharon Barron's table.

Mary Kolar's pigs seemed to find new homes very quickly.  It was a very piggy Christmas!

Alex Wilson and Mark McKay, show organizers.  Yes, those are reindeer antlers.
Mark's wife Susan made these little puppies.

And last but not least, a table of Penny French's work - nothing flaky here.

Now if you have lasted this long and haven't laughed at least once, maybe this joke from Reader's Digest will do the trick:

During inspection, the new commander stopped and chatted up a corporal.
"How long have you been in the Marines?" he asked.
"Two years, eight months, and 24 days, sir," the corporal responded.
"Do you plan on reenlisting?"
"No, sir."
"What are you going to do after discharge?"
"Cartwheels and handstands, sir."

Until next time -


  1. i looove your table, the snowflakes and the carpet, and of course the cuties bears too!.
    is fun and enriching sharing creativity.Reindeer antlers are a very Christmas touch!. (i have ones too...)

  2. Thanks so much for posting these, I don't get to shows, so I just love to look at pictures. All the bears are so wonderful.

  3. Oh I am so jealous!!! So many amazing bears!!!

    Were there any antics from your little furry creations? :)

  4. Hi Heather, No the bears did really good. They were so excited to see the other bears that they missed their opportunities to go exploring around the hotel. Whew! I can just see them trying to sort out the elevators!

  5. Great pics! Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs, Lisa

  6. Thanks Ginger for the great photos !!! It brings back so many memories of all of the shows that I have done. And so many of the woderful artists are still doing them. Makes me want to do a few shows again. I do miss everyone. How was the show for everyone?
    Big Hugs,

  7. Hi Bonnie, I can only share what I observed. There were collectors waiting at the door and they did not waste time moving around the show room. Many purchased bears and had several bags on their arms. I think there was at least one table that sold out and a few others looked a bit skimpy at the end. Obviously due to the economic situation we are in, it was no where near the 'old' days that you might remember but I left the show very encouraged. There was some wonderful, innovative work on display and many bears now have new homes for the holidays.

  8. Hi!
    I love your table!!Fantastic!!
    All the bears are so wonderful.

  9. Thank you for the pictures Ginger.
    All of them are gorgeous!


  10. Thank you for your great pictures I enjoyed them very much !

  11. Hi Ginger...

    Oh, it looks like you had such a fun show. Your little bears are just adorable on their snowflakes. Very clever idea!
    So many wonderful bears...I hope the show was good for you.
    Your little Halloween bear in a previous post is just so sweet...what a little doll! okay...a sweet little witch.

    Have a great day!
    Hugs, Nancy

  12. Hi Ginger,

    The show looked fab, thanks for sharing.
    Just to let you know you have an award waiting for you at my blog!! :)


  13. Thank you Ginger for reporting! Very much work to show all this beauty, and give each picture description and link.
    The exhibition is very beautiful! Bears are delicious! And this sense of celebration! Amazing!


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