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Trails and Trilliums Host Teddy Bear Picnic

Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm

When Teddy Roosevelt comes to town, expect hikes in “the great outdoors” and a Teddy Bear Picnic! Trails & Trilliums, April 11-13 at the Monteagle Assembly, will feature Joe Wiegand, the nation’s foremost Teddy Roosevelt reprisor.

He will appear at the noon picnic and at a Saturday evening reception, Wine & Wildflowers and lead two history walks. The highly regarded and entertaining Wiegand, who lives in Sewanee, was chosen to reprise the 26th president during the Teddy Roosevelt sesquicentennial at the White House and has performed in all 50 states. To see all details of the 3-day festival, go to

The Friends of South Cumberland invite families to the Teddy Bear Picnic on Saturday during a day full of children’s activities, all free of charge. 

Wiegand will present a kid-friendly program during lunch. All children will be eligible for a drawing to win an authentic Teddy Bear, and those who bring a teddy bear with them will be photographed with the “president.”

Families may bring a picnic lunch or purchase sack lunches upon arrival. Other children’s Saturday events include a high ropes course, hayrides, wildlife programs, an appearance by Davy Crockett, Kinder Gardening, and a mule drawn wagon.

The “Teddy Bear” was named for Teddy Roosevelt after an incident in 1902, when he went on a bear hunt in Mississippi. During the outing, the president refused to shoot a bear that was wounded and tied to a tree. 

The incident received national attention, and soon toy makers began selling what they called “Teddy’s Bear,” probably the world’s most popular children’s toy. 

Of particular regional interest, one of Roosevelt’s hosts on the hunt was his Rough Rider colleague J.A. McIlhenny, great-uncle of Sewanee graduate, the late Paul McIlhenny of the famed Tabasco sauce family from Louisiana.