WEIRTON - The 10th annual Teddy Bear Tea was held by the Literary Department of the Weirton Woman's Club, a General Federation of Women's Clubs of West Virginia member, in July at Mary H. Weir Public Library's downstairs activity room.
Children aged 3 and up, accompanied by an adult, were invited to attend the tea and were treated to stories about teddy bears, a video and a magic show performance by local magician Jim Tate, the Magic Man.
Tate performed his show with help from the eager audience and made balloon animals for all the children.
TEDDY BEAR TEA — Assisting with the Weirton Woman’s Club’s Literary Department’s 10th annual Teddy Bear Tea were, front, department member Carol Village, Club President Diane Pastoric and Department Chair Diana Durst, and, back, department member Minnie Pazich, AmeriCorps member Lovie E. Zago, Tea Committee Chair Molly Mossor and department member Enid Williams. -- Contributed
Tea Committee Chair Molly Mossor welcomed the children and parents and introduced the Woman's Club President Diane Pastoric, Literary Department Chair Diana Durst and participating club members.
Lovie E. Zago, a Life Bridge AmeriCorps member who serves as the library's children's activity and literacy advocate, read the children a story about teddy bears, followed by a teddy bear video.
Literary Department members served cookies and punch, and children were awarded teddy bears and books as door prizes. Thirty-four children won either a bear or a book. Each of the 60 children attending received a teddy bear from the Literary Department.
Department members attending included Mossor, Durst, Pastoric, Minnie Pazich, Sharon Neeley, Carol Village, Enid Williams, Helen Gibson and Teresa McGown. They were assisted by Zago, Library Executive Director Rik Rekowski, Assistant Director Pat Barnett and youth volunteer Lewis Anderson.
Mossor donated teddy bears, and Village donated children's books.