Photos from the March 13, 1999 Big Grizz Timberlake
Teddy Bear Brunch!!
WITH SPECIAL GUEST
Pix below - Read Report of Signing Here!
[ B Street Bistro]
A BIG THANK YOU to Carol & Lee at Big Grizz Timberlake for inviting me (or I should
say, my alter ego, The Contest Lady) to this event. Thank
you also to Jack Bucchioni, for allowing my participation at your signing
event! It was great fun to travel almost 2000 miles, see the country, meet some wonderful
friends from cyberspace, and be a part of this exciting day! Let's do it again
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Mary's Report on the Event
I'm a day late and a few dollars short now that the Teddy Bear Brunch is over!!! A Great
time was had by ALL!!! There were over 50 people for the brunch alone, and it was held in
a banquet hall up the street from the Big Grizz. I had the pleasure of brunching with
Doris (WOW) and her husband Pete along with Lee "The Big Grizz Hisself" and Jack
(yes...the Headmaster Bear Extraordinaire Bucchioni)!!!! What great fun!!! There were door
prizes for everything!!! Bethany...I mean Sally, "The Contest Lady" had a huge
assortment of fun things for us!! First off she told us that the pin with the star on it
that we were given as we signed in was for a purpose...if you were caught with your elbows
on the table, you had to relinquish your star to that person!!! Now, everyone promptly
removed their elbows from the table...but as the we were dining the true ill-mannered
MOBsters came through!!! Sally was the 1st to lose her star on a technicality. Now here is
a question for you..."What did Doris lose to Jack Bucchioni"???
Then, Jack began his tour through the orient...he stopped somewhere in the middle and
asked if anyone remembered his last name?? Hands went up all over the room, and Marisa
(WarmFzy6) won $5.00 from Jack because she could pronouce it correctly!!!! As the photo
tour continued we saw Jack as a young spry man...hiking his way through the towns with
only a backpack and some bottles of water!! So he says!!!LOL And as all of this was going
on, Sally began passing out bubble gum to everyone!! Well, to bad she didn't have a prize
for "cow chewing"!!! As Jack finished his tour and ended back in New
Jersey...Sally was coordinating a Bubble Blowing contest!!! That's right...who can blow
the biggest bubble???
Jaime, who is a bear shopper @ the Big Grizz won a Bucchioni Bear!!! Next it was on to
those CRAZY word puzzels!!! I don't even know where Sally came up with them!! They were
hard, but some of our friends knew all the answers...and still MORE Bucchioni Plush became
the envy of all the Contestants!!! And as the contests were going on people were
collecting the stars!!! And that contest was close...just as I was about to steal all of
EasyRingo's stars, someone nailed me!!!! On the same technicality as Sally!!! So Carol's
stars were safe for now!!! She would lose them later!!! But the winner was in the end,
Steve's sister, Angela...she won the Miss Manner's Award along with a Bucchioni
Bunny...signed by Jack himself, of course!!!
So as the Brunch was coming to a close, everyone was getting group pictures and then the
grand prize winner was announced...the ticket holder received a $100 Gift Certificate to
the Big Grizz!!! Then it was off to the shop where Jack was doing the actual signing.
Sandy, who opened the store before we all got there, told me that the little Bucchioni
Bears and Hares were so excited when she got there, they couldn't contain themselves,
because they all thought it was Jack coming through the door!!! She tried to calm them
down, and all the critters, even Wheelie, wanted to know if they looked ok!!! Finally Jack
showed and all the store was a clatter!!! I don't know who were more excited, the bears or
the guests!!! Again, Jack did a wonderful job with the signing, he took the time to chat
with everyone, I saw Marisa (WarmFzy6) in the corner with him for a long time...what WERE
you talking about Girl?!? Marisa of course spent her new found money and a few more of her
own on all the Bears and hares she could hold!!! And the ones she couldn't she promptly
added to her wish list...Better watch your wallet Larry!!! LOL Linda (AuntieBud) had so
much in her arms she had to take a seat and take a breather...right next to Jack!!!!
I brought Megan home and just like Bethany she was showing her signed
footpads off to all the other critters...she likes to be the center of attention!!! Then
to top it off, Carol and Lee hosted a Bears and Hares Pasta Party that night!!! The wine
was flowing and the food was plenty. Everyone chatted late into the night. Well in
closing, it was a wonderful day...the weather was beautiful, the food was great, the
company was outstanding...of course, you wouldn't expect anything less from the
MOBsters!!! Glad to meet you all, and I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as me, and I
can't wait till Rosemont!!!
Thanks, Mary, for your great report - Sally Jechura
UP TO HOST "TRAVELING WHEELIE BUCCHIONI"