What to Do: Teddy Bears' Picnic at Tishinka

Courtesy Of Moscow Fair 2007
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt would have been proud: The bears of child's play spawned in his name have lived on for more than a century.

Teddy bears are so called, according to one legend, because the late U.S. president refused once during a hunting trip to kill a captured bear.

The incident prompted The Washington Post's Clifford Berryman to immortalize it in a cartoon editorial, and then a couple, Morris and Rose Michtom of Brooklyn, New York, decided to create a doll called "Teddy's Bear," which quickly became popular.

Teddies have prompted arctophiles, or bear lovers, to celebrate the world over, with museums, library collections and books dedicated to them.

On April 19-22, the bears will fill the T-Module exhibition hall for Moscow Fair 2007, a teddy and doll exhibition and trade fair.

Such exhibits have traditionally been held abroad, said event PR manager Larisa Markova. The annual International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, for example, attracted 80,300 visitors with over 2,000 exhibitors in February.

Seeing examples in other countries, the Russian House of Dolls decided in 2006 to create a similar toy fair in Russia for the following year.

Along with the original Michtom bear, Tsar Nicholas II's personal teddy and Misha, the 1980 Olympic bear, are also to be on display at the T-Module exhibition hall in the Tishinka trade center.

The exhibition begins at noon on Thursday, and the invitation-only opening ceremony is at 7 p.m. More than 100 bear manufacturers and artisans will be represented, Markova said, as well as speakers from the U.S.-based International Guild of Miniature Artisans.

The four-day, 13-event program ending Sunday is to feature talks on how to construct dolls from porcelain and synthetic materials, the basics of creating miniature figures, and trends in dollhouse collecting. Some classes require an additional fee of 500 rubles. A schedule of events and more information can be seen at www.mosfair.ru.

T-Modul exhibition hall, Tishinka trade center, 1 Tishinskaya Ploshchad, Building 1, M. Belorusskaya.