Dec 17 2010
Aspen Historical Society along with skilled storytellers from the internationally recognized Spellbinders organization will host a Yuletide tradition when “Teddy Bear Story Hour” returns to the Wheeler/Stallard Museum on Tuesday, December 21st, beginning at 4:00 pm. The story hour was created for children ages 3 to 6 years and attending children are encouraged to bring along their personal Teddy Bears to enjoy the stories as well! Cost for the event is $5 per child or $10 per family.
Spellbinders was founded in Denver in the late 1980s as a way to help bridge what was perceived as a growing disconnect between generations as many adults moved into retirement communities. The original pilot program, developed in 1988 by Germaine Dietsch in conjunction with the Denver Public Schools, brought together a group of senior citizens who were trained in the art of storytelling by professional storytellers who then took their newfound skills to elementary school classrooms. Successful from the start, Spellbinders discovered that their storytellers enjoyed telling the stories as much as the children loved to hear them. The organization has ultimately grown to include 22 chapters in 6 states, Canada and Wales and the Society is delighted to welcome them as “Teddy Bear Story Hour” storytellers. This event is a holiday tradition in the Aspen area and will leave the children – and likely their parents – with a new found appreciation for old-fashioned story telling and holiday traditions.
The Wheeler/Stallard Museum is a Queen Anne style Victorian house built by Jerome B. Wheeler in 1888 and is located on the corner of 6th and Bleeker in Aspen, Colorado in the historic West End neighborhood. The Aspen Historical Society wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season and hopes to see all young Teddy Bear aficionados and holiday revelers at this traditional holiday event. Call (970) 925-3721 or go online to www.aspenhistory.org
for more information.