Saturday, April 4, 2020

Silliness in the Time of Corona

A "teddy bear picnic" of about 20 bears sits in the front window of John Nelson's Lorraine Street home in Hartford's West End. (Kassi Jackson/Hartford Courant)
From The Hartford Courant article
on Teddy Bear Hunts.
Teddy Bears' Picnic

 John Walter Bratton -- 1867-1947 (composer)
 Sung by Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and many others.

If you remember this song, you're over thirty & probably can't be trusted. But your grandchildren (or great grandchildren) might be involved in the cross-Connecticut teddy bear hunt (from The Hartford Courant):

From East Haven, to Hartford, to Greenwich, neighbors offer a break from social isolation: Teddy Bear hunts

And maybe your grand-children (or great grandchildren) will enjoy this classic song (also mentioned in the article). (Do you remember marching to it?)

The Teddy Bears' Picnic

If you go down to the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise
If you go down to the woods today
You better go in disguise
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Every teddy bear who's been good
Is sure of a treat today
There's lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play
Beneath the trees, where nobody sees
They'll hide and seek as long as they please
Cause that's the way the teddy bears have their picnic
Picnic time for teddy bears
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday
See them gaily gad about
They love, to play and shout, they never have any cares
At six o'clock their mommys and daddys
will take them home to bed,
Because they're tired little teddy bears.

  The song has a long history and was the theme song for a Saturday morning radio program--was it on WTIC. Its provenance appears in a description in the Library of Congress online (

And some of the many versions on youtube are here:

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