April 8, 2005

Volume 33,
Issue 14

Sat, Feb 27, 2016


Bears migrate to Seattle
Bears migrate to Seattle for Northwest Bears Spring Thaw XI
Bears from all over the country and beyond will gather in Seattle April 14-17 for Northwest Bears Spring Thaw XI. Spring Thaw has been an ongoing event since 1994, when Northwest Bears invited bears from clubs up and down the Pacific coast to Seattle to celebrate spring and the springtime beauty of the Puget Sound area. Since then, the event has grown with bears converging in Seattle from all over. It is a weekend of fun and renewal of many friendships. But more than that, it is the major charity fundraising event through the “Beard, Belly and Buns” contest, a fun contest whereby contestants for each “title” solicit dollar votes from the gathered bears. The candidate amassing the largest amount of money in each category is declared the winner. At Spring Thaw 2004, over $5,600 was raised for Lambert House between the Beard, Belly and Buns contest and a silent auction of items donated by local and out-of-town merchants and vendors.

Some of the features that bears can expect this year include Freddy Freemans Bearapalooza in their first appearance on the West Coast. Bearpalooza showcases Bear musicians, some of them featured in their new CD, Beartracks Vol. 2, including Seattle performer, Tommy Johns. Other events will include the Spring Thaw signature lunch cruise in Elliot Bay aboard the Argosy Line boat, the Lady Mary and the Spring Thaw banquet and the aforementioned Beard, Belly and Buns fundraiser contest, to again benefit Lambert House. Closing the weekend will be a Sunday brunch and silent auction and finally a farewell cocktail party. In between, there will be opportunities for organized tours, parties, bar hopping, vendor mall of bear-interest merchandise, and self-guided shopping and visitors tours.

To register and for further information, login to the Spring Thaw web site For information about Bearapalooza, see

Leslie Robinson

Madelyn Arnold