Monday, July 25, 2011

Waverly Community Comes Together for BEARS ON BROAD STREET Event

(WAVERLY, NY) Live bears will again perform at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) in downtown Waverly, NY on August 13th and 14th – and they will be joined by clowns, jugglers, dancers, music and food and even a dunking booth. The live bear event is a fundraiser for the Center, and they invited all of the businesses in downtown Waverly to join in the fun this year in order to make it a festival to be enjoyed all weekend long.

SRAC’s Deb Twigg explains, “So far we have 22 different events occurring during the Bears on Broad Street weekend festival. Some of the events include the Railhouse Restaurant hosting a chicken barbeque, Waverly Business Association (WBA) sponsoring a clown and a juggler, the American Legion sponsoring a dunking booth, the Waverly Methodist Church having free food in the evening and music all day on Saturday, and even Waverly historian, Don Merrill giving free tours both days during the event-and that is just the short list of things we are all working on. We also had businesses like The Dandy Mini Mart, Tioga State Bank, Tom Thumb's Daycare and Nursery, The Waverly VFW, Ram's Auto, and Arnold's Excavation, Joe Murrelle Press who sponsored our event and we gave them free tickets to the show of their choice in return.”

The idea to make the bear event into a community festival arose when the Racing FanFare hosted by the Waverly Business Association(WBA) was cancelled. Twigg contacted the WBA and asked them to help SRAC rally interest from the Waverly businesses. In the end, the WBA sent out forms from SRAC asking the local businesses if they wanted to take part in the festivities for the weekend at no cost and in whatever way that they chose. The only thing that was asked of them was to let the WBA know so that they could make an event program for visitors to know what was going on in Waverly that weekend. “The response has been great, and I think the event is going to show just how a community can come together to bring something special to their community. I want to especially thank the WBA for going the extra mile for SRAC this summer.” Twigg added.

The live bear shows by “Rosaire’s Bears” from Sarasota Florida will occur twice each day at 1 and 5 pm. Discounted presale and reserved tickets can be purchased at SRAC during their normal business hours or online at Currently, front row reserved seats cost $11, general admission seats are $9, seniors, students and SRAC members are $7 and children under 5 get in for free. (All prices except for SRAC members will go up one dollar the day of the event.) SRAC is also hosting a children’s bear coloring contest at the Center with winners getting a free ticket for themselves and a parent.

Twigg continued,”I can’t tell you how proud I am to be a part of a community that is helping SRAC make our fundraiser a significant event this summer. During these hard times when a lot of museums are closing and having troubles keeping their doors open, our community stepped up and rolled up their sleeves. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street Waverly, NY. To learn more about the Bears on Broad Street event, visit:, or call the Center at (607)565-7960.

View the 2009 Bears on Broad Street Event picture gallery here:

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