Friends of Bear

Bear on the Square is looking for some new Friends. All those who love our festival and come back year after year are invited to help us bring great free music, free workshops, and a free festival for two days every April.

To support this celebration of Southern Appalachian music, traditional craft and folkways, we encourage you to become a member of Friends of the Bear. And because Bear on the Square is a non-profit organization — with all proceeds going back into presenting the yearly festival and supporting efforts to maintain awareness of our regional culture — most of the membership fee is tax deductible.

It costs a significant amount to stage a major event like Bear on the Square, including providing facilities, paying the featured performers, printing promotional materials, etc. The majority of the work and expenses depend on a large group of volunteers and our treasured group of sponsors.

However, each year additional funds are needed, and that’s where Friends of Bear plays a significant role.

In addition to receiving our sincere appreciation, Friends of Bear receive various festival-related items based on the amount of their contribution. Following is a list of contribution levels and thank you gifts; however, please know that your donation of any amount makes a difference!

Gold Patron - $200

Receive your choice of a “Friends” tote, hat, or t-shirt (while they last) and a small stuffed bear, poster and bumper sticker . . . AND a commemorative 20th Annual Event CD featuring performers from Bear’s first 20 years.

Silver Patron - $100

Silver Patrons receive the choice of one “Friends” tote, hat, or large stuffed festival bear plus the commemorative CD and poster

Bear Jammer - $50

Each contributor at this level receives either a small stuffed bear or poster and a commemorative 20th Annual Event CD featuring performers from Bear’s first 20 years.

Bear Cub - $25

Each contributor at this level receives a commemorative 20th Annual Event CD featuring performers from Bear’s first 20 years.

To become a Friend of the Bear, please click on the Donate button in the level you choose or mail your check with name, mailing and email addresses, and phone number to: Friends of Bear, P.O. Box 1015, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Thank you so much for your support!

The Bear on the Square Mountain Festival Inc. is a 501C(3) corporation, with the purpose of preserving and showcasing the authentic culture of the Georgia mountains and the Southern Appalachian region.

2019 Friends of Bear

Donna and Tim Blanton
Jimmy and Margo Booth
John Callaway
Greg Clark
In Memory of Jim Conaway
Deborah and Mike Dane
Richard Davidow
Bill Trulock and Barbara Kleiber
Lara Lowman and Bard Wrisley
Margie and Bob McAbee
Kate McDuffee
Bill and Barbara Day Miller
Shuli and Fred Stock
Glenn and Barbara Venable

In Memory of Glenn and Nell Miller

Pamela Deemer
Bobbi Larson
Darren and Michelle Sapp
Ken and Sandra Snyder