Local Easter events provide egg-cellent adventures
It may take weeks to prepare but only minutes to conduct. It involves, as we know, no chickens, or roosters, but plenty of eggs and early morning readiness.
Welcome to the Easter egg hunts in the Quincy Valley.
The first one occurred at 9 a.m. in George on April 20, at the town’s Community Park, with the community service group The Georgettes getting up bright and early to spread more than 800 plastic eggs around the grassy areas of the park.
“Mary Lou (Krautscheid) got here right around 6,” said her fellow Georgette, Lynn Felder.
Planting the eggs takes less than two hours, but planning the egg hunt takes several weeks.
“We have to buy the eggs, then stuff the eggs,” said Felder. “Then we store them.”
The eggs are stuffed with wrapped, sealed candy during a Georgettes meeting in the weeks prior to the hunt, Felder said, adding that the group tends to stay away from candy containing nuts to avoid allergy problems.
In addition to the egg hunt, the group raises money by selling coffee and doughnuts, which come in handy when parents have to brave the morning chill as they wait for the hunt to start.
The George hunt splits children according to age and sets a limit on how many eggs each child may collect.
The Quincy hunt splits children according to ages, too, but that’s about where the rules end. Hey, if you want rules, call the police. Which is exactly what the Quincy hunt does, with police officers setting up camp in the middle of it at East Park, passing out extra eggs, stickers and temporary tattoos of the QPD’s logo.
The Quincy chapter of the Moose Lodge, No. 1925, puts on the hunt, which starts at 10 a.m., staggering the time with the George hunt and The Cambridge Assisted Living hunt so children can get to all three, Moose Governor Mario Arizmendi said.
Planning the Quincy hunt takes about two weeks, from reserving the park, buying the eggs – a stunning 2,000 of them – contacting the media and stuffing the eggs with prizes and candy.
“And they go in like 30 seconds,” Arizmendi said with a laugh.
The 30 seconds are about 25 more seconds than the eggs lasted at The Cambridge hunt, which started at 2 p.m, and which required egg-hunters to search for treasure down the hallways and into the dining areas of the facility and the lobby. Evelyn Orozco, social manager of The Cambridge Assisted Living, says the setup doesn’t take too long, about 25 minutes for 100 eggs or so.
The residents took their time to chat with the young egg-hunters, some of whom included the children of Cambridge personnel. And still the eggs went super fast.
“I think it’s mainly because we had older little kids here, so they were a little faster,” she said. “I think next year we will divide the hallways between younger kids and older kids.”
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org