Egg hunts abound in Franklin County this weekend

Staff Report

Published: 04-06-2023 6:56 PM

Easter is just a hop, skip and a jump away, and so are the annual egg hunts organized across Franklin County.

New Salem

The New Salem Recreation Committee is sponsoring an egg hunt around the town common on Saturday, April 8, starting at 10 a.m. All children who are elementary-school age or younger are welcome.

According to the New Salem town newsletter, kids ages 5 and under will search around the library, playground, old New Salem Academy building, Joan Abboud’s house and Fire Station. Children ages 5 and older can search on the common, 1794 Meetinghouse and annex. A bell will chime 10 times to mark the start of the hunt.

Two golden eggs will be hidden (one on the common and one on the playground). Once participants have completed the egg hunt, those who located the golden eggs can bring them to organizer TaMara Conde to receive a prize. There is a stuffed bunny for the winner in the younger category and a chocolate bunny for the older winner.

Montague

Peter Cottontail’s EGGstravaganza, organized by the Montague Parks and Recreation Department, will be held Saturday, April 8, at 1 p.m. at Unity Park. The event will be held rain or shine.

Children ages 4 to 12 are invited to participate in the tradition, which is now in its 18th year. According to the Montague Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook page, attendees can get their pictures taken with Peter Cottontail and enjoy a bake sale. The egg hunt itself will see 5,000 candy-filled eggs strewn across the park. Participants must bring their own basket or bag to collect the eggs.

Organizers advised that the event is geared toward children ages 4 and up due to the small candy inside the plastic eggs. However, if parents wish to bring children younger than 4, no one will be turned away.

The event is co-sponsored by the Montague Elks Lodge and Greenfield Savings Bank.

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The Leyden United Methodist Church will host its annual egg hunt on Saturday, April 8, starting at 11 a.m. The event will be held both at the church and the neighboring town common.

Attendees are advised to bring their own basket and wear appropriate footwear as the common may be wet. Crafts, snacks and pictures with the Easter Bunny will be offered upstairs in church before the hunt begins.

Donations of candy or treats ahead of time is appreciated. Those interested in donating can contact Emily Herron-Clark at 413-336-6248 to arrange for pick-up.

Northfield

■The Northfield Kiwanis Club’s traditional egg hunt will be held Saturday, April 8, at 9 a.m. at the Northfield Elementary School playground. The event features hundreds of plastic eggs filled with candy, and some with chances to win a prize. Northfield Police officers will chauffeur the Easter Bunny to the hunt in a police cruiser, and Northfield EMS will attend, allowing kids a look inside an ambulance.

■The Brewery at Four Star Farms will host its inaugural Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 8, from noon to 1 p.m. Participants are advised to bring their own baskets to collect eggs. There will also be raffles available.

Shelburne Falls

Organizer Elizabeth Boltz advises her egg hunt will be held Saturday, April 8, starting at noon at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School. Young children through teenagers are welcome.

There is a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds will benefit the elementary school’s second grade class. The event will also include a bakery table with homemade treats.

Greenfield

The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will host an egg hunt on the church lawn after its 10 a.m. service on Sunday, April 9.

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