Eggs hunts abound across Franklin County

  • The Easter Bunny hands out candy to children from Leyden and across Franklin County during an Easter drive-thru hosted by the Leyden United Methodist Church in 2021. This year, a traditional egg hunt resumes. Staff File Photo/MARY BYRNE

  • The Easter Bunny hands out candy to children from Leyden and across Franklin County during an Easter drive-thru hosted by the Leyden United Methodist Church in 2021. This year, a traditional egg hunt resumes. Staff File Photo/MARY BYRNE

Staff Writer
Published: 4/7/2022 4:46:24 PM
Modified: 4/7/2022 4:45:47 PM

With COVID-19 health safety regulations lessening, towns across Franklin County are eager to get community members out of their shells to go Easter egg hunting.

Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew

The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew at 8 Church St. in Greenfield will hold its inaugural Easter egg hunt, bake sale and basket raffle on Saturday, April 16, starting at 10 a.m.

“After the pandemic,” said Rector Heather Blais, “we just wanted an opportunity to reconnect with the wider community, fun and neighborliness.”

Eggs, provided by the Moose Lodge, will be strewn upon the green space surrounding the church.

“It’s not a huge area, so it’ll be a brief hunt,” Blais said.

Money raised from the bake sale and basket raffle will go toward a variety of mission and ministry causes, including weekly community meal programs, combating housing insecurity and maintenance of “sacred space,” Blais said.

Those interested in participating should bring a bag or basket to collect eggs.

Bear Country 95.3

2022 marks the final year that Franklin County’s biggest egg hunt will be virtual, according to Dan Guin, general manager of the Bear Country 95.3 radio station.

“For the past two years because of COVID, we did an egg hunt where we put virtual eggs throughout the station’s website,” he recapped.

While he said he wished the radio station’s egg hunt could have returned to its traditional Greenfield Community College setting, a combination of supply chain issues, prize-related uncertainty and complications stemming from the campus becoming a COVID-19 testing location necessitated a continuation of the virtual alternative. Guin expressed optimism that the egg hunt will be back in person “bigger and better next year.”

“2023, we’ll be back in full force for that,” he said.

Those who participate in this year’s virtual egg hunt may search for eggs hidden on the radio station’s website at bear953.com from Saturday, April 9, through Wednesday, April 13. Prizes won will be distributed via drive-thru. More details regarding prize pickup will be distributed to winners online following the egg hunt.

Peter Cottontail’s EGGstravaganza

Nearly two decades since its inception, Montague’s beloved EGGstravaganza is returning to Unity Park on Saturday, April 16.

This year’s hunt marks a return to tradition, with last year’s celebration being a drive-thru prize event. Children will be split into three or four separate age brackets to compete in the egg hunt on the softball field, according to Montague Parks and Recreation Department Clerk Jennifer Peterson.

“(Parks and Recreation Director Jon Dobosz) lets everyone know when they can go and then it’s over in the matter of five minutes,” she said of the event’s typical fervor.

Peterson advised that those interested in participating should show up before 1 p.m. and bring a basket or bag to collect eggs. The department hopes parents respect intentions for the hunt to solely involve children as participants.

Shelburne Falls

Locals of all ages are invited to hunt for eggs around Shelburne Falls in an inaugural event on Sunday, April 17, from noon to 1 p.m. that will involve 2,000 eggs and 100 gift cards.

“This event isn’t connected to any organization,” egg hunt organizer Elizabeth Boltz wrote in an email. “I want to help create some fun for my community and bond with people over silliness and fun.”

Boltz said participants should gather in front of McCusker’s Market, Mo’s Fudge Factor and Buckland Pizza at noon, while children under 5 are invited to go to the triangular green space between Water Street and Main Street. Perimeters outlined include State Street from the West End Pub to McCusker’s, Bridge Street ending at Mechanic Street, Water Street, Cross Street, Church Street, Main Street ending at Water Street, and Mechanic Street ending at Church Street.

Eggs can be redeemed for candy, games, toys and gift cards at The Blue Rock Restaurant between noon and 1:30 p.m.

“Each egg is empty,” Boltz explained. “Some are marked with special labels, decorations. Some have shapes, some are larger than others. Each egg represents a prize … including a special handcrafted chocolate-filled bunny from Mo’s Fudge, peanut-free candy as well, sports games, board games, toy prizes, local gift cards and special gift baskets from local businesses.”

Boltz hopes to make this egg hunt a town tradition should everything go well.

Erving Recreation Commission

The Erving Recreation Commission will hold its annual egg hunt at Riverfront Park on Saturday, April 9, starting at 10 a.m.

“One of my hopes is that we can have people together in person again,” Assistant Town Planner Mariah Kurtz said.

The commission recommends that those interested in participating arrive slightly before 10 a.m. and bring baskets or bags to collect eggs.

“I think it’s a pretty simple event,” Kurtz said. “The Easter Bunny will be there.”

Leyden United Methodist Church

Crafts, activities and games will accompany the Leyden United Methodist Church egg hunt that has been a tradition for “probably 20 years,” according to organizer Emily Herron-Clark.

The hunt, which will be held on the town common on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m., follows a pandemic-impeded year in which the church simply “created goodie bags and handed them out,” Herron-Clark explained.

“I’m looking forward to having a little more freedom and getting back to normal,” she continued.

Crafts, snacks and pictures with the Easter Bunny will be offered downstairs in the church’s fellowship hall prior to the hunt.

“It’s open to anybody,” she said. “Anyone’s welcome.”

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or jmendoza@recorder.com.


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