Three Years Later, Egg Hunt Returns to Lower Frederick
The term “Easter bonnet” took on a new definition Saturday (at top) in Lower Frederick
LOWER FREDERICK PA – It’s been three years since the Lower Frederick Parks and Recreation Board last held a traditional Easter egg hunt. A rainstorm canceled the potential for one outing, members reported, and the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out two more. So there was a little anxiety in its planning for the hunt’s return Saturday (April 16) at Coble Park. Would the public show up?, they wondered.
They need not have been worried.
Scores of township families and their children filled two fields of the Perkiomenville facility, divided for children into groups of ages 6 and younger, and another for those older. Many arrived early, hoping to get good starting points at edges of the asphalt trail that bordered both. Some youngsters even did a little advance scouting. Parents successfully prevented premature egg snatchers.
There was a traffic jam in the Coble parking lot as well. Drivers displayed patience, however, as volunteers directed them to open spots or suggested alternatives.
Board Chair Pam Reich was both delighted and relieved by the turnout. While the event benefited from bright sunshine and warm temperatures, she said the township also promoted the hunt to ensure residents knew of the opportunity. “It’s been so long since we’ve done this,” she acknowledged.
An Easter Bunny representative made a requisite appearance, with snow-white fur, pink ears, an enduring smile, and a silent right-handed wave to anyone turned in its direction. That wave seemed like a magnet to the young crowd. Many of them walked toward the rabbit, offered outstretched arms, and gave a waist-high hug. Parents quickly grabbed their cell phone cameras to capture the moment.
“You’ve got to be quick or you miss those shots,” board member and Reich’s husband, Greg, observed. He should know; he was all over the fields, taking photos and welcoming the visitors. Township Board of Supervisors Chair Marla Hexter was there too, chatting with parents.
The only living creature seemingly distressed by the activity was a single deer, scared out of its bedded hiding place at the park’s west corner.
It bolted south across the field laid out for ages 6 and older, toward trees that provided camouflaged cover, fewer people, and less noise. Several kids pointed to the deer as it fled. “Looook!,” they yelled, as the fleeing deer briefly upstaged the rabbit of the day.
Photos by The Posts