Written by Squirrel Rauch. Media by Steven Potter.
“Ready, set, go find some eggs!” The words were barely out of Kaylee Summers mouth before the 40 plus girls at Patriot’s Park took off. It was a free for all race and they only had 15 minutes to find the eggs the Burritt RCs painstakingly took time to hide. Some headed toward the lake that sits in the middle of the park, while others began scouring the tree line and the rocks by the cars. Shouts of “I found one” rang out through the air as the candy filled capsule was added to bags of multicolored treasures. It was a windy day with hair and clothing flapping in the spring wind causing some wild hairdos, but this only intensified the hunt. The Burritt Easter Egg Hunt was in full swing.
Seven different colors of Easter eggs were hidden throughout a small section of the park. Three for five points each and three of the same color for 10 points each. Points could be turned in later for prizes such as a big blue bunny and an Easter egg coloring kit. The seventh color was gold and there were only three of these large eggs. Inside each golden egg was a Jo’s gift card, a prize any college student would enjoy. The eggs were hidden well so that it was exciting when you pushed away a rock or some grass to expose the eggs. Miranda Brooks had come to the hunt with the sole intention of finding a few eggs and getting some chocolate. She watched other girls heading back to the pavilion – which Rebecca Munshaw decorated beautifully with a hand painted sign and tissue paper flowers – and decided to follow them, but not before checking out a few more trees. She was rewarded with another few eggs that the girls had missed. Remembering that everyone had dashed off away from the pavilion as soon as the hunt started she decided to go look around it. There was a big black grill standing off to the side and she wondered if there was an egg there. She grasped the handle and heaved it upward. It was very heavy and she could only lift it to see a little bit of the inside. She was about to give up when she noticed a girl rapidly approaching the grill. Sensing that she was near a prize, she gave a final shove and lifted the lid all the way and lo and behold, there lay a golden Easter egg.
Miranda is happy with the gift card because she loves getting Jo’s coffee before philosophy class – let’s face it, all good philosophers drink coffee. Stephanie Weis found the second golden Easter egg in the rocks. What became of the third one though is a mystery. Some say a duck came up and took it back to her nest hoping for better results than the ugly duckling. Others think that someone found it and left the park before the points were tallied. We may never know.
Since the day was windy and the air rather chilly, the rest of the festivities were held in Burritt lounge. There was a popcorn machine and everyone enjoyed fresh movie style popcorn, washed down by glasses of lemonade. Girls were given the opportunity to color Easter coloring pages and trade their chocolate and jelly beans with one another. The overall consensus was that the event was a big hit. When I asked her how the hunt had gone Jessica Ulrich said “Really fun, quote that!” and so I did.