By Diane Chase
This weekend North Country Community College (NCCC) will host its 2nd annual Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the Sparks Athletic Complex Soccer Field in Saranac Lake. No worry there is an inside alternative in case of bad weather. The backup plan for the event is the Sparks Athletic Complex Alumni Gymnasium, according to NCCC’s Athletic Director Heather Conger.
My children never seem to grow out of hiding refillable toy eggs. They have gathered quite a collection over the years from wooden, plastic and even metal egg-shaped trinkets. Most have the capability of hiding a treasure even though the eggs are usually empty. Full of candy or hollow, my kids’ seem to revert back to their caveman instincts of hunting and gathering.
For my children these multi-colored faux eggs are really a smaller version of the cardboard box that holds the child’s attention longer than the actually gift.
Heather had driven her family to Plattsburgh to participate in the annual CVHP Medical Center’s Easter Egg Hunt and came back to the college wondering if it was something they could do for the children of this community. As she says, “it take little effort and we were able to get funds and work with the SGA (NCCA Student Government Association) and the Saints Athletic Department to make it happen.”
This year students and staff at NCCC will hide about 4,000 eggs around the soccer field. I’m told the eggs are easy to find so it’s more “egg scramble than hunt.” Last year there was even a separate section for the youngest children. The event will start shortly after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday April 23rd. Heather suggests people be prompt. Last year it took all of 10 minutes to find all the eggs. For more information contact Heather Conger at 891-2915 X236. Please have children bring their own basket.
For anyone heading to Plattsburgh, CVPH Medical Center will host its Egg Hunt on the front lawn on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. as well. CVPH hides around 10,000 eggs. Apparently it takes about 10 minutes for children to find treats no matter how many are hidden. It would seem these events are something to show up a bit early for. Enjoy!