Never mind that it was a chilly April morning, they turned out aplenty for the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Devonwood. More than 80 children aged 10 and under were on hand and ready to go.
Little Mira Hu, 3 1/2 years old and dressed for the event complete with rabbit ears, was among them. “I am excited,” she said moments before the hunt began, her mom, Yan Liu, and dad, Tianjiao Hu looking on.
The location of the hunt is ideal; the flat, grassy terrain surrounding the gazebo. Eggs are spread all over the grass and, after counting down from 10, the kids take off to scoop them up and pop them in their baskets.
It took the kids but a few minutes to clear the entire area of the plastic eggs, with little prizes inside. As one of the primary organizers, Brittany Mazur, observed, the fun factor plays a big role. It’s nothing like asking the kids to clean their rooms. “Kids can pick up 100 eggs in one minute, but you ask them to pick up their toys and it takes 4 days,” she said with a smile. Mazur and her husband, Jason, have twin boys, Cole and Parker, 2 1/2 years old.
Jillian Ciriello also played a major role in the planning and organization of the event. She and her husband, David, and their son, Nico, 2, live on Glenmore Drive. Ciriello coordinated things through the Devonwood Social Committee and did a great job of coordinating the plastic eggs and decorations among other things. Another Devonwood resident who played a big role in getting the egg hunt off the ground was Michal Carducci. In addition to helping w with the initial planning Carducci also helped with signage and drafted a team of talented young volunteers who helped with face painting and other activities for the younger participants.
With free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and abundant raffle prizes donated by local merchants, the event was a sure hit with the kids. “The kids seem to love it, I think it really went well,” Brittany Mazur said. In fact, she’d like to see more Devonwood social events. “This gets everybody out. And you meet your neighbors,” she said. Perhaps a movie night, or a July 4 picnic, she said. “We’re always looking for new ideas.”
A Great Big Thank You To Our Egg Hunt Sponsors
Neighborhood Living would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to our advertisers who participated in this year’s event:
Monarch Jewelers for their donation of a beautiful custom ceramic “Piggy Bank as well as a $25 gift card.
Link Mechanical for their donation of an IntelliSync Thermostat (Wi-Fi enabled) as well as system Installation
Water Wizards Irrigation for their donation of a either a 20% discount on a new lawn irrigation system or a free season activation of an existing system.
Seshu Photography for providing many of the wonderful photos from the event.
Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream for dishing out well over 120 unique and delicious ice cream cones and cups for our patrons.