What’s more fun than a basket of Easter Eggs?

Moms and Dads helping the little folk gather those prized Easter Eggs on Saturday at the W.T. Bland Library

What makes a small town like Mount Dora so special?  Why the small things, of course.

Things like an annual Easter egg hunt on the lawn, under the oaks at the local library.  Things like everyone gathering to share the joy of spring and Easter together – youngster and senior, parents and grandparents – the work of volunteers so happy to see the excited faces of the children.

The Mount Dora Kiwanis Club and the Friends of the W.T. Bland Public Library held their annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday.  With a cotton candy tent, face painting tent, photo ops with the Easter Bunny, and more…

Kiwanians John Stewart, Wayne Minne and Carol Fuller made sure there were eggs enough for everyone again this year.
Kiwanians John Stewart, Wayne Menne and Carol Fuller made sure there were eggs enough for everyone again this year.

Of course, there was an Easter egg hunt – but for such little ones, it was more of an Easter egg pick-up.  The baskets were shiny and new, the eggs were plentiful and the Easter frocks were almost as dazzling as the little gals who wore them.

Olivia, beautifully dressed for the occasion - and she smiled her way through collecting her basket of eggs.
Olivia, beautifully dressed for the occasion – and she smiled her way through collecting her basket of eggs.

As the children and their parents gathered around the perimeter of the egg field of Easter dreams, Mayor Girone lowered his checkered flag – and the race to fill the baskets commenced.

Mayor Girone, center, holding the flag - while eager Easter egg gatherers surround him
Mayor Girone, center, holding the flag – while eager Easter egg gatherers surround him

After the children’s egg baskets were filled with bright, plastic eggs, they were taken to a tent and traded in for treat packages.  Because, honestly, Easter egg hunts are all about the goodies.

Merrick gathered up the goodies with a little help from dad
Merrick gathered up the goodies with a little help from dad

For some, though, the lure of Easter eggs was great, that shining firetruck parked near the entrance of the library was greater.

George was all about the firetruck. Mount Dora Fire Department was on hand to lend a hand, and George was certainly happy they were.
George was all about the firetruck. Mount Dora Fire Department was on hand to lend a hand, and George was certainly happy they were.

It’s the little things, done for little people and big people that make us happy to live ‘Someplace Special’ at Easter, and all year ’round.

Doreen Tewksbury, is in the moment - she works at the library and is a Kiwanian
Doreen Tewksbury, is in the moment – she works at the library and is a Kiwanian
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Hard to tell who had the best time – the collectors of the eggs, or the parents – the collectors of the memories.

 

Melissa DeMarco, Editor (editor@mountdoracitizen.com)