Published: 07/03/2022 15:04:09
Modified: 07/03/2022 15:03:35
Organizer of last year’s Franklin County-wide ‘Take One, Leave One’ egg hunt says the event was so popular it’s calling on area businesses willing to provide service shuttle on April 9 to make it accessible to people without a vehicle.
Turners Falls resident Christina Forde originally came up with a version of this idea for Valentine’s Day after her daughter was disappointed to learn there would be no card swapping at school due to of the COVID-19 pandemic. But she remembers having that blistering moment too close to February 14, and the plan failed to gain traction. So she refined the idea and decided to organize a free Easter egg hunt for the whole county.
“Actually, it went really well. We had, I think, by the end about 50 addresses on the map, maybe even more,” Forde said of last year’s entry. “We had quite a few children. …I got pictures and videos of happy, smiling kids, so that was heartwarming, of course.
Designated residences and businesses place plastic eggs filled with treats in a basket or hidden in front of the property. Egg hunters can visit addresses on the map and take an egg – they are encouraged to replace it with one, although it is not required. Eggs can be filled with items such as a friendly note, stickers, temporary tattoos and candies, although attendees should be aware of potential allergies.
Forde said this year’s event is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. There is a rain date of April 30.
“All of Franklin County is invited,” Forde said.
Last year consisted of stops at Greenfield, Turners Falls, Sunderland, Whately, Northfield and Orange.
“With that, I kind of thought it would keep people away from each other enough, but still give the fun of finding eggs,” Forde said.
Montague’s mother, Heather George, said she and her daughter Alissa Battistoni, now 7, attended last year after George read about the event on the “Greenfield, MA Moms” Facebook page.
“It went well last year,” she said. “It’s amazing what a group of moms can do.”
George said his daughter loves looking for plastic eggs in people’s yards, visiting at least 10 homes. They also left eggs on their property on Turners Falls Road in Montague and plan to do the same this year. She said she wanted “things to be semi-normal for kids these days.”
Anyone interested in participating as an owner or egg hunter should contact Forde at 413-652-8464, [email protected] or via the Franklin County Community Egg Hunt 2022 Facebook page at bit.ly/37c2RlN . A map of participating addresses is also available on the Facebook page.
Contact Domenic Poli at: [email protected] or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.