The hunt for hidden Easter eggs

April 05, 1993|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer

Spying a cluster of pink eggs under a bush, 5-year-old Heather Haynes stealthily slipped into the best position to seize them the moment the hunt began.

The green lawn outside Resurrection Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park was littered with plastic, multicolored eggs. Yellow eggs bobbed from branches in evergreens, purple eggs poked out among the crocuses and lime green eggs nestled under shrubs.

But Heather alone took care of dozens of them. "Look at all of these," she cried, snatching up the plastic eggs containing candy and prizes.

More than 75 other children, from toddlers in lace dresses to 10-year-olds in Sunday suits, scampered across the lawn yesterday filling their baskets during the church's fourth annual Easter egg hunt.

"I'm gonna get lots. At least 20," boasted Zachary Quasny, 5, swinging a big plastic sack as he peered under bushes for eggs.

The competition was fierce, but no one went home empty-handed. The Rev. Thomas Walters, pastor of the church on Hammonds Lane, made sure every child and even the adults had a good time from the moment they arrived.

Shortly after 2 p.m., the crowd gathered in a gym adjacent to the church for cupcakes, milk and a contest to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar. The festivities continued with the arrival of the Easter Bunny and ended with the big hunt.

Frank Wehberg, a white-haired 61-year-old introduced by the pastor as "a guardian angel," said the Easter egg hunt gives the church a chance to open its doors to the community.

"This brings the church and the community together," he said with a big smile. "I just love this. I enjoy the kids and meeting the parents and all. It's a nice day."

Indeed, the bright and breezy day seemed perfect for an Easter egg hunt. The sun shone and a light wind tossed the little girls' pony tails. Motorists stopped to watch, and residents of the Meridian Nursing Home across the street peered out of the windows at the children.

"I enjoy the expressions on the children's faces," said Dorothy Enderiss, who brought her granddaughter, Jessica Irvin, 5, for the third year in a row. "Everything's so wonderful when you're watching it through a child's eyes."

The youngest struggled at first to hold onto their baskets and pick up the eggs but quickly caught on.

Three-year-old Sarah Hyde was nearly dwarfed by a basket decorated with a big pink bunny. She was shy in the gym, but not when it came to picking up eggs outside. "See, see," she cried and darted across the lawn to fill her basket.

Nisa Nehta and Kelli Willis, both 10, said they haven't outgrown the annual hunt yet. Pulling a whistle, stickers and candy from a sack of treats given by the Easter Bunny, Nisa said, "It's pretty fun. I wish I could come again."

Next year she will miss the fun because the church limits the hunt to children 10 and under. But Ashley Gluck still has a few years to go.

"I think it's a good idea," the 7-year-old said in a serious voice. Asked why, she crowed: "Because you get lots of candy. It's fun."

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