Rain can't spoil Easter tradition

BUNNY BRINGS FUN, PRIZES TO EGG HUNT

April 11, 1993|By Amy P. Ingram | Amy P. Ingram,Contributing Writer

The rain and the clouds couldn't keep the Easter Bunny away from the Glen Burnie Mall yesterday.

And it didn't stop 5-year old Angelina Teel and her 4-year old sister Cherubella from participating in their very first Easter egg hunt.

"I want to get a basket full of eggs," said Angelina, who lives in Brooklyn Park. "And I want to see the Easter bunnies who come from the bunny patch."

Glen Burnie's annual Easter egg hunt kicked off at 9 a.m. when 50 eager children rushed in every direction searching for one of the Easter Bunny's 200 colored eggs.

Paula Assero, assistant mall manager, and three other employees hid the plastic eggs donated by Toys R Us in the

north end of the mall. Mall merchants donated the prizes, ranging from coupons for free pretzels to large Easter baskets filled with candy.

"Easter is a real important season to our customers," Ms. Assero said. "We just want to give something back to the community."

After the hunt, the children hopped the bunny train and got pictures taken with the pink Easter Bunny himself.

Angelina was happy to receive a stuffed bunny and a coloring book for her hard work. She is confident in her theory of the Easter Bunny and his eggs.

"There's two Easter Bunnies, a white one who's the boy and a pink one who's the girl," she said. "The white one gets the eggs and shares them with the pink one so that they can hide them together."

Richard Clark, a 10-year-old veteran of Easter egg hunts, collected six eggs and won two huge candy baskets. Richard, who lives in Brooklyn Park, said he's been in many hunts and has always collected lots of eggs.

He said he came for the prizes. "If I get lots of chocolate, I'll be in heaven," he said.

Cheryl Rock of Glen Burnie said she fills her children's baskets with toys, not candy. "They don't need all that junk food," she said.

Her son Michael, 7, said he was content with the coloring books he won from the hunt, but hopes to get a color television on Easter Day.

"The Easter Bunny comes from God," he said. "He starts as a baby bunny and he grows up. Then he steals the eggs from the chicken."

Ms. Assero said the event was successful, despite the poor weather. And, she said, there were toys to spare. "The Easter Bunny always does a great job," she said.

But Brett Persbury, 7, is not so sure of the Easter Bunny and his strange egg ritual. "I don't know, but I think the Easter Bunny's my mom," the Glen Burnie boy said.

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