A dreary day dims a pastel outing

Egg hunt: Heavy coats mean heavy baskets for the young hunters as few turn up to search for sweets in Druid Hill Park.

April 05, 2004|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

With winds gusting at 36 mph and the temperature hovering at just 5 degrees above freezing, hundreds of determined Baltimore-area children pulled on their warmest wear and spent the afternoon searching for candy-filled plastic eggs at Druid Hill Park's seventh annual Easter Egg Hunt.

"I'm going to pick up all the eggs," 5-year-old Christopher Douglas said from under a fuzzy red hat.

Christopher and his mother, Patricia Gurung, who live in Northeast Baltimore, were two of the first participants to register for the hunt.

"It's windy and cold, but at least it's not raining," Gurung said, looking at the sunny side of a gloomy day.

Very few at the hunt donned Easter pastels. The attire of the day was winter hats, gloves and thick coats. The puffier, the better.

"If the wind would subside and it wasn't so cold it would be better," said Virginia resident Joann Trach, who brought her 2-year-old granddaughter Stephanie to the park. "But the kids are having fun."

The elder Trach was wearing a thick blue hat, while the little one was bundled up in a jacket and hood.

An estimated 500 children attended the event, compared with about 6,000 last year, said Kate Blom, greenhouse supervisor for the Baltimore Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, one of the event sponsors.

There was no shortage of candy for those who were hunting for it.

"The weather made it very advantageous for the people who showed up," Blom said.

Last night the temperatures reached freezing, while today's weather is supposed to reach the low 50s. Wind and showers are expected to continue through the week.

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