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Egg Hunt on the Lawn

Youngsters sought and scrambled for Easter eggs on the Town Hall lawn Saturday.

 

The Easter Bunny was at  on Saturday while kids looked for eggs.

There were 1,000 of them on the lawn at the Recreation Department event.

One lucky egg hunter found the Big Blue egg and won an Easter basket.

Odogmom April 09, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Great pictures but you missed the 40 or 50 (possibly more) kids that were crying and upset they didn't even see or touch an egg. Bad planning on someone's part.
LargeBlue April 09, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Odogmom. That is a bit harsh considering the good nature in which the event was intended.This is the first year this was held and 1,000 eggs were distributed. I don't think it was the planner's fault. What about the kids who took more than their fair share? That is by no means the planner's fault. 40-50 crying kids? That's a bit extreme as well.
Odogmom April 09, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I think most definitely is the answer to that, Towniemommy... as I encountered the same individual that day. Maybe the intent was good, but not planning accordingly for that many children--a simple registration would have given planners a general idea of head count.
Whisky April 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Love these conspiracy theories!
Ankasha2601 April 10, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Registration is a great idea. I know they do that for the helicopter egg drop in Peabody.
Glenn Kessler April 10, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Hi folks, Yes, I was walking the neighborhood campaigning for Selectman, and I encountered many folks that had been at the event. I spoke with countless people that enjoyed the Easter egg hunt, and I said I was glad to hear it. It is unfortunate that some children came away without eggs, and next year the commission will do everything possible to make it an even better event. The Recreation Commission members (of which I am one) tried really hard to put on a wonderful event for the town, and should be applauded for their efforts. Danielle Strauss put in countless hours for this event to be a success. I, like my fellow members, are volunteers and are not employed by the town. There was in no way any promotion of my or anyone's candidicy for any town office. Registration for the event is a good idea, and will be discussed (along with more eggs)! Rest assured, the event was meant solely for the town to celebrate the holiday season together. GK
Katie Sullivan April 10, 2012 at 04:45 PM
What about different times or different areas for different ages?. My 3 year old (with the head start) was able to get 2 and my 5 and 8 year old came away with none. It was also quite difficult to see the children through the crowd of adults. I have heard from several people (I myself did not see this) that parents were helping children gather the eggs. If the hunting field was limited to only children, it might help with fairness and keeping a safe eye on the kiddos.
Glenn Kessler April 10, 2012 at 07:46 PM
(candidacy)...hurried it !
Glenn Kessler April 10, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Katie, The egg hunt was a great success and the recreation commission volunteers, especially those who were at the event, welcome parent feedback as to how to make the event even better. We want everyone to have a great time and most of all, want the kids to have a great experience. Thank you for your comments. GK
Swampscott Mom April 10, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Glenn, fair enough. I did not know you were a volunteer. That does change things a bit. I appreciate anything volunteers do for the town, and if this was not a paying job, then doing a little promoting of your own platform during the event seems okay to me, (although I do hope the motives were pure, and not purely for political advancement)... There are definite kinks to work out for next year, though, regarding eggs (placing some more halfway through the event would be a good idea, cleaning up the very dangerous pile of broken beer bottles on the wall would be another). I will retract my original comment... People who volunteer for the town should be celebrated not criticized. Thank you for your volunteerwork.
susan ellsworth April 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I brought a 4 and 5 yr old. We waited to go with the 5 yr olds, so I could hold both their hands and help them through the chaos. We did not get one egg. Great idea and have been to others in the past. Maybe a pre registration, different times, and a larger area for the kids to run and to really spread out the eggs, like the middle school bowl area. Parents can watch from above and keep an eye on the small ones. We still had fun.
Jeffrey Rubin April 12, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Sounds like an "eggsaggeration" to me! I didn't see any crying faces when I was there, but if there were, the Easter Bunny was there to bring those smiles back to their faces.
Elmwood Road April 12, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I agree. My 22 month old got one with the help of a very nice 3rd grader, but my 7 year old had no chance, let alone my 9 year old. I was happy to see such a turnout at first - I was shocked! But there were a large number of sad faces within 5 minutes of the first whistle. And while there were a number of parents who ignored the 8 egg limit, there were also instances of nice children sharing with those who found none. In any event, we made up for it with a nice backyard/indoor hunt of our own on Easter morning. My appreciation to the Rec Dept for having their hearts in the right place. Maybe next year the budget will allow for an additional 500 eggs. But there's no need to go overboard like the rumored 12,000 eggs that Marblehead placed....
Dawn Thompson April 12, 2012 at 02:13 PM
It was a great Free town wide event, as well as a FIRST annual event. The Director of Recreation has come up with some fantastic community events to bring the town of Swampscott together, the turnout was much bigger than expected and while it was unfortunate and sad to see some children without eggs after it was over, the Recreation Commission will now have a gauge to go by for future planning, 1000 eggs seemed like a lot, given we had never done an event like this in the past. Next year we will be ready with more eggs and either different start times or seperate hunting sections! I applaude Danielle for coming up with the GREAT IDEA and hope to see as many folks next year!!! I am also on the Recreation Commission and am so happy that the town has a Recreation Director that is trying to bring lots of free, fun events to our families, know that the volunteers obviously had only a positive outcome in mind, and could not imagine the huge turnout!!! Thanks again for coming, please come next year, we will be armed and ready for the masses.
John B Goode April 12, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Nothing is free but it was good to see people enjoying themselves. Perhaps the event can supply a decorated moderate size bag at a small cost. This would help regulate how many the child expects to stash and help ensure everyone gets some and not be a large burden on the town budget.
Glenn Kessler April 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM
More eggs and more smiles is the goal! All of the comments will be taken into account I'm sure!

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