Good Easter-egg hunting weather
It was cold at Camp Richardson last spring and children had to trudge through the snow that fell on Easter Sunday to find the eggs hidden there.
The sun was as bright this year as the yellow, blue, green and purple eggs were concealed at the bottom of trees, in bushes, or sitting on the sand for the Easter Egg hunt hosted by the Beacon Bar and Grill.
“It is great to be out in the sun,” said Tina Johnston, who’s 5-year-old daughter, Janae, gathered 10 eggs laying on the beach. “Every other year she has been in her boots running through the snow on the ground.”
Janae enjoyed the warm weather, but said, “The running and finding eggs is the best part.”
Her 8-year-old friend Sadie Elkins disagreed
“The best part of Easter are the presents and goodies in my Easter basket,” she said.
The egg hunt was one of at least seven held on the South Shore over Easter weekend, and brunch was offered during the event in an attempt to raise money for South Tahoe High School’s Grad Night.
“Camp Richardson is the place to come for Easter,” said Gay Horton, who is organizing an alcohol free graduation party for STHS seniors. “We are here because of Grad Night, but I love to see the children out there having a good time.”
The children searching for eggs were split in to three groups – toddlers, 4 to 6 years old, and a last group for older children. More than 1,200 dyed eggs were hidden on the shore of Lake Tahoe and while some hunters found more than a dozen eggs, no prizes were given at Camp Richardson.
High School students dressed as the Easter Bunny and a chicken did give children candy, which David Quandt, 16, said was a big responsibility.
Even in Ancient Greece, rabbits served as symbols of fertility and spring renewal but bunnies were first associated with Easter in Germany where they appeared in writings in the early 16th century. There children believed if they were good “Oschter Haws” would leave a nest full of colored eggs.
“I like to see all the kids come see the Easter Bunny and want to hug him,” said Quandt, who also played the Easter Bunny last year. “It is just great to see everybody in the community coming together and having a good time.”
“I saw the talking bunny rabbit and the chick,” 3-year-old Brandon Castro said in awe. “He gave me candy.”
His mother, Jennifer Castro, told him the magic of Easter allowed the bunny to talk, and said, “Where else in the country can you go to an Easter egg hunt on a beach on a beautiful lake. (Brandon) will have this memory for the rest of his life.”
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