In preparation for the Easter Sunday Lions Club Egg Hunt on Sun., April 16 here is a little history for all the adults and children out there that might like to know about the Easter Bunny.
Early German writings from the 1500s mention the legend of the Easter Bunny. As the legend goes; the Easter Bunny would visit good children and lay colored eggs for them in nests that the children would make out of their hats. As the story of the Easter bunny spread throughout the country, Easter baskets became the tradition. The bunny would also expand its edible Easter gifts to children as the decades went by, with candies, chocolates and even small toys becoming popular deliveries.
The Easter Bunny is closely associated with eggs, another early fertility and rebirth symbol used from ancient times. Also, eggs were plentiful in nature during the spring, so they were a perfect item to pair with the celebrations of the end of winter and the beginning of warmth, flowers and new baby animals. Today, the Easter bunny and its eggs remind children and adults everywhere that a new season is starting, and the cold gray days are over.
So all you good little children this year our annual COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT will be combined with a much-needed COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE, on Sunday, April 16th @ 1 p.m. at Lions Park in Eagle River. Participants that bring food items to put in the food pantry truck will have a chance to win the $100 EASTER BASKET.
Come see the Anchorage Fire Department who brings up their fire engine to begin the start of the egg hunt.
Arrive about 12:30 p.m. as the Fire Engine will blow its whistle precisely at 1 p.m., and within 10 minutes the egg hunt is finished. The egg hunt will be broken up into five age groups: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Ages 1-2 will be hunting inside the Lions clubhouse. Eggs, coins and prizes will be distributed in each area. Signs will be posted in the park for the different age groups. We plan to have over 10,000 eggs total and a number of special prizes for each age group.
Our community event is sponsored by: Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions, Eagle River Lions Club, Chugiak Lions Club, VFW Post 9785 and Auxillaries, Eagle River Elks, Masons, Knights of Columbus, and the Bear Mt. Leo’s . If anyone would like to donate eggs, candy or prizes, please contact Bonnie at 907-227-1111, all donations are appreciated.
To learn more about being a Lion please visit www.lionsclub.org. If you would like to learn more about our clubs and events please visit www.sleepingladylions.org, www.eagleriverlions.com, or call Karen at 242-1129 for more information.
Editor’s Note: Karen Burns is the Centennial District Governor for the Lions District 49A.