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Gilpin Community Center “eggstends” Easter fun!

eggs-rec_TwinsSnowstorm delayed the annual hunt and diving party for a week

by Patty Unruh

A spring storm dumped nearly two feet of snow on Gilpin County a couple of weeks ago, forcing a postponement of the annual Easter egg hunt and pool party that had been scheduled for March 23 at the Gilpin Community Center (GCC).

In spite of the delay, GCC staff members kept their sunny sides up and forged ahead with Plan B, which consisted of holding the event one week later, on March 30. A crowd of kids from birth to age 12 and their parents returned from spring break to celebrate with indoor egg hunts, games, prizes, and egg diving in the pool.

There was plenty of fun to start with. Children who wanted to craft their own Easter bunny bag did so in the multi-purpose room. Others already equipped with bags and baskets jumped in the Tweety Bird bouncy castle, scaled the climbing wall, or played games in the gym.

After the guests had mostly arrived and blown off some steam, GCC staff rounded up the kids for the main event. Children lined up according to age group outside rooms reserved for them. One thousand brightly hued plastic eggs had been distributed for the eager kids to find. Sounded like a tall order, but at the staff members’ go signals, it took only a few minutes for the boys and girls to scoop those eggs into their baskets. Inside each egg was a piece of candy or a slip that could be redeemed for a small prize. Kids kept the candy and returned the empty eggs to the GCC for use again next year.

The evening finished off with a refreshing dive into the pool to net some more goodies, followed by a swim to work off all those jelly beans.

GCC director Kathi Lambert said there were six extra lifeguards helping the regular staff. Timberline Fire Protection District volunteers and Gilpin Ambulance Authority personnel were also present in support.

Gilpin seniors Kathleen Schrader and Melinda Clemmer had spent several days stuffing the eggs and hid them the day of the event. This valuable and time-consuming help was much appreciated.

Lambert also noted that the GCC had purchased a wide variety of candy. In addition, Jolly Rancher had donated 300 packets of jelly beans.

The Easter Bunny put in a brief appearance but remained elusive most of the evening. Perhaps he was getting a head start on gathering another thousand eggs for next year’s eggstravaganza.

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