Families throughout the Plateau faced snow, sleet, rain, and had brief moments of sunshine on Saturday morning as children gathered outdoors at The Village Green in Cashiers or indoors at the Highlands Civic Center for annual Easter Egg Hunt festivities.
The Village Green Executive Director Ann Self rolled the dice with the weather and kept the egg hunt as scheduled outdoors on the event lawns near the Gazebo, Village Play, and garden areas. Self added that the Blue Ridge School Interact Club stuffed and hid over 3,000 eggs for the hunt and 12 volunteers from The Village Green helped with parking, kid control, and the visit from the Easter Bunny.
“I think the weather definitely impacted the turnout, but not the fun,” said Self. “The kiddos who came to hunt were bundled up and scooped up the eggs in less than five minutes!”
She added this is the seventh year that The Village Green has hosted the annual Easter Egg Hunt that was started by Sharon James of S’more Kids Klothes.
“This event is at the heart of The Village Green mission to create meaningful and memorable experiences for members of the community,” she said.
Highlands Park and Recreation Director Lester Norris made the decision to move the festivities indoors because of the weather. Over 2,000 eggs were placed on the Center’s gym floor and when given the signal, children descended upon the eggs gathering as many as they could grab in the unlit gymnasium.
“Had it not already been so wet and the chance of rain so great we would have done it outside in the snow, that would have been special,” said Norris. “But we were afraid the weather might have kept people from coming out.”
Norris added that he estimates approx. 100 people attended the annual egg hunt and he was pleased with the turn out.
Both egg hunts were scheduled at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Norris said he knows that conflicts with other events in the area, but that’s how it’s been done for decades.
“We have been doing this on the Saturday before Easter at 11 a.m. for 30 years or better,” he said. “We have been asked to change the date to keep from conflicting with other Easter egg hunts but again, we have been doing this date and time for 30 years and don’t intend changing that.”
The weather improved on Easter Sunday and downtown Highlands was packed throughout the morning with church and brunch-goers and The Village Green was busy with people flying kites, strolling through the park, or hanging out enjoying the day.
Photos of the annual Easter Egg Hunt at The Village Green by Kristy McCall
Photos of the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Highlands Civic Center by Brian O’Shea