Easter celebrated at annual Greenwich Lions egg hunt

Children were delighted to be on the hunt for Easter eggs as they burst out of the gate with big smiles on their faces. The annual hunt has been a Lions Club tradition for years. —John Ferris Robben

Children were delighted to be on the hunt for Easter eggs as they burst out of the gate with big smiles on their faces. The annual hunt has been a Lions Club tradition for years. —John Ferris Robben

Easter isn’t until this Sunday, April 20, but the holiday got off to an early start last weekend with the Greenwich Lions & ShopRite’s Annual Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12.

The event took place at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park and featured hunts for kids in different age groups throughout the morning. They were staged at intervals so things didn’t get too crowded all at once, and that left plenty of eggs to be found by children of all ages.

The eggs were stuffed with candy and coupons, courtesy of the Greenwich Lions Club. All told there were more than 15,000 eggs hidden as part of the event, which took place throughout the park as the sunny, warm day gave the perfect chance to enjoy the outdoors.

The event is co-sponsored by the Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation and is done through the Lions’ partnership with ShopRite and with help from McDonald’s and Greenwich Bank and Trust. In addition to the egg hunt, there were other family activities, including face painting, kids’ crafts, and visits with Fidelco Guide Dogs. The Easter Bunny naturally made an appearance, interacting with the kids and posing for pictures.

Close to 600 kids and parents attended and an estimated $5,500 was raised.

All proceeds will benefit low vision projects supported by the Greenwich Lions, in addition to other local programs. The event was credited as a team effort between outgoing Lions president Dave Moore and incoming president Ed Philipp as well as from volunteers all over town, including from the Old Greenwich Lions Club.

Post photographer John Ferris Robben was on the scene for the event, and more of his photos will be online on Monday at Greenwich-post.com.

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