Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

April 4, 2014

Easter Bunny hops into area

Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune
The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — Seven Easter egg hunts on the next three Saturdays will make area children excited about the upcoming spring holiday. Families should bring cameras and baskets for their loot.

In chronological order:

• The Brookville Kiwanis will have a freewill offering breakfast (with proceeds benefiting Riley Hospital for Children) April 5 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a hunt at 10 a.m. at Brookville Elementary School, reports Secretary Linda Vaughan. Participants should enter from the back side of the building. Children ages 10 and under will be divided into groups to search for about 500 eggs. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to greet the youngsters.

• After a free breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Sunman Community Park at 10:30 a.m. April 12, three consecutive hunts start at 11 a.m. Children by age groups (1-3, 4-6 and 7-10) will look for over 1,500 candy-filled eggs, and prizes will be awarded, reports Pat Scharf of the beautification committee, which sponsors the party with the chamber of commerce, town and Sunman IGA.

• Over 5,000 eggs will be hidden for the 20th annual Ripley County Chamber of Commerce hunt April 12 at 11 a.m. near the Versailles State Park swimming pool. Kids will be grouped by age (1-3, 4-6 and 7-10) to find their surprises. Volunteers are needed and can enlist by contacting executive director Amy Thomas at 812-689-6654 or ripleycc@ripleycountychamber.org.

• A hunt sponsored by the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and co-hosted by Batesville Young Professionals and the city takes place April 12 at 11:30 a.m. at Liberty Park. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the park pavilion. Children will be divided by age (1-3, 4-6 and 7-9) to search separately for 5,000 eggs. Parents are allowed to accompany the youngest age group, but must not assist their children in picking up eggs. No strollers or babies in arms are allowed during the hunt. After searching is over, each participant will get a surprise. In addition, Kroger employees will give out frisbees, Batesville Soccer Club will distribute balls and Tri-State Artisans will provide face painting. Clowns add to the merriment.

• The Oldenburg Academy Alumni Association’s seventh annual festivity is April 19 at 10 a.m. on the Sisters of St. Francis grounds. This year’s hunt will include over 1,600 eggs, and children in each age group (3 and under, 4-6 and 7-10) will also be able to get their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. Afterwards, attendees can enjoy refreshments in the Twister Cafe.

• The Batesville United Methodist Church Community Egg Hunt, arranged by Linda Koon, is set for April 19 at 10 a.m. on the grounds and parking lot. The event will be inside if it’s rainy. Children will be divided into age groups (2-4, 5-7, 8-10 and 11-12), and games and snacks will be available for those waiting for their hunt.

• Kids from the New Point area in fifth grade and younger will search for about 1,400 candy-filled eggs at the New Point Kiwanis Club hunt April 19 at 1 p.m. at Saltcreek Township Park there. “We will give away Easter baskets and other prizes,” reports member Iris Glass. In case of rain, it will be held in the New Point Community Building.

Diane Raver can be contacted at diane.raver@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.

Other holiday excursions • Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, 601 W. First St., Madison, offers festive activities Saturday, April 12, from noon-1:30 p.m. Children ages 3-8 can hunt for Easter eggs on the grounds and enjoy stories, crafts, face painting, historic games and visits with the Easter Bunny. Admission is $3 per child at the Lanier/Madison Visitor Center, located across Vine Street from the mansion. One adult per child gets in free. Info: 812-265-3526 or indianamuseum.org/lanier. • Children can meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for a golden egg during the 14th annual running of the Easter Bunny Express Saturday, April 19. The train departs from the nonprofit Whitewater Valley Railroad's Grand Central Station, 455 Market St., Connersville, and makes four round trips south to a patch two miles away at 10:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 and 4:15 p.m. The hunt is open to kids 8 and under who need to bring baskets. Reservations are recommended. The cost is $10 for riders 2 and up. To purchase tickets: www.whitewatervalleyrr.org or 765-825-2054.