Early Easter event
Julianna Cannarella, 4, left, and her cousin, 8-year-old Kaitlyn Lampke, took time to have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. They both live in Saylorsburg.
Easter baskets, jelly beans, coloring stations and the Easter Bunny made for a fun afternoon at the Chestnuthtill Park in Brodheadsville for a long line of children and their families.
They were ready for fun and games and to meet the Easter Bunny a few weeks early.
"The crowds were unbelievable," said Western Pocono Lioness Vice President Ruth Smith, as she told of families being ready to enter the park building a half-hour before the Lioness were totally ready.
The Lioness Club, along with West End Park & Open Space Commission, hosted the free event.
"An overwhelming success" is what Lioness Club President Virginia Lamendola said of the event as she and Smith tallied the items that were totally used up, including over eight dozen eggs, small paper Easter Egg baskets, and more.
Families came from various towns and villages around the Brodheadsville area, including, Blakeslee, Saylorsburg, Effort, Gilbert, Kunkletown and more.
The children came with parents and grandparents, like Gloria Gower of McMichaels, or aunts and uncles, or even neighbors, like Lioness Joyce Macdonald's friends, the extended Cannarella family from Saylorsburg.
As for the Easter Bunny, aka Lioness Nancy Christman, the event summary is "A hopping good time was had by all, from coloring eggs to a picture with me."