Bicycles hidden in eggs at hunt
By Cassie Norton/Staff Writer
Belmont, Mass. - The day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday dawned clear, cool and very blustery, but the hundreds of children who gathered on the athletic field at Chenery Middle School took no notice of the weather.
Some were bedecked in their Easter finest, complete with rabbit ears, while others hung out in their pajamas. A few were distracted momentarily by the promise of donut holes, but most had eyes only for the 9,000 plastic eggs scattered across the field and play area.
Carla Christofori, 8, attended the hunt with her sister Kyla, 5, and their mother. She summed up the prevailing sentiment among the children.
“My favorite part is getting a lot of [eggs],” she said, “and seeing what’s inside.”
Though members of the Belmont Activities Committee, the organizers of the eighth annual Easter Egg Hunt, tried to limit the children to 10 eggs each, three of those eggs had very special contents, indeed.
Liam and Willem Johansson, Maya Chandrakasan and Hailey Murphy were the lucky three who found golden tickets in their eggs, redeemable for bicycles from Wheelworks. The prizes were donated by Belmont Savings Bank, Lawndale Realty and Phoenix Construction Co., based in Watertown. Wheelworks also donated three $30 gift certificates for helmets.
Chandrakasan’s older brother, Krithi, actually found the golden ticket as the family was driving away from the school.
“She didn’t realize she won anything,” Chitra Chandrakasan said of her 4-year-old daughter. “We have been doing the egg hunt for years, and this is the first time we have won anything. It was very exciting.”
She said the family wasn’t sure yet which of the three children would actually get the new bike, but that they will head over to Wheelworks once they figure it out.
As for the rest of the hunt, it “went really well,” organizer Jacqueline Kaiser said.
Kaiser joined the BAC a few years ago and took on the hunt for the first time this year.
Sponsored by the Belmont Center Business Association, this year’s hunt attracted more than 600 egg-hunters and their parents. Children aged 3 to 8 took to the field, while the toddlers scoured the play area for their share.
Oak Avenue resident Rita Carpenter waited in line to enter the play area with Leo, age 2 and a half, who proudly displayed a basket for egg collection.
“We love the egg hunt,” she said. “We’ve been coming for years with our older daughter,” who sadly had to miss the festivities due to a dance class.
Fortified by coffee and donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts, sponsored in part by Century 21 Adams, several parents said they enjoy the hunt, too.
“We love this event,” said Carlton Road resident Diane McCarthy, there with her 4- and 5-year-olds.
Her husband, Mike, agreed.
“It’s always a great time,” he said. “There’s just so many eggs and so little time.”