Not Just for Kids

Vol. 8, No. 16
April 20-26, 2000
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Why do we …color easter eggs?

Eggs of pretty purple, bright yellow or sky blue. What’s your favorite? It’s fun to change a plain white egg into a fancy colored one. Wonder where this idea came from?

Years ago, on the first day of spring, people honored Eastre, the goddess of new life. Eggs, a symbol of new life, were painted with bright colors to look like the sunlight of spring. These beautiful eggs were given as gifts and brought to springtime celebrations where they were used in games, just as we do today.

So have an Easter egg hunt or an egg rolling contest, and enjoy your spring sunshine. Easter eggs aren’t just for eating.

Just think of all the bunnies you know

Bugs Bunny, Peter Rabbit, Br’er Rabbit? Who’s your favorite? My favorite is a bunny you may not have heard of. She is a lady bunny, and you can meet her in Du Bose Heyward’s book, The Country Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes.

When she was young, cottontail bunny dreamed of being an Easter bunny. The big jackrabbits laughed at her, but she told them, “wait and see.” She grew up and had a family with 21 baby bunnies. Then one day she heard that wise old Grandfather bunny was looking for a new Easter bunny. Only the swiftest, wisest and kindest bunny would be chosen. See how dreams can come true in this story of excitment, challenges and magical golden shoes.

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Heyward (1939)

Impress Your Friends
With an easy-to-make Easter dessert


  • Cake mix or your own recipe.
  • Fluffy white frosting mix is OK.
  • Coconut, jelly beans and string licorice.

  • Bake a 2-layer round cake.
  • Cool cakes, and cut one in half.
  • Trim each half to bunny ear shapes
  • On a serving plate, place the 2 halves above the other whole layer as ears.
  • Frost the cakes with fluffy white icing.
  • Sprinkle with coconut.
  • Use jelly beans for eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Make whiskers using string licorice.

Kids' Calendar

Gone Fishin’
Thurs. April 20 (3:30pm)-Settle in by a fishin’ hole w/Ranger Brian to learn some of the basics of catching fish. Gear provided. Ages 7-11. Kinder Farm Park, Millersville. rsvp: 410/222-6115.

Earth Day Egg Hunt
Sat. April 22 (10am)-Explore a park in search of eggs at an Earth Day Egg Hunt. After checking out your prizes, scope out a special recycling display. Bring your own basket. Ages 8 & under. Calvert Cliffs State Park, Lusby: 301/872-5688.

Cedar Grove Egg Hunt
Sat. April 22 (10am)-Step carefully on an Easter egg hunt for special golden and silver prize eggs plus candy scriptures and stickers. Before hunting learn the true meaning of Easter; later, go inside for snacks, tattoos and games. Ages 2 thru middle school. Cedar Grove UMC, Deale: 410/867-7417.

Make Eggs in the Creek
Sat. April 22 (1-3pm)-Hear a few neat stories about eggs while you learn new ways to decorate them. Bring hard-boiled eggs in a cooler. Ages 6-10. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, near Prince Frederick. $3; rsvp: 410/535-5327.

Dig a Bug Garden
Tues. April 25 (10:30-noon)-Come dig in the dirt and plant a garden for butterflies and bugs. Bring the parents and be ready for muddy knees. Ages 3-5. Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown. $3; rsvp: 410/535-5327.

Something for Every-Bunny
Sun. April 23 (2pm)-Bunny hop out for an Easter Eggs-travaganza with none other than the Easter Bunny himself. Games, contests, an Easter egg hunt and cookout are topped off with a grand magic show. A portion of the proceeds will go to We Care & Friends, which benefits needy families.Surfside Restaurant, Edgewater. Adults $10, Kids free. rsvp: 410/956-8075.

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