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Out & About: Mascoma Valley launches drive-by egg hunt

  • Bergamini siblings Arabella, 5; Jennika, 10; and Brian, 3; read while their mother Elaina Bergamini (not pictured) works on painting eggs as part of the Community Easter Egg Hunt Social-Distancing-Style event that is taking place throughout the Mascoma Valley. Elaina Bergamini photograph

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 3/25/2020 8:31:09 PM
Modified: 3/25/2020 8:31:04 PM

ENFIELD — With Easter barely two weeks away, it’s many of the traditional egg hunts that families look forward to each year won’t be taking place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

So a group of Mascoma Valley residents is organizing what they’re calling a “Community Easter Egg Hunt Social-Distancing-Style” from now until Easter Sunday on April 12.

And it’s somewhere between a traditional Easter morning and a road-trip “I Spy’ game.

“Right now, the first jumping-off point is we’re encouraging people to make an egg or multiple eggs and put them out where they’re viewable from the road,” said Kate Plumley Stewart, who is a member of the group Mascoma Messenger, an online forum on Facebook that collects news about the Mascoma Valley and is sponsoring the egg hunt. “People are encouraged to put out their eggs whenever they’re ready.”

Organizers are encouraging people to use items they have around their homes or repurposing materials from their recycling bins. The activity could be a good fit for parents who are now home-schooling their children or others who want to do something new while they’re practicing social distancing.

“Maybe they found themselves working from home with a little extra time because they don’t have community activities,” said Stewart, of Enfield. “I think it’s a great opportunity for people to be creative.”

After placing their completed eggs in their yards, people are asked to take a photo of the setup and post it in the “Community Easter Egg Hunt Social-Distancing-Style” Facebook event page.

Stewart recalled the excitement of being a child and going to see the lights at La Salette Shrine in Enfield during Christmastime and could see the egg hunt bringing out a similar feeling.

“You’d take this long drive and look at everyone else’s lights just for fun,” she said.

While organizers are focusing on getting the hunt up and running in the five Mascoma Valley towns of Enfield, Canaan, Grafton, Dorchester and Orange, organizers are encouraging people who live in towns throughout the Upper Valley to take part.

“The opposite of this fear people feel right now ... is the connection piece. And the connection piece is what people need,” Stewart said.

Editor’s note: For more information, send a messenger to organizers through the Mascoma Messenger Facebook page.

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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