Easter’s here, and the hunt is on for things to do

By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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For those celebrating Easter, or others just looking to enjoy spring, families have plenty of options this weekend. Find those eggs For Folsom city recreation coordinator Sarah Trobee, the annual Spring Eggstravaganza on Saturday is an event showcasing the family atmosphere of the town. “It’s a lot of fun for the kids,” Trobee said. “It’s a lot of long hours of work but it’s worth it.” Held from 8 to 11 a.m. at Lembi Park, near the Aquatic Center, the festivities include an egg hunt, free kids carnival, pancake breakfast and a magic show. The egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp, according to Trobee. “Expect lots of people,” she said. “We get thousands of people every year. It’s rain or shine, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Mother Nature will be kind to us this year.” There is also a pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Folsom City Host Lions Club. The cost for the breakfast is $12 for a family of four or $4 per person. There is also a face painter who charges a nominal fee, she said, otherwise everything else is free. “We have a bounce house and a kiddie carnival,” she said. “Each of the booths out there, we ask them to provide activities for the kids. … The Masons do a child ID program for us.” Trobee has been involved with the event since 2000. “It’s a blur,” she said. “We lead everyone on to the field to hunt eggs (and) when it starts, it’s over in a few minutes.” In El Dorado Hills, more than 3,000 people showed up to last year’s Spring Egg Hunt. This year’s hunt is slated for 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Community Park. The hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp. According to Mike Cottrell, with the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, plenty of volunteers are needed to put on a successful hunt. He’s been organizing it for four years. “Our volunteers hide the eggs, get the crowd going, help me after with cleanup and handout all the special goodies kids find in the golden eggs,” he said. “We will have volunteers from the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club and Interact Club.” The hunt is broken down into age groups. “We’ll have over 7,000 eggs hidden,” he said. “Our hunt areas 2 and younger, 3-4, 5-7 and 8 and older.” Visits with the Easter bunny and other activities start at 9 a.m. “We will be having arts and crafts and visits with the bunny from 9 to 10 a.m.,” Cottrell said. “Our hunt is a little bit different, because many do one golden egg per area, and we do about 40 specialty eggs per hunt area.” He said parents should be on time because the hunt happens quickly. “Participants need to bring their own baskets and parents need to bring their own camera,” he said. Oak Hills Church at 1100 Blue Ravine Road in Folsom, is also hosting an egg hunt at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. There is no admission charge and the event features a climbing wall and bounce houses as well. For more information, visit Celebrate with the sunrise Jim “Digger” Williams, a Folsom undertaker by trade, is one of the people behind more than five decades of Easter sunrise services at Folsom Lake’s Beals Point in Granite Bay. “We’ve been going to it since 1961. We got here in 1960 and we go involved in the Community Bible Church,” Williams said. “It was part of the Twin Lakes Ministerial Group back then. Our pastor was a part of the sunrise service. So every time, we were part of the service out there.” Williams said his involvement ranged from setting up the sound system to helping organize parking. Twenty-two years ago, a story in the newspaper indicated the sun was about to set on the popular lake services. “They decided they didn’t want to run it anymore,” he said. “They just didn’t have the manpower to produce an Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. and continue with their other church services throughout the day. Easter was coming up and my daughter said, ‘Dad, we can’t let that happen.’” As a family, Williams said they decided to continue the tradition. “We call ourselves now the Easter Sunrisers, as a family and a group of people who are doing it,” Williams said. For those who have never been to the service, he said it’s very moving. “People should expect a short one-hour service,” he said. “There is singing and my daughter Sharee Williams and her daughter Coco Williams doing the scripture reading with Tom and Joan Saunders.” He said it’s really a family affair. “This year my wife Sharon and I will do the greeting,” he said. “I’ll do the message this year. I’ll talk about (how) God is dead. He came here and died as a man. They crucified him and he died, then he arose.” He said people should bring lawn chairs, blankets and wear warm clothing. “ It’s very cold out there by the lake at 6 a.m. in the morning,” he chuckled. He said the gathering has been lucky over the decades. “We’ve been rained on twice in 51 years,” he said. “That’s pretty good.” He said watching the sunrise over the lake is inspiring. “It’s just awesome because the sun is coming up out of the east,” he said. “I put a 15-foot cross up and we’re facing it and the sunrise comes up behind that cross, and across the water, it’s an awesome sight. You get goose bumps.” * * * The hunts are on Spring Eggstravaganza When: 8-11 a.m., Saturday Where: Lembi Park, Folsom Cost: Free Spring Egg Hunt When: 9-10:30 a.m., Saturday Where: Community Park, El Dorado Hills Cost: Free Oak Hills Church Egg Hunt When: 3 p.m., Saturday Where: 1100 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom Cost: Free worship services lakeside church When: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday Where: 745 Oak Avenue Parkway, Folsom Info: (916) 985-3245, Easter Sunrise Service When: 6 a.m., Sunday Where: Beals Point at Folsom Lake, Granite Bay Cost: Free Oak Hills Church When: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday Where: 1100 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom. Let's Do Brunch Champagne Easter Brunch When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday Where: Lake Natoma Inn in Folsom Cost: $29.95 for adults, $26.95 for seniors and $14.95 for children. Info and reservations: (916) 351-1500 Ext. 4120.