All children between the ages of 2 and 12 are invited to hunt for almost 2,000 candy-stuffed eggs during a community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15 starting at 9:30 a.m.

The event will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Orman House and Chapman Botanical Gardens on Market Street in Apalachicola. Apalachicola Main Street, the Apalachicola Margaret Key Library, and Bring Me a Book Franklin collaborated to create this new event.

The excitement will get underway promptly at 9:30 a.m. Children will be divided into age groups, with each group assigned their own hunt area. Mayor Van Johnson will blow the whistle to signal the start of the hunt at 9:35 a.m. Within each hunt area there will be hundreds of hidden eggs filled with candy and one special golden egg that can be turned in for a gift basket. Bring Me a Book Franklin volunteers will present each child with an age-appropriate book. Children can also enter to win one of two bicycles donated by Apalachicola Community Bicycle and Tabernacle of Faith.

Jody Rosenbaum, who volunteers for both Apalachicola Main Street and the library, came up with the idea which quickly gained momentum. “My inspiration was seeing how wonderful it was to have the children of our community in the downtown area at another event,” she said. “The idea of a collaboration between these three organizations seemed like a natural way to carry it out. It’s wonderful how so many members of the community have embraced the idea. We hope this will become an annual tradition.”

Volunteers quickly organized to make the idea a reality. They supplied more than 50 pounds of candy, solicited donations, stuffed 1,700 eggs, created and distributed posters, ordered bunny ears to distinguish volunteers the day of the event, and drafted hunt rules.

Members of the community making it all possible include Rosenbaum, Sandi Garrett-Little, Carol Guild, Valentina Webb, Michaelin and Dave Watts, Jan Thomas, Caroline Ilardi, Karen Kessel, Bonnie Fulmer, Lisa Johnston, Carol George, Carole Brazsky, Patricia Murphy, Pam Mahr, Carrie Kienzle, Kathleen Andrew, Nedra Jefferson, Pretrica Martin, Mona Moffett, Gladys Gatlin, Vania Porro, Marilyn Bean, Allison Cowie, Connie Finneran, Bunnie Ison, Elaine Kozlowsky, Marie Marshall, Ann Siculiano, Celia Winterringer, Duffie and Susie Harrison, Pam Richardson, Mindy Parker, and George and Bella Rudo.

The event is supported by the Orman House State Park, PeoplesSouth Bank, Tabernacle of Faith, Trinity Episcopal Church, and Apalachicola Community Bicycle.

We should all be proud to live in a community that comes together so well to make the Easter holiday extra special for its children.

Augusta West is executive director of Apalachicola Main Street, a non-profit organization dedicated to downtown economic development and historic preservation. She can be reached at awest@apalachicolamainstreet.org or (850) 274-1321. Main Street’s mailing address is 1 Avenue E, Apalachicola, FL 32320