Easter egg hunts and Easter events in the Tri-State region

April 14, 2011|By CHRIS COPLEY
  • Easter egg hunts start this weekend in Washington County and surrounding areas.
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A guide to area Easter egg hunts

Easter is coming, and with it those colorful reminders of fertility and spring — Easter eggs.

Eggs have been a symbol of new life for thousands of years, and many ancient civilizations dyed or decorated eggs to celebrate spring.

Early Catholics forbid eating eggs during Lent, the period of fasting and repentance before Easter, according to "The Catholic Encyclopedia." Eggs were served on Easter morning. Later, Christians adopted the egg as a symbol of Jesus' death and resurrection.

Many area organizations hide hen eggs or plastic eggs for children. Here is a list of the egg hunts, along with other family-friendly Easter events, of which we are aware as of press time.

If other organizations are sponsoring egg hunts, send notices to and we will add them to the online version of this story.

— Chris Copley, Herald-Mail assistant Lifestyle editor


Easter Bunny

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Saturday, April 23; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 17.

Valley Mall, Center Court, 17301 Valley Mall Road, Halfway.

Visit the Easter Bunny. Every child who visits the bunny will receive a free gift.

Go to

Saturday, April 16

Easter egg hunt

10 a.m.

Faith Christian Fellowship, 16726 Lappans Road, Williamsport.

Easter Egg Hunt followed by a puppet show and lunch. For children ages 12 and younger. Free. Rain or shine.

For more information, contact Christy Hixon at 301-223-4803 or

Community Easter egg hunt

2 p.m.

Widmeyer Park, Main Street, Hancock

1 p.m., the Hancock United Methodist Praise Band; 2 p.m., egg hunt. Also, story time and drawing for prizes; the Hancock Athletic Boosters will hold a raffle to benefit their sign fund; and local food bank will collect non-perishable food items. Rain date is Saturday, April 23. 

Call 301-678-5622 or email

Community Easter egg hunt

11 a.m.

365 Community Center, 5550 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va., in the Berkeley Business Park off U.S. 11.

Thousands of candy-filled eggs for second-graders and younger, plus an Easter egg scavenger hunt for third- to fifth-graders. Rain date is 1 p.m. Sunday, April 17.

Call 304-261-4007 or go to


10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 17

Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Participating merchants in historic Harpers Ferry will post balloons; children will receive an egg with a treat inside. Free.

Call 304-535-6911.

Sunday, April 17

Camouflaged egg hunt

2 to 3:30 p.m.

Yankauer Nature Preserve, W.Va. 54 Whiting's Neck Road, north of Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Colored eggs resembling wild bird eggs are hidden along the preserve's trails. Also cookie decorating and other egg-themed activities. For ages 3 to 6. $5 per child; registration is required.

Call 304-676-8739 or email

Easter egg hunt

1 to 3 p.m.

Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, Md.

Open to children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children should bring a basket to collect eggs; eggs will be redeemable for candy and small prizes. Sign up in Coblentz Hall; the egg hunt will be in the Hodson Outdoor Theater.

Call 301-696-3575 or email

Thursday, April 21

Historical Easter traditions

10 a.m.

Jonathan Hager House and Museum, City Park, Hagers-town. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 23.

A look at German Easter customs and traditions. Admission is $1 to $3; free for children younger than 6.

Go to

Saturday, April 23

Spring into Easter

8 to 11 a.m.

City Farmer's Market, 25 W. Church St., downtown Hagerstown.

Scavenger hunt. Find an egg, turn it in, get a prize. Easter Bunny at the market from 9 to 11 a.m.

Call 301-739-8577, ext. 190.

Community Easter egg hunt

10 a.m.

Byron Park, Williamsport

Easter egg hunt for children ages 12 and younger. Free.

Call Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. at 301-223-9500.

Easter egg hunt

10 a.m. to 11:30

Fort Ritchie Community Center, 14421 Lake Royer Drive, Cascade

Easter egg hunt. Easter Bunny at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pictures will also be available with the Easter Bunny. For children ages 12 and younger.  Call for rain date. Free.

For more information, contact Beverly Coyle at or call 301-241-5085 or go to

Easter egg hunt

11 a.m.

Hilltop Christian Fellowship, 12624 Trinity Church Drive, Clear Spring.

For more information, call 301-842-2225 or 301-842-3759.

Sunday, April 24

Easter Egg Hunt

1 p.m.

Shafer Memorial Park, Park Road, Boonsboro.

American Legion Clopper-Michael Post No. 10 sponsors this annual Easter egg hunt for children in sixth grade and younger.

Call 301-432-5695 or email

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