By Meagan MurrayApril 29, 2011
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (April 28, 2011) -- The rain started at 9 a.m. on April 16 but that didn't stop Picerne Military Housing from hosting its fifth annual Egg Hunt at the Potomac Place Neighborhood Center. The hunt is usually held outdoors, but the rain that Saturday morning brought the party indoors.
At the Picerne offices, residents called hours before the event asking, "Will the egg hunt still be going on' My children are so excited to come."
"We know a lot of residents look forward to this event and we look forward to hosting it. We decided to make a few adjustments, and hold the egg hunt indoors instead of canceling it," said Maria Jarin, event chair for Picerne.
But the Picerne staff had to do some quick rearranging. They arranged for a green indoor-outdoor carpet to be laid in the gymnasium to imitate a grass field for the eggs.
Residents lined up as early as 11 a.m. for the Egg Hunt, cookies, crafts and photos with the Easter Bunny. Eggs filled with candy, toys and other surprises were spread over the gymnasium floor for hunters to grab.
More than 50 children opened eggs that revealed they had won a special prize. The lucky winners found items redeemable for a basket filled with fun activities and treats, as well as a Toys-R-Us gift card, among other prizes.
Residents also participated in a contest to win a $50 Best Buy gift card by guessing how many jelly beans were in a jar. Rebecca Clarke of Patriot Ridge won with a guess of 1,260 beans, only four off the actual number of 1,264 beans.
"We had a great time, we made a cute egg magnet craft," said resident Carolynn Balser of Heritage Park. "I think this is the best possible situation considering the weather, and I really like the fake grass."