Keego, Sylvan children prepare for Easter fun

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published March 16, 2015

 Liliania Morabito, of West Bloomfield, and her younger cousin, Evelyn Kill, wait patiently for the hunt to begin.

Liliania Morabito, of West Bloomfield, and her younger cousin, Evelyn Kill, wait patiently for the hunt to begin.

File photo by Brian Sevald

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KEEGO HARBOR/SYLVAN LAKE — As Easter approaches, children in Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake can enjoy spring festivities before the holiday at the annual community egg hunts.


The Sylvan Lake Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Sylvan Lake Parks and Recreation Committee, will take place at 7 p.m. March 28 at the Community Center.


“It’s going to be a fun event. Similar to prior years, we’ll have the whole hunt be broken down by age group,” said Patrick Runk, chair for the Parks and Recreation Committee. Runk said the hunt is divided by age group so younger kids “don’t have to worry about the older kids taking all the eggs.”


Last year, the event took place during the day. However, Runk said, the committee decided to reinstate the glow hunt, which was done two years ago during the evening.


“(It is) just dark enough for the kids to enjoy the glow effect of the Easter eggs,” Runk said.


Eggs filled with candy will be placed on the front lawn of the Community Center. Though there is no additional grand prize, a dozen golden eggs that hold a special surprise will be hidden among the other eggs, Runk said.


The hunt is open to the public, including residents from other communities. However, in order to participate in the hunt, people are asked to donate a dozen eggs to Sylvan Lake City Hall by March 26. Those who donate eggs will receive wristbands, which are required to participate in the egg hunt. Anyone without a wristband on the day of the event will not be permitted to participate.


The Easter Bunny will make an appearance and will be available for photos with the children, Runk said.


The Keego Harbor egg hunt will take place at Rose Sorter Park, located behind Roosevelt Elementary in Keego Harbor, at 11 a.m. April 4.


The community-sponsored event is free to Keego Harbor children ages 3-12 and Roosevelt Elementary students. Because the event pulls in at least 250 participants, children are encouraged to bring their own basket.


Bosko’s Coffee & Kitchen will donate doughnuts and coffee for attendees, and My Dance Studio Inc. will donate water for the event. Other sponsors include Roosevelt Elementary’s PTO, Bachelor’s One Sports Bar & Grill and Yard*Bird Smoked Meats.


Over 8,000 eggs will be stuffed with candy, temporary tattoos and bracelets, according to Christina Elsen, co-chair of the event. The hunt will be broken into three age groups, and five eggs in each group will contain a “golden ticket.” Those who find the “golden ticket” will receive an extra prize, Elsen said.


This year, the Lodge Grill & Bar will provide one gift certificate for each age group. The three winning children will receive a certificate for a free meal, Elsen said.


“It’s free, it’s fun … and it’s a great way for the community to get together and celebrate the Easter season,” Elsen said.


The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures, and Keego Harbor photographer Bill Bertakis will take complimentary photos for each child. Kids can decorate picture frames after the pictures are taken, Elsen said.


Baskets, eggs and monetary donations are still needed for the event. For more information about the event or to donate or volunteer, call City Hall at (248) 682-1930.


“The kids in Keego Harbor look forward to this event. It has grown in popularity over the years,” said Mayor Rob Kalman in an email.

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