Hello dear readers. I have good news for you today. If you’re reading this column on Friday morning, or even Friday afternoon, you still have time to make afternoon plans that will brighten the next day for hordes of happy Glen Ellen kids. Tomorrow is Glen Ellen Fire Department’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at Dunbar School. That event is for elementary age youngsters, accompanied by parents.
However, this afternoon, at 3:30 p.m. all enthusiastic teens and tweens are invited to the fire department at 13445 Arnold Drive, to join firefighter Edmond Joseph in dyeing more than 1,400 eggs.
The willing, working women and men of our fire department, along with lots of little helpers (you dear reader, we hope) will be dyeing eggs all the pale colors of the rainbow for the annual Glen Ellen Easter Egg Hunt. If you love lavender, perk up at pink, grin at green, bless the blue eggs, and yell for yellow, this is, indeed, the activity for you. Meet at Glen Ellen’s Fire Station near the curve on Arnold Drive, catty-corner to Riddle Road, plastic gloves in hand and plan to dye, dye and dye.
All teens and late-grade school kids are welcome, along with their families and other interested and willing workers. With lots of hands (and careful handling of those eggs) the job will be done in no time, ready for the Saturday onslaught of eggbeaters.
Firefighter Joseph, a.k.a. Incident Commander (I.C. that’s fire fellow talk for the hearty volunteer in charge of this event), has been at this task for at least two dozen years.
Eggs under the oaks
Good luck will prevail the next day, Saturday, March 26, at 10 a.m. when those hordes of happy youngsters charge through the green grassy fields of the eponymously named Cunninghame Meadow at Dunbar School, 11700 Dunbar Road at Henno Road, Glen Ellen. Don’t you agree that Cunninghame field (named for Max, a former principal) is the prettiest school playground in all of our Valley, especially this time of year, thanks to our blessed, recent rains. Awe-inspiring Valley oaks dot the sunny field, surrounded by scattered bunches of poppies and lupin, secreted in the tall grass.
E. Bunny and prizes, too
The Easter Bunny him/her self will appear at the egg hunt, as will many firefighters, tangles of spraying hoses and antique fire trucks. The Easter Bunny is usually the Glen Ellen Fire Fighters’ newest recruit wrapped in furry fluff.
The wild hunt, with separate areas devoted to several different age and skill levels, opens promptly at 10 a.m., never later, never earlier, and not for very long.
Clever kids experienced at this challenge are fast. Be sure to bring your best hand-fashioned Easter baskets (or at least a brown paper bag) for collecting eggs and candy prizes.
Tasty garden snacks
Following the egg hunt and into the early afternoon, the Dunbar School Garden is open for visiting families. Some of the Dunbar teachers and garden instructors will be on hand, and students will be available to guide you through the garden.
Tasty snacks may be available. But savvy families will pack a lunch to enjoy after the hunt, and before the candy.
Make it a family picnic day, enjoying the beauty of Glen Ellen in the Spring.
Assuming none get smashed