3/21/2013 - Easter egg hunts start this weekend
by Kate Wadington - Asheville Citizen Times
Kids, get your baskets ready. Less than a week after St. Patrick's Day and we've moved on to Easter. Asheville-area organizations host so many egg hunts and holiday festivities they can't be contained in one weekend.
There are two big events Saturday.
The city of Asheville's Bojangles Easter Eggstravaganza is one of the season's biggest celebrations, with egg hunts, inflatables, face painting, crafts, wildlife programs by WNC Nature Center, entertainment from the Mountain Thunder Cloggers, crafts by Easel Rider Mobile Art Lab, and free BoBerry biscuits. Egg hunts are for toddlers through children age 11 and go off at 4 p.m. The entire event runs 2-4:30 p.m. at Carrier Park, off Amboy Road, in West Asheville. Visit www.ashevillenc.gov/parks.
Buncombe County also hosts an egg hunt, combined with a splash party. The hunt at the Zeugner Center starts at 1 p.m. After your kids get a stash of eggs, they can stay for games, a visit with the Easter Bunny and swim in the indoor pool from 2-4 p.m. The hunt and party are free; swimming is $2 per person plus a can of food for MANNA FoodBank. The Zeugner Center is behind Roberson High School at 50 Springside Drive. Call 684-5072 or visitwww.buncombecounty.org.
On Sunday, Smith-McDowell House Museum hosts an egg hunt with a sing-along program and games, too. Younger kids wll have their own hunt. From 2-4 p.m. on the grounds of the house, at 283 Victoria Road, Asheville. Cost is $5 per child. Reservations are recommended by calling 253-9231. Visit www.wnchistory.org.
If Easter egg hunts aren't your thing, there are a couple of opportunities to get your dancing shoes on instead.
Rainbow Mountain Children's School hosts a Creative Peace Celebration 2-3 p.m. Saturday with dances, games, stories, songs and refreshments for all ages. Love offering is requested; no one will be turned away. Contact Damira at firstname.lastname@example.org or 246-4485.
Or maybe contra dancing is more your style. In that case, head to the Old Farmer's Ball on Saturday night at the Asheville YMCA. Try square dancing and similar kinds of traditional folk dance, rooted in old-time Appalachian music and other styles of traditional fiddle music. The family dance, best for ages 5-11, is 6-7:30 p.m. The contra dance for teens and adults is 8-10 p.m. with a beginner lesson at 7:30. For details, visit www.oldfarmersball.com/ymca/index.php.