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Huge Crowd Enjoys Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

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Mar 242018

The Orange Lions Club hosted its 56th annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Orange Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 24. 

Orange Police Officer Carolyn Bailey escorted the Easter Bunny to the fairgrounds before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt.  As the Lions “seeded” the hunt area with candy, children visited the Bunny in the gazebo or had his or her face painted near the pavilion. 

The annual hunt was divided into four (4) age groups, which allowed each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club had to distribute.  

The groups were: (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade & Second Grade; (3) Third Grade & Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade & Sixth Grade.  Thousands of chocolate eggs were distributed during the hunt.  Prizes were awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.

There was one “natural disaster”: a sweet girl in one of the older groups was very successfully filling her wooden basket when it suddenly began to fall apart. With her treats spilling on the ground from the ever-growing gaps, she gave the Lions a look of desperation and they quickly handed her a large plastic bag so she could continue. She thanked them and went on her way.


This year, most parents respected the request to let the children pick up their own candy, but when the last group stormed out, one woman in a gray hoodie went out and started stuffing her pockets with candy. Two Lions members asked her to leave the field and she scowled at them and kept filling her pockets — stealing candy from children.

What a poor example she set for the kids. Yes, I DID get a photo of her, but I decided not to “out” her that way, she knows who she is. That kind of behavior is so unnecessary and terribly rude. Just don’t do it, or you will ruin it for everyone.

Lions Club Sponsoring Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 12

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Apr 122014

Lions Club LogoThe Orange Lions Club is sponsoring its 52nd annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12, at the High Plains Community Center in Orange.

The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 p.m.  Additional activities include face painting and coffee beginning at noon. The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four groups, to ensure that every child has an equal chance to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs that will be hidden.

The four groups are: Pre-School through Kindergarten; 1st & 2nd grade; 3rd & 4th grade; and 5th & 6th grade.  More than 10,000 chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt.  In addition, many prizes will be awarded to children in the above four categories for finding specially marked eggs.

An adult must accompany all participating children.  Each child should bring a bag or basket to collect eggs.  Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny.  Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only.

Lion Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event.  Anyone who wishes to contribute prizes or make a donation toward the purchase of prizes for this traditional community event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901-9062.  All contributors and donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.

In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, April 19, 2014 at High Plains Community Center.  The arrival of the Easter Bunny (12:30 PM) and Easter Egg Hunt (Noon) will remain the same.

The Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year.  Among other activities are: the annual community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Orange Scholarship Fund, (which awards two $1,000 scholarships to local youths each year), the annual Senior’s Pizza Party plus the Orange Lions provides Community Grants to worthy organizations and government agencies to purchase needed items.  The Orange Lions Club makes generous gifts to Case Memorial Library for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes and DVD’s for the sight impaired.

The Orange Lions Club also sponsors the Foundation High School Leo Club (Lions youth group) for special needs youth.  The Lions also provide needed funds for the support of eye research, training of Fidelco guide dog for the blind, Lions low vision centers which provide vision aids to the sight impaired at cost, Connecticut Radio Information Systems, and Camp Hemlocks for disabled children.  The Lions motto is “We Serve.”

Originally Published on: Mar 22, 2014 @ 16:59

Previously Published on: Apr 2, 2014 @ 5:28