The Chardon Square Association Hosts Annual Easter Bunny Breakfast – News-Herald

The children had the chance to eat breakfast and meet a special guest before participating in an Easter egg hunt in Chardon on April 16.

The Chardon Square association has launched a series of fun programs for children by organizing its annual lunch with the Easter bunny. The program took place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. inside the Pilgrim Christian Church, located at 202 S. Hambden St.

After breakfast, the children were invited to visit nearby Chardon Square and participate in the Chardon Easter Egg Hunt. The annual event, which kicked off at 11 a.m., was organized by the Chardon Region Chamber of Commerce and made possible through sponsorships and donations from local businesses and organizations.

Young hunters who needed food before rushing into the park for eggs could satisfy their appetites at the Chardon Square Association breakfast.

Each meal served by the association consisted of freshly made pancakes and bacon and was accompanied by a cinnamon roll, a fruit bowl and a drink.

Josie Schmidt, 7, left, and her brother Landon, 3, pose for a photo with the Easter Bunny at a Chardon Square Association event on April 16. The association held its annual Easter Bunny Breakfast at the Pilgrim Christian Church, located at 202 S. Hambden St. in Chardon. Immediately after breakfast, the Chardon Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt took place in Chardon Square. (Bill DeBus — The News-Herald)

Another major attraction at the event was the Easter Bunny, who posed for photos with children.

The Chardon Square Association’s annual Easter Bunny Breakfast began about 10 years ago, said program co-chair Jon Merz.

“So you come here for a pancake breakfast, you see the Easter bunny, then you have the Easter egg hunt – what a great day,” he said.

Children take part in the Chardon Region Chamber of Commerce Easter egg hunt on Place Chardon, which took place on 16 April. The hunt took place immediately after the annual Easter Bunny Breakfast sponsored by Chardon Square. This program took place a short distance from Chardon Square at the Pilgrim Christian Church, located at 202 S. Hambden St. (Photo courtesy of Chardon Area Chamber of Commerce)

The association strives to sponsor enjoyable events in the square, help promote businesses owned by group members and create a sense of community, he noted.

Merz said about 10 members of the Chardon Square Association and three students from Chardon High School volunteered to prepare and serve food and assist guests at the April 16 breakfast.

“I’m very grateful to my team of worker bees,” Merz said. “They are awesome.”

In the church kitchen, Chardon Square Association members Kevin Temple and Jeff Traffis joined forces to flip pancakes. Meanwhile, another member of the group, Mariann Goodwin, arranged the food on plates, which were passed to counter attendants.

“It’s fun to work together to help bring family activities to Chardon Square,” she said.

One family who enjoyed breakfast with the charity’s 2022 Easter Bunny were Justin and Brittany Schmidt and their three children: daughters Josie, 7, and Macie, 1; and her son Landon, who is 3 years old. The family resides in Concord Township.

It was the first time the Schmidts had participated in the program.

“We saw a breakfast poster,” said Brittany, who called the event “lovely.”

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny also received a positive review from Frank Lino of Chardon, who was on hand with family members.

“I think it’s great,” he said. “The little kids love it. It’s a great thing to do for the community.

Alicia R. Rucker