The Easter Bunny and Ernest are ready to go | Local news

CONWAY – The Conway Parks and Recreation Department is going mobile again, as is the Easter Bunny (and his cousin Ernest) Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Conway and Albany.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Conway Rec’s traditional Easter egg hunt cannot take place for the second year in a row.

Last year, candy was delivered to more than 250 homes, in almost seven hours. But it was worth it, staff said.

“For me, that was one of the highlights of COVID,” said Deputy Director of Recreation Michael Lane. “It was probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done here at Rec. Hopefully the second time is the last time we have to do it, but we’re all so excited to do it.

Recreation Director John Eastman added, “We know Easter is important. We have developed a tradition of having an Easter egg hunt, and we want to make it as normal as possible for people. “

With more than 15% of Granite State vaccinated against the coronavirus, better days are ahead. But “we’re just not quite ready for 200 kids to run on the pitch,” Lane said.

Two caravans of vehicles will depart Conway Rec, with the Easter Bunny visiting the children of Conway, Conway Center and North Conway, and his cousin Ernest visiting the children of Conway Village, Albany and the West Side Road part of Conway.

“We are reversing the routes from last year,” Lane said. “Those of you who saw the Easter Bunny last year will be visited by Ernest, and if you saw Ernest last year, you’ll see the Easter Bunny this time.”

He added, “If your house is not on the direct route, we have designated several community locations that you can go to so that you can still participate.

“It is important to note that when visiting these community places, social distancing should be observed and face masks / coverings should be worn. “

Lane predicts the hike will take around four hours.

“We think we’ll be able to do it a little faster this time around,” he said. “We are not going to be making individual housing requests this year. If you are not on a specific route, go to one of the 11 community stops planned.

These are at Pine Tree School at Conway Center; the church of the river; the Conway Police Department; North Conway’s Schouler Park; and the Whitaker Hospitality Site in North Conway.

Ernest has community stops for the Ham Arena on West Main Street; Albany Town Hall; the bus stop on Nickerson Road; American Legion Station 46 on Tasker Hill Road; the Lamplighter’s Trailer Park Visitor Center; and Frechette Tire on Passaconaway Road.

“We will be posting our progress on our Facebook page in real time so people can plan their day,” Lane said. “We ask people to be patient, we will get there as quickly as possible. We’ll make sure every kid has a chance to get eggs and have a photo with the Easter Bunny or Ernest if they want. “

He added: “The Easter Bunny and Ernest are still waiting to get the shot, so no hugs or high-fives just yet.”

Lane encourages families to immerse themselves in the spirit of the event.

“For homes directly across the road, signs, banners, balloons or chalk art are encouraged so the Easter Bunny and Ernest know how to stop and visit you,” he said. . “And, for those heading to community stops, we encourage you to decorate your vehicles or dress up.”

Prizes will be delivered to the home or person / car at a community stop with the best Easter welcome for the Easter Bunny and Ernest. Conway Rec encourages families to post photos on its Facebook page with the hashtag “# MobileEasterEggHunt2021”.

Alicia R. Rucker