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CTMHV hosts first Easter egg hunt

by Sylene Argent

The Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village (CTMHV) was hopping with Easter flavour on Saturday morning as it welcomed families to enjoy its first special holiday breakfast and Easter egg hunt.

  After enjoying a stack of pancakes, children were given the opportunity to create festive crafts and then go on the hunt for Easter eggs, hidden all around the Museum.

  In addition, those who participated were entered into a draw for a chance to win an Easter surprise.

  This was the first Easter egg hunt the CTMHV has hosted, and holding such an event has always been something Curator, Lisa Wacheski, wanted to do.

  “I’ve been hoping to have an Easter egg hunt in years past,” Wacheski said. With the ‘50s Diner planned to be closed for the weekend, the CTMHV Board members urged the Diner’s Manager, Barb Markham, to entice people to come to the Museum on the Saturday.

  It was then Wacheski suggested hosting the Easter egg hunt, and planning soon began with a group of individuals collaborating on the project.

  As a result, the Easter egg hunt was put on by the ‘50s Diner.  

  “We got a lot busier than we thought we were going to be,” Wacheski said, noting around 40 chidlren and 45 adults participated in the event. “We did have to turn people away.”

  She said many of the parents said they want the event to be hosted again next year.

  Originally, it was hoped to host the Easter egg hunt in the Heritage Village, but the grounds were too wet this year. So, instead it took place inside the Museum. It is hoped the event can be held outdoors next year, with ways to expand and accommodate more individuals.

  “We did it with a system so they knew exactly what they were looking for. So, it was a little more like a scavenger hunt,” Wacheski said of the inaugural Easter egg hunt.  “It went really well.”

  Looking ahead, the CTMHV will host an indoor/outdoor flea market on April 23 and 24, a grand opening on May 1 with people dressed in costume, in addition to other events. After May 1, the CTMHV will open again, likely Thursday to Sunday each week.

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