Easter Bunny Lane, Nevis Jumping Spot – Park Rapids Enterprise
The event took place in place of the traditional egg hunt due to COVID-19 restrictions limiting large gatherings. Barb Deery is the first vice president of the Nevis Lions and will take over as president this summer. She has been a resident of Nevis for 11 years.
“I have several grandchildren who live all over the place,” she said. “I know how upset my granddaughter Madison Plan, who lives in the cities, has been upset at times over the past year. He missed his friends when they couldn’t be at school. I thought of all the children in our Nevis community who have been locked up all winter. The Easter egg hunt has always been a big event on Nevis. And they’ve missed so many other events over the past year. I figured there had to be a way to give them some fun and get them out and about rock and egg hunting, and for their efforts, give them activities that would be fun for their whole family. with prices. Many families have done rock hunting together, and the prizes are something they can all enjoy together. It’s nice to be able to do something fun, even if it wasn’t the big egg hunt like other years. It gets us out of the community and gives people in the community something to do.
Deery started painting bright, colorful rocks about a month ago. Each rock had a number on the bottom so that the child who finds it gets a corresponding prize. She painted 150 stones.
“The ones that don’t have numbers the kids could keep,” she said. “I also painted and hid 125 decorative eggs.”
Those boulders were returned for prizes on Saturday that were sheltered from the rainy weather under the Muskie Park pavilion.
“We ended up with 55 big prizes,” she said. “There was a corn hole, ladder toss, gift cards for bowling, darts, horseshoes, croquet and badminton and even an annual park pass. State of Itasca with gift cards for bike rentals.”
The money for the prizes came from donations from businesses in the area.
“With COVID, things have been difficult for some of these companies, she said. “I said we would appreciate any amount they could donate, and if they weren’t able to help this year we would completely understand.”
In total, about 25 companies contributed cash. “Even the American Legion in Park Rapids donated,” she said. Donations totaled approximately $2,000.
All of the awards had a common theme: encouraging families to be active together.
Each child also received a bag of Easter goodies and those who came early also received leftover prizes from last year, including soccer balls and footballs.
“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback,” she said. “People said it was good to have the rocks hidden because it allowed the kids to get out and get some exercise and some fresh air. I hid them all over town. I’ve put near churches, near school, near restaurants and gas stations, the sink, the lumberyard, in the park, near the water tower, and along the Heartland Trail. really enjoyed doing it because with social distancing and being home it kept me busy. I love crafting.”
Anyone with numbers can still hand them in this week and claim their prize by emailing Deery at email@example.com.
The Nevis Lions Club has six cubs who volunteer at various community events, including the Saturday Easter Bunny drive-through, where they helped hand out prizes.
“It all started when my granddaughter, Madison, who came over for the summer, asked if she could help the Lions with our summer events when she was 8 or 9,” Deery said. “This program encourages young people to volunteer in their community. They still have one file to fill out. Then they come to a meeting and briefly explain why they want to become a Cub. It’s a great way to teach kids that volunteering in your community is very important. If they like it when they’re young, they’ll keep doing it when they’re older. We have found that unfortunately the generation between young and old has lost interest in volunteering. We hope that these young people will learn about their community and the importance of helping and that this will have a trickle down effect.
The Lions motto is “We Serve”. In a typical year, Lions members can be seen hard at work at many events, such as Muskie days, pig races and water ski shows. They are also known for their fish fries.
“Last year we only had to do a few fundraisers because of COVID,” Deery said. “But we still made our local donations to the Food Shelf, Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army and the 12 service projects that Lions support for the blind, diabetics and children with cancer. We recover pop tops for Ronald McDonald House and glasses that are reused and donated to those in need.
The Nevis Lions Club currently has 35 members. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at the Nevis Senior Center with social distancing and masks and on Zoom.
“We have a lot of snowbirds joining Zoom as well as those who don’t feel comfortable going to the senior center,” she said. “We have a lot of fun. We like to go out and serve our community.
Donations can be sent to Nevis Lions Club, PO Box 74, Nevis, MN, 56470.
A free community curbside dinner with meatloaf as the main course will be held at the Nevis Senior Center beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 29.
“They’ll just come up, open their trunk and tell us how many dinners they need,” Deery said.
“We’ll put them in their trunk and let’s go.”
1/2: It took a village of Nevis community volunteers to make this Easter season happier for local children. The Lions Club organized the event and received many positive comments from the participants (Photo submitted)
2/2: The Easter Bunny gave out toys, candy and friendly waves to children attending the Nevis Lions Club-sponsored Easter family event on Saturday. This is the first year that the Lions Club is in charge of the event. (Lorie Skarpness/Company)