Last year, many of the area’s Easter parties and egg hunts were among the first events to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These year, with the virus still posing a danger, local community groups are looking to parades and drive-thru events as a way to still give children something to look forward to while maintaining social distance.
Despite the egg hunt cancellations, you can still grab your basket and hop on over to one of these events taking place throughout Greater Pittston.
The Avoca Community Committee will welcome Honey the Easter Bunny to town Saturday, March 27.
This is the second year the ACC has organized this event in response to the egg hunt in town being cancelled due to the pandemic.
“We opted to do this same thing this year,” Kelly O’Brien, borough secretary and Avoca Community Committee member, said about Honey’s trip around town. “So, while it’s not your normal meet-and-greet, the kids are able to see the bunny in town.”
Honey the Bunny will begin his ride through Avoca at 11 a.m., starting in the third ward and continuing through the second and first wards, ending in West Avoca. Keep a lookout for the flashing lights.
Also in Avoca, Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host a free drive-thru community Easter event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 21, in the church parking lot, 1001 Main St.
“We feel it is the best way to continue to reach out to our community,” said Margaret Zeigler, pastor of the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church.
The congregation will distribute a basket containing gifts for the children and a take-home meal for the families who attend.
“Our philosophy is that it doesn’t have to be a financial need; everybody needs someone to make lunch for them every once in a while,” Zeigler said.
This year at Queen of the Apostles Parish, all Easter activities are canceled due to COVID-19. That includes the annual egg hunt that has been held behind Keisinger Funeral Services for more than a decade and that typically attracts 200 children from Avoca and surrounding communities.
“We are very upset about the children missing out on Easter events again this year,” said Kathy Franceschelli, parish secretary.
The church’s other traditional activities during Holy Week, such as Living Stations and the Passion reenacted by the parish’s religious education children, are canceled as well. However, Queen of the Apostles will be open for services, with CDC guidelines in place.
“Hopefully, we will be able to get back to these traditions in 2022,” Franceschelli said.
Dupont Lions Club, with the help of Dupont Volunteer Hose Company, will sponsor the Easter Bunny’s visit to Dupont on Saturday, March 27, beginning at 1 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, April 3.
The Easter Bunny will follow the same route Santa used last year and will visit as many streets as possible. A link will be posted on Facebook to a “Bunny Tracker” so residents can see where the parade is in town. Members of the Lions Club will be handing out small gifts to children while supplies last.
This parade will take the place of the traditional egg hunt the Lions Club sponsors at the Little League field every year.
Parade participants will practice social distancing and ask residents to watch from their yard or porch.
“We want everyone to be safe,” said Dupont Mayor Dan Lello.
Residents of Jenkins Twp. will have the opportunity to visit the Easter Bunny in person this year. The Jenkins Twp. Board of Supervisors and the Jenkins Twp. Lions Club will host a drive-thru Easter party from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company parking lot at 2 Second St. in Jenkins Twp.
While this is a change of plans from the traditional party and egg hunt held each year, organizers determined a quick grab-and-go event is for the better this year.
Barbara Fairchild, Jenkins Twp. manager, said the township felt this was a safer option and when the township held this type of event last year due to COVID restrictions, 115 people attended.
“It worked out very well,” explained Fairchild, adding masks will be worn and social distancing will be in place. “We were very comfortable with doing that to provide this service.”
The Easter event is open to all township residents and their guests up to 12 years of age. All children will receive a gift from the Easter Bunny, as well as a bag of candy. Attendees also will be eligible to win one of the grand prize drawings comprised of gifts donated by township benefactors.
Registration for this event is required by Monday, March 22. Contact the township building at 570-654-3315 to register and leave a phone number and the child’s name, age and gender.
The township also is accepting private donations for the Easter Bunny drive-thru party. Contact the township building to make a donation.
In Pittston City, the Downtown Pittston Partnership is hosting a drive-thru event to meet the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Pittston Fire Station. The Easter Bunny will hand out treats to children as they safely stay inside their vehicles.
Those participating should enter from South Main Street through the Tomato Festival lots to line up at the fire station. Everyone must remain in their vehicles at all times.
The event is sponsored by the Pittston Fire Department, Pittston Police Department, Greater Pittston Regional Ambulance Association, Downtown Pittston Partnership and Pittston Candy & Cigar Company.
Wyoming Recreation Board will sponsor a visit from the Easter Bunny on Wednesday, March 31. Treats will be delivered to participants’ lawns or porches for children between the ages of 1 and 12.
This is the second year the pandemic has made the board change its Easter plans.
“When the pandemic hit last year, we came up with an alternative to our annual Easter egg hunt we held at Flack Field that drew people from all over,” said Roseanne Colarusso, Wyoming Borough manager.
Instead, the Easter Bunny safely delivers treats to the borough children who registered for the event. Last year, the bunny gave out more than 100 treat bags to the community children.
For the safety of everyone involved, the Wyoming Recreation Board asks for participants to remain inside until the bunny leaves the porch or yard area.
The deadline to register is Monday, March 22. A form is available on the Wyoming Recreation Board’s Facebook page. Forms also are available at the mailbox outside the borough building, where participants may fill out the form and deposit it the same day. Residents of Wyoming may also email Colarusso and Jim Tregan at email@example.com.
This event is for Wyoming residents only.