Easter’s Great Gathering is a fun-filled, festive family event — and that’s what is in store for people of all ages at Red Apple Farm in Phillipston.
It’s always a treat to visit Red Apple Farm at 455 Highland Ave. In 2011, owners Nancy and Al Rose proposed that their farm host a special event to support the Congregational Church in town that does so much to support all people and organizations. The event was a great success; and this year it will be happening again for the 10th time on April 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* Breakfast sounds so good. There will be breakfast sandwiches served on English muffins with home fries, fresh fruit cups, juice, apple cider doughnuts, smoothies and coffee. Breakfast will start at 8 a.m. and be served until 11. It will be served by the Girl Scouts and Brownies.
* Free egg hunts. The Phillipston Lions Club is stuffing thousands of eggs, and the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will hide them in areas near the apple trees and around the barn. The hunts for the children are at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. — separate hunts for different age groups to make the competition fair. The hunt with great prizes for teenagers will be at 11:30 a.m. The adults are not forgotten. Their hunt will be done with raffle eggs; $5 per egg or 5 eggs for $20. Some of these eggs will hold electronic prizes, gift cards and more, and all eggs will have a raffle ticket for the door-prize drawing.
* Easter Bunny. He will be there. He may sit with you while you’re eating, join with you hunting for eggs, he also likes to have his picture taken with children. And speaking of pictures, there are good opportunities to take some with the many Red Apple Farm animals.
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* Gifts. There will be delicious fudge, famous cider doughnuts, bunny ears, Easter raffle baskets, and more. And you can give a gift. If you give a gift of non-perishable food for the church’s missionary project, you will get a free door-prize raffle ticket.
The Easter Great Gathering … come and have fun. Eat well and enjoy a wholesome experience in a beautiful country environment. You will definitely leave with a smile.
Carole Gariepy is a Phillipston resident and author of “In Isolation.”