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Easter weekend can be both delicious and fun

By Allison Richmond | Apr 10, 2017
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The knowledge that as a full-fledged adult I am too old for an Easter basket doesn’t stop me from wanting one still. Easter candy, oh man, I love that stuff.

Peeps, jelly beans, weirdly edible grass, and the granddaddy of all Easter candy, the Cadbury egg. I could wax poetic about that gooey British delight for days.

I confess to considering a major meltdown when Cadbury announced they’d no longer make them several years ago. Thankfully, a crisis was diverted due to public outcry and the candy parade continued.

There’s plenty to love about the Easter season, but to my selfish delight, the magical return of the Easter basket from a dark corner of the closet was always a fond memory from childhood.

Now it’s my turn to fill Easter baskets, but with little boys nearly all grown up, they’ve turned their attention to other matters and I’m wondering, ‘Is is OK to make myself one?’

Just kidding. Maybe. But try and keep me away from Walmart the day after Easter. I’ll be raiding those discount bins for sure. But I digress. Since it’s a holiday weekend, there’s a good chance you might have family in town and that means after stuffing yourselves with Easter dinner and treats, dyeing eggs till you're blue in the hands, you just might be looking for something to do....

Here’s what I found.

If you’ve got little kiddos running around checking under every shrub for sparkly eggs, take ‘em down to Lake Junaluska this Saturday for a good shot at wearing them down and coming home with at least a handful of cute pics for your efforts.

The hunt is on at 11:30 a.m. sharp, next to Stuart Auditorium.

Or, venture out to Canton instead for the annual Town of Canton Easter Egg Hunt which is held every year at the Canton Recreation Park starting at 10 a.m. Some kids will get lucky enough to find special prize eggs hidden away.

Egg hunts are open to children 1-5, and 6-12 years of age, so bring your kids by 77 Penland St. in Canton for some happy hunting.

Got some restless, athletic type adults around instead? Get up early and join the Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race and Walk. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the race at 9 a.m. at the Nanci Weldon gym at Lake Junaluska.

If you want to indulge in Easter treats like a champion, head over to the Annual Taste of Chocolate benefit Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Maggie Valley Club. I know I am looking forward to photographing, and tasting, all the goodies.

Professional and amateur entries will be judged by yours truly (I know, tough gig, right?). There will also be live and silent auctions to raise money for the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call John Chicoine at 356-2833 for more info or to purchase tickets.

I don’t know about you, but after all that fun, I’m going to be spending Easter in a food coma. Save me a ham sandwich.