Jefferson: Easter celebration, eggs weather the weather

PORT TOWNSEND — Anyone who thinks American kids aren’t in good physical shape has never been to an Easter Egg hunt.

“We showed up a little late, and the eggs were already gone,” said Travis Mason, holding daughter Isabella.

Dozens of other parents and anxious kids got to the gates at Chetzemoka Park in time for the 7 a.m. start of the Elks egg hunt. At the signal, they stampeded down the paths and started swooping up eggs.

Like all egg hunts, it was all over in 10 minutes.

“Only the die-hards are still looking,” one organizer noted.

The granddaddy of Easter egg hunts — it’s been going since 1937 — was one of several traditional events to go on despite south winds that kicked up whitecaps in the bay, dropped the wind chill into the 30s and picked up one waterfront Easter service and moved it indoors.

“The wind was astounding,” said Skip Cadorette, pastor of First Baptist Church.

First Baptist usually holds a Resurrection Celebration with music and singing on Union Wharf, but this year, decided to hold the service at the church because of the wind chill. It’s the first time in six years the service has had to move inside, Cadorette said.

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