An egg hunt for the books
Several of Sandy's young-at-heart came out in Easter fashion on Friday, March 30, proving you're never too old to have holiday fun.
More than 30 senior citizens attended the city's first-ever Adult Egg Hunt at 9:15 a.m. on Friday.
The city has often been a popular destination for teens looking for a more challenging hunt in their middle school and high school years. And there are often multiple organizations, such as local churches and the Sandy Kiwanis Club, which welcome tiny tots to tramp fields around Sandy in search of a sweet treat.
"Now we've hit all the age groups for the egg hunt," city Events Coordinator Carol Cohen told The Post. "It's something new and different to get seniors out and to the library,"
Cohen intends for the event to become an annual tradition.
The Sandy Senior Center staff and Sandy Public Library staff partnered to place 206 eggs for the event, hiding the brightly colored plastic baubles behind books and in the other nooks and crannies of the library at 38980 Proctor Blvd.
Most of those who participated took the opportunity to ride the Sandy Area Metro trolley from the Senior Center to the event at 9 a.m. and were obviously excited to get hunting. Some even began eagerly snatching up eggs in the lobby before the hunt was officially started.
"They're like kids," Cohen said, laughing as a woman snuck an egg from a nearby bookshelf into her basket.
The attendance for the event exceeded Cohen's and her colleagues' expectations.
"Our goal was 20 people, and we got over 30," she noted. "It was very successful, and a good partnership with the library."
Participants and city staff all enjoyed doughnuts and coffee after the hunt, and Library Director Sarah McIntyre and Resource Librarian Maureen Houck took the opportunity to inform the seniors about a few library programs.
Among the 200 plastic eggs were six wooden "golden" eggs, which earned finders gift certificates to area eateries and stores.
Sandy resident Ann Hall was one recipient of this prize, finding her golden egg amidst the seed packets in the Sandy Seed Library drawers. Prizes included gift cards valued at $10-$15 for AntFarm Cafe and Bakery, Fred Meyer, Mountain Moka and others.
"(I came out) because it was a fun project," Hall said. "It was fun to be a kid again."
Hall's friend Annie Rodden also found a golden egg hidden inside a flower pot, and was equally enthusiastic about the fun new event. Both women said they'd surely attend the hunt again next year.
"I had never been on an Easter egg hunt," Rodden noted. "It was fun. You're never too old."