What an amazing day for the Second Annual Hyde Park Egg Scramble at Shipe Park! With a glorious clear sunny sky overhead and morning temperatures in the low 70s, we had a fabulous attendance of neighborhood families at this HPNA event. In its second year of what we hope will become an annual neighborhood tradition, the event wowed over 100 kids of the community with a fun-filled egg hunt. In the words of Adam Wilson, one of the Friends of Shipe Park, “It was an awesome, wonderful, lovely gathering in the sunshine at the park today! So great to see so many bright, smiling faces!”
After a quick welcome speech by HPNA co-president Lorre Weidlich, the egg hunt was kicked off by HPNA past president John Williams. First up were the littlest ones, ages 0 to 2. It was indeed a great photo opportunity for parents, with their toddlers dressed in their best outfits. Quick to follow were the 3 and 4 year olds, obviously experienced from previous years in picking up as many eggs as they can handle. And finally, the ages 5 and over group. This year, the “5 and ups” lined up and raced across the bridge to hunt eggs on the other side of the creek. Two lucky children found Free Play Passes inside golden eggs donated by Liza Wilson of Toybrary Austin. Afterwards, Lorre Weidlich remarked, “The egg scramble is a great community event. We need more events like it. They’re the glue that holds us together as a neighborhood.”
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Grande Communications, popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy were free for all attendees. While the little kids played inside the bouncy house, the older kids fought their way through the bouncy obstacle course. All of them cheered enthusiastically at the much-anticipated arrival of the Egg Scramble Bunny! Even though he is very busy this time of year, he took lots of pictures with kids in the photo booth, provided by Carolyn Grimes of Coldwell Banker United, Realtors. And what a long line for Jasper the balloon twister! Who knew this would be the most popular part of the festivities. It looked like Elsa and SpongeBob Squarepants were the most requested balloon figures! “It was absolutely perfect,” said neighbor Nancy Mims, “I loved getting to chat with neighbors and friends while the kids went bonkers. It was great! And the balloon guy was pure magic.”
Other sponsors for the event included Walgreens, Bounce Around Austin, and McKinney York Architects. Special recognition is due the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and all the volunteers from It’s My Park! Day for keeping Shipe Park looking so beautiful and readying it for this event.
The success of this event would not have been possible without all of our volunteer: Summer Seibert, Ashleigh Brown, Phil Seibert, Adam Brunson, Jordan Schmid, Jenna Williamson, Glenda Ripley, Chandler Sager, Edward Harris, Debi Rivier-Harris, Alice From Hyde Park!, Krista Box, Brent Baker, Craig Mitchel, Jake Box, Faith Koehler, Michael Horowitz, Betsy Clubine, Rodney Gibbs, Maury Sullivan, Jose Cabada, Lorre Weidlich, David Conner, Vince Williams, Carmela Williams, Alicia Cabada-Luyet, and Joaquin Reynolds. Special thanks to Todd Pruner for providing the PA system and John Williams for compiling the music playlist.
And, finally, a thank you to all of our neighbors who came out for the event. We hope to see all of you and more at this event next year on Saturday April 4, 2015. Mark your calendars!
–Michelle Rossomando and Tim Luyet, Co-Chairs