LENOX — As communities throughout the commonwealth continue to adjust to stay-at-home advisories, many long-standing events and festivities have had to take a backseat, at least for the time being.
But youth in Lenox will still have an opportunity to enjoy the thrill of the hunt for Easter eggs if Darlene McCauley has anything to do with it.
McCauley, director of The Lenox Community Center, announced at the end of last week that the center is sponsoring a two-part social distancing egg hunt.
“Due to the COVID-19 situation, our traditional egg hunt was canceled,” she said. “But we wanted to do something fun for families.”
Throughout this week until Sunday, April 12, McCauley reached out to shops, restaurants, churches, town departments and residences all over town to display large decorated paper eggs in a window or on a door. The idea behind this was to encourage families to “hunt” for these eggs while practicing social distancing via care rides or walks, she said. McCauley further encouraged families to share their findings on the Lenox Community Center Facebook page.
The inspiration for the initiative came from a post on social media in Iowa, according to McCauley.
The center is also providing a bag filled with Easter eggs to children under 12 years old in Lenox.
“It’s hard not being able to do something for the kids,” said McCauley. “People can reach out to us and let us know how many kids they have, and we’ll drop them off on the lawn. In this pandemic, it’s good to put some positive energy out there, and we’ve done this as a two-part hunt that incorporates businesses, churches and all residents in town.”
To receive a bag of Easter eggs on Friday, April 10, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those that are interested are advised to include their address in Lenox and number of children at a particular residence. In addition to the bag of eggs, children should be on the lookout for a golden egg. The recipient of the golden egg should contact the center at 413-637-5530 to receive a prize.
Also on April 10, the Easter bunny will be hopping about Lenox in a car from 2 to 4 p.m. McCauley advises youth of all ages to watch from their windows or yard for the bunny’s appearance.
While the center is closed to the public until further notice, McCauley says the center is continuing to provide one meal per day to any resident in need. The meal delivery hotline is 413-637-4787. When leaving a message, patrons should leave their name, address, telephone number and number of people at that address in need of meals. Meals will be delivered at 11:30 a.m. each day until further notice.
The regularly scheduled yoga classes at the center are also available online through Zoom.
Classes for Chair Yoga are as follows: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. On Monday, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Gentle Flow & Restore will be held.
To sign up for Chair Yoga or Gentle Flow & Restore, visit https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php.
Once signed up, participants will receive a confirmation email with a link to the Zoom program. Organizers encourage participants to sign in to the class at least five minutes prior to the start of the class.
The chair yoga has been free of charge and will continue to be so. The other classes are being offered by donation.