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Many eggs for Easter: Annual egg hunt takes over Little House lawn

By Staff | Apr 26, 2019

Five-year-old Ellie Bankhurst, left, looks through her eggs with the help of her father, Shepherd University professor Benjamin Bankhurst, on Saturday morning. Tabitha Johnston

SHEPHERDSTOWN – While Miguel de Cervantes is well known for saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” on Saturday morning, the children of Shepherdstown were doing anything but, during Shepherdstown’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The 15-year-old hunt, which took place around and behind the Little House, drew hundreds of children with baskets in hand, ready to scour the bushes at the sound of the signal. Led by Kerry Asam, the event was held in conjunction with the Shepherdstown Easter Parade.

“It’s an event that has been run by a few different people in the Shepherdstown community, and it’s an event we’ve taken on to keep running on the last couple of years,” said Kerry’s husband, Bavarian Inn President Christian Asam. “It is successful through the help of the Shepherdstown Visitors Center, Shepherdstown Elementary School and the Asam family.”

According to Christian, the event is a family affair, having been previously led by his mother before she passed the reigns onto her daughter-in-law. The Bavarian Inn’s maintenance crew also volunteers its time, putting barriers around the gardened areas behind the Little House before the event.

“I have young ones of my own, so I know the importance of this event. The number of eggs seems to grow every year,” said Head of Maintenance Kevin Murphy, who has helped with the event for three years.

As Kevin pounded a stake into the ground, his wife, Shepherd University physics professor Sytil Murphy, helped by wrapping yellow caution tape around a flower bed.

“I just came here and got drafted to help,” Sytil said, laughing. “This is the first year we’ve made it to this event with our three kids, who will be joining in the egg hunt after we watch the parade. This event builds community, which is important, because we have to live together and help each other.”

Along with the adult volunteers from the SVC, Bavarian Inn and Shepherdstown Elementary School, a group of fifth graders from Shepherdstown Elementary came at 10:15 a.m. to hide the eggs and man the prize table.

“My kid was volunteering for the egg hunt through school. They filled eggs in class and then had them working the prize table today,” said Bill Brown, of Shepherdstown, who said the only difficulty with the event, was getting his son out of bed on a Saturday morning. “It’s good involvement, community-wise.”