It was a chilly day, but the sun was shining and families were out and about on Good Friday in the Green Valley Estates subdivision, just south of 6th Line to take part in a socially distanced Easter Bunny meet and greet and egg hunt, organized by Jennifer Feeney of Jen Feeney Events.
Last year, Feeney set up a 140 balloon arch in recognition of the worldwide One Million Bubbles of Hope campaign. The campaign involved 900 balloon artists around the world to show their love and provide hope during the pandemic by building fun and creative balloon art and sharing it on social media over the Easter weekend.
This year, Feeney wanted to do something similar for the kids in the neighbourhood, just before the province entered its third lockdown.
Feeney had the Easter Bunny stand on her porch surrounded by a colourful balloon garland and matching cutout 'Happy Easter' sign from local business, Invitque. Kids in the neighbourhood were invited to stop by and have their photo taken on the lawn in front of the Easter Bunny by Cassidy Hilliard of Hillside Photography.
On Halloween, the subdivision did a similar event, with Feeney setting up another balloon backdrop while the area kids took part in a daytime trick-or-treat.
"We decided to do the same thing for Easter," said Feeney, noting many of the neighbours had 'egg tables' set up for the kids to collect and put in their baskets.
Feeney wanted to do something positive and COVID-safe for the community and reached out to Hilliard about taking pictures for the free event.
"I agreed right away," said Hilliard. "Anything for the kiddos and families."
Photos were emailed to the families earlier this week.