While the town does tend to empty out during spring break when kids and parents have some time off, Hay River organizations made sure anyone who stayed home was not forgotten this Easter.
“We know a lot of families are away for the weekend,” said Sharon Pekok, executive director of the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre.
“But some aren’t and we just wanted to plan something that would be fun for families.”
The centre had an Easter Egg hunt for small children on Saturday evening, followed by a feast and a dance. Pekok said the last time they hosted something similar about 85 people attended.
“We have fun, and it’s nice to get out in the spring time and do things as a family,” she said, adding that as she expected people would be having their own Easter feasts the following day, the food was plentiful but quite simple.
“It’s nothing fancy, just good home-cooked food.”
Besides the food and chocolate anticipated for the next day, Madelaine Fabian said one of her favourite things about spring is riding her bike, though jumping in puddles and playing outside came in close second.
“The warmer weather is really bringing people out again,” said Pekok, adding that she hoped to capitalize on the warmth and longer daylight hours for the evenings events.
The K’atlodeeche First Nation hosted a barbecue Easter Sunday at the Chief Lamalice Complex, and the Town of Hay River also got in on the fun.
The Don Stewart Recreation Centre put on an Easter Eggstravaganza complete with an egg-hunt in the pool, free swim and crafts for all ages.