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Families Brave Weather for Easter Egg Hunt

By Vickie Babyak
The Tube City Almanac
April 20, 2022
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Kaylie Waugaman, daughter of Chaz and Charlize Waugaman of Dravosburg, found a special golden egg at Saturday’s Easter egg hunt and couldn’t contain her excitement as she showed it off to her dad. (Vickie Babyak photo for Tube City Almanac)

Despite gray skies and rainy weather, local families gathered in Dravosburg Saturday to enjoy Easter festivities.

Residents met at the Dravosburg Masonic Hall on Duquesne Avenue at 11 a.m. for an exciting day of activities as Omni Masonic Lodge No 582 and Harry S. Truman Masonic Lodge No. 765 held their second annual Easter egg hunt.

The event was free to residents and registration was not required to attend.

Even with cool weather and scattered showers, the children were delighted to find Easter eggs hidden in piles of hay spread out on the lodge grounds. The egg hunt was divided into age groups, zero to 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 10.

Families watched over their children searching for Easter eggs hidden in piles of hay on Omni Masonic Lodge No. 582 grounds. (Vickie Babyak photo for Tube City Almanac)

Gerald McGrew Jr., Masonic Lodge No. 582 member, said last year’s egg hunt had approximately 100 participants. He said the cooler weather probably kept families home this year but the turnout was still nice.

“We enjoy doing it for the kids since there’s not much for them to do. Keeping them active keeps them well-grounded,” said McGrew.

Entertainment was provided by Jahinie Productions and the Shriners Clowns with their shenanigans. But the appearance of Easter Bunny had utmost importance. Youngsters stood in line waiting for their turn to meet the big fellow. Most of the children warmed up immediately while some of the youngest were a little hesitant.

Pizza and refreshments were served at the conclusion of the event.

The Guillory-Barber Family from Dravosburg hoped that baby Tymir would experience excitement in finding an egg but he fell asleep in his mother’s arms. 

Randy Hobaugh attended the Easter egg hunt with his granddaughter and unexpectedly was transformed by the magician into a ballet dancing grandpa.

Dan Vranesevic, in the front wearing a hat, and Tom Sichelstiel, both from Harry S. Truman Lodge No. 765, had two little helpers assisting with clean up duty.

Jahinie Productions has been in business 35 years and is located in Munhall. Jahinie chose two young assistants from the audience to help perform his magic trick. (Vickie Babyak photos for Tube City Almanac)

Vickie Babyak is a photographer and freelance writer from Dravosburg. She may be reached at vbabyak@yahoo.com.

Originally published April 20, 2022.

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