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April 17, 2014

Easter activities to be plentiful this weekend

Families will have many opportunities to get outside and celebrate Easter with their families this weekend.

The Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society and the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad are offering two-hour train rides beginning at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The trains will board at the Milford depot. Children will enjoy meeting the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt at the Dreamspark stop, as well as various games on board including an egg rolling contest and a treasure hunt, said Wendy York, the senior vice president of the CCVR.

The CCVR is operated entirely by volunteers who are passionate about preserving the railway, York said.

“We put our heart and soul into everything we do,” York said. “We make families feel comfortable and offer a good time for a reasonable price.”

York said this is a popular train ride for families with children of all ages. For more information about ticket prices or to reserve a ticket call 432-2429.

Families hoping to enjoy the fresh, springtime air may enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt at Hyde Hall. The two-hour event begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and is free and open to the public. The Leatherstocking Credit Union sponsors the egg hunt.

Last year more than 300 people attended the egg hunt, said John Maney, the director of Hyde Hall.

“It makes for a really nice outing on a Saturday morning,” Maney said. “It’s a great family event and it’s a great way to celebrate spring.”

People can also walk down to Glimmerglass State Park and walk along the beach or just enjoy the views of the water from Hyde Hall, Maney said. However, Glimmerglass State Park will not officially open until Memorial Day Weekend, he said.

There is also the Annual Easter Parade and Tea Party hosted by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce at noon on Saturday. The parade begins at Lakefront Park where the Easter Bunny and Mrs. Bunny will lead the parade aboard the antique Cooperstown Fire Truck. The parade continues down Pioneer St. and ends at the Tunnicliff Inn, where there will be face painting, refreshments and visiting with the Easter Bunny and Mrs. Bunny.

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