Hellertown-Lower Saucon Community Day
The Annual Saucon Valley Easter Egg Hunt held April 20 in Dimmick Park, Hellertown is history. As our group of volunteers gathered in Dimmick Park early in the morning to prepare for this year’s Saucon Valley Easter Egg Hunt, the torrential rain and threat of lightning cast extreme doubt on if we would succeed in holding this event as planned. With the traditional date of Saturday before Easter set, it is impossible to expect good weather each time. Therefore we have no choice but to advertise this event “Rain or Shine” and this time proved the need for that advertisement. All the planning and preparation for this event was scheduled well in advance for this particular day none of which could be altered.
Although the crowd was unusually light compared to past years, the enthusiasm was at an all-time high with those in attendance. Shortly before the start, the Easter Bunny rolled in on a fire truck accompanied by other fire trucks and crew members thanks to Ron Smith and Dewey Fire Company volunteers. Visits to the Bunny would wait though as the children anxiously lined up at their appropriate places in the fields corresponding to their age groups. Miraculously, the rain seemed to stop just as the 10AM hour approached.
At exactly 10AM a wailing siren pierced the damp, heavy air to signal it was time to race for the prizes that await each child. Children scrambled to scoop up eggs and prizes as quickly as they could, filling baskets, bags and buckets. In a mere 38 seconds, it was over…and so was the void in the clouds as rain began to fall once again. We could not have asked for better timing with the rain!
The crowd visited the fire trucks for quick tours and photos then gathered under the pavilion roof to meet with the Easter Bunny and more photos. Those children who were lucky to scoop prize eggs exchanged them for chocolate bunnies of various sizes. Special prizes of large stuffed bunnies were given as grand prizes in certain groups. The rain surely did not dampen the Easter spirits of those who came!
The Hellertown Historical Society offers our gratitude to Ron Smith and Dewey Fire Company Fire and EMS Squads, Hellertown Police Department, the Borough of Hellertown, Saucon Valley Relay for Life of the Greater Saucon/Bethlehem Area volunteers Janet and Heather Reilly, Lori Waldspurger and Jennifer Schneider from the former Saucon Valley Ambucs and our ambitious volunteers from Hellertown Historical Society. Each of these groups and individuals offered incredible support and manpower to make this event a great Community success.
We also wish to thank our generous sponsors who provided funding or donations of goods and services in support of this event:
Binney and Smith/Crayola
Four Winds Concrete
Gary’s Custom Cuts
Giant Food Stores
Hellertown Crossroads Hotel
Please show your appreciation and thanks of their Community support by patronizing these businesses.
Hellertown-Lower Saucon Community Day is currently planned for August 17.
Details are still being planned by the Community Day Committee.
Hellertown Historical Society will take part in this Borough-wide event held in Dimmick Park, Hellertown.
Please return to this space for future updates. Save the date!
Madeline Howard, 2-1/2 Year Old Daughter of Clayton and Melissa Howard, Grand Prize Winner in the 1-2 Year Old Age Group
Calling All Hellers!
The Hellertown Historical Society is trying to collect, organize and create a file for Heller Family descendants. A Heller Family descendant and amateur Heller genealogist is going to be at our booth during Community Day on August 17. She will be available from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm to take your family tree information or see if you are in her researched information about the Hellers. If you have researched your Heller family roots and are willing to share, our society would very much like a copy of your research to add to our files. Stop by and see us at Community Day!
Saucon Valley Easter Egg Hunt
Phone (610) 838-1770
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9:00AM - 11:30AM
Museum Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9:00AM - 11:30AM & By Appointment