spragues easter

By Mary Heyl

No fooling! Easter Sunday is April 1, and there are lots of fun ways to celebrate over the next two weekends. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to make some great memories this year. There’s lots to do right here in Cattaraugus County, from Easter egg hunts to meeting the Easter Bunny, to a delicious Easter brunch for the family. Read on to make your plans for the next two weekends!

The Portville American Legion Post 814 will be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 1 through 8 on Saturday, March 24 starting at 11 a.m. at the Legion, which is located at 24 North Main Street in Portville. Two thousand eggs will be hidden and the Easter Bunny will be there for photos! Don’t miss out on this egg-stravaganza!

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 6360 Route 242 East in Ellicottville will be hosting its annual Community Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, March 24 starting at 3:30 p.m. This family-friendly event includes lots of candy, prizes and fun and will be held rain or shine. The egg hunt’s festivities also include cookie decorating, crafts and free hot dogs for everyone to enjoy. Those who would like to stay can take part in Thrive, the church’s weekly contemporary worship service which begins at 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.stpaulsellicottville.com or call (716)699-2265.

Enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Sprague’s Maple Farms in Portville. At 1 p.m. sharp, join in the Annual Easter Egg Hunt outside, where over 1,500 eggs are hidden and special prizes will be awarded. Be sure to bring the camera, as the Easter Bunny and Sprague’s life-size Moose and Bear will be there too! Sprague’s Maple Farms is located at 1048 Route 305 in Portville. Call 933-6637 to learn more.

Nearby, the City of Olean Youth and Recreation Division will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 11:00 a.m. at War Veteran’s Park at the intersection of East State and Front Streets in Olean. The hunt is for children ages 2 through 9, who will be divided into four separate age groups. In the event of inclement weather, the Easter Egg Hunt will be relocated indoors to the William O. Smith Recreation Center located at 551 East State Street.

Bring the family to the Ellicottville Village Park for the EVL Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Easter Egg Hunt! The Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m., and everyone leaves with tons of eggs! Special prizes will be awarded to those who find the numbered eggs, and there are door prizes to win, too. In the event of rain, the egg hunt will be at the fire hall instead, which is located nearby at 2 Lyn Weishan.

Good Times of Olean invites you and your family to enjoy Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch includes over 25 items and everyone receives an Easter Egg with a surprise inside! This famous spread will be available in the banquet center and The Point restaurant and includes full breakfast options, lunch options, desserts and carving stations with roast turkey and top round. Adults eat for $22.99, seniors 65 and older for $15.99, children ages five to ten for $14.99 and children ages 4 and younger eat for free. Call Good Times, which is located at 800 East State Street, at 379-8210 to make your reservations.