Like the longest of nights, it seems that the dawn of Spring has finally come to our little ship floating in the East River. The snow and ice capping our streets, walkways, and parks is melting to reveal fresh ground. Our Island family, friends, and neighbors are emerging from the cocoons of their apartments to bask in the warming sun and breathe in the renewed fresh air. It seems that Spring has finally arrived, and with it brings a number of Island celebrations to renew the ties that bond us as neighbors, starting with the Annual RIRA Egg Hunt.
RIRA Annual Egg Hunt
On Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. - noon, at the Manhattan Park Green, we once again invite you and all of your little ones, aged ten and under, to wear your spring finest and attend this year’s RIRA Annual Egg Hunt, a cherished community event. The Egg Hunt is hosted by RIRA’s Social, Cultural and Educational Services (SC&E) Committee, along with partners Island Kids, P.S./I.S. 217, and the Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance. This event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of Wholesome Factory, Piccolo Trattoria, the Roosevelt Island Starbucks, RIVAA Gallery, The Carter Burden Center for the Aging, the Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts and Daisies, Hope Church, the Roosevelt Island Center for Community Development, the Roosevelt Island Branch of the New York Public Library, Roosevelt Island Marlins, the Wildlife Freedom Foundation, Manhattan Park, the Roosevelt Island Senior Association (RISA), and RIOC.
Rain or shine, this year promises to be just as fun and exciting as years past, with a visit from the Easter Bunny, story time under the tree, children’s book give-aways, raffles, egg hunts for each age group, bonnet making, and so much more.
Doors will open to check in and/or register at 10:00 a.m. on April 1 and will remain open until 10:30 a.m. Table activities will be led and put on by differing Roosevelt Island Community groups while families are given the opportunity to check in or register until approximately 11 a.m., including a special musical performance by the Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance Children’s Theater from their upcoming show, Seussical Jr. This year’s Egg Hunt will formally commence at 11 a.m.. The first hunt will be for children aged three and over. Children under three will take their turn at 11:15 a.m. in a separate area. Note: Adults will not be allowed in the egg hunt area during the three and over Egg Hunt. One adult per child will be allowed in the egg hunt area for the three and under crowd.
Thank You Eva Bosbach
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge and thank Eva Bosbach, past coordinator and founder of the Roosevelt Island Parents Network (and former RIRA Representative for Southtown).
She resigned from RIPN to pursue a full-time professional opportunity. We are grateful to her for her dedication and love for the families, parents, and children of the Island. A partner to RIRA in its community endeavors, and always an advocate and stalwart for the children of our Island and their parents, Eva turned what was first a network for Island parents to share thoughts and resources, into a formidable advocacy group with only one mission in mind: the hearts, minds, and well-being of our Island children. We look forward to working together with her successors, Cecilia Chen and Sangeeta Joseph, and I wish Eva the best of luck on her future endeavors. You will truly be missed!
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