Easter activities abound Saturday at Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts

Parents and children walk around during the Easter egg hunt on Saturday at an Easter program at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

GLOVERSVILLE — Despite heavy rain, the children inside the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts were busy with Easter activities Saturday.

In a crafts room, children were making Easter hats. Evan Jones of Mayfield was crowned with his hat by Brenda Dwyer, Nigra gallery curator.

“I like the crafts for the kids,” said his mother, Virginia, who came to the program last year too. “Evan loves the Easter bunny. It’s close to home too.”

Also in the hat craft room was Julia May of Hopewell Junction who appreciated that “the kids were having fun and have something to do on a rainy day.”

“We were busier than we anticipated,” said Maria Nestle, Nigra operations director. “A lot more people came in the door than we had preregistered.”

Amy Czadzeck of Northville works with her sons Rylian, center, and Milo as they color Easter designs on paper on Saturday at an Easter program at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Many children liked the Easter bunny. Dakoda Harrington of Gloversville, however, wasn’t quite sure about him and squirmed away.

Amy Czadzeck of Northville brought her sons Rylian and Milo, who were coloring Easter-designed papers. “It’s always great to have local events that make memories,” she said. “It’s the first time Milo met the Easter bunny.”

In the kitchen, an egg dyeing was occurring. Sara Capece of Perth was guiding her daughter Silvia in the process. “When it’s rainy or too cold outside, it’s nice because it’s indoors,” said Sara.

Tanner Baker of Mayfield, who came with his mother, Amanda Bowman, liked dyeing eggs. “You get to decorate them,” he said.

The Easter egg hunt was held in two different rooms, one for the 5- to 10-year-olds and the other for the 1- to 4-year-olds.

Sara Capece of Perth, third from right, helps her daugher Silvia dye Easter eggs on Saturday at an Easter program at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

“The Easter egg hunt is like the main event,” said Kyle Biel of Johnstown. He said his son anticipates it.

“It’s really a good atmosphere, really friendly, family oriented.”

Sawyer Lizzio of Johnstown lucked out by finding a golden egg, which entitled her family to a $25 gift certificate for Nigra programs.

Sawyer and her sister Callie “both had a blast,” said their mother, Carey.

Raegan and Kyndale Bonfey spent time opening the eggs they snagged, searching for edibles and toys. “They look forward to this every year,” said their mother, Kaley. “They call it the Easter place.”

Sawyer Lizzio of Johnstown finds a golden egg during the Easter egg hunt on Saturday at an Easter program at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Raegan and Kyndall Bonfey check out their eggs for goodies and toys after the Easter egg hunt on Saturday at an Easter program at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Tanner Baker of Mayfield hitches a ride from his mother, Amanda Bowman, on Saturday at an Easter program at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

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