SCARSDALE, N.Y. Natured smiled on Scarsdale and a few hundred of its younger residents Saturday with sunny skies and warm temperatures during the village's annual Spring Eggstravaganza at Scarsdale Middle School.
Ned, a magician, served as the warm-up act for the headliner: the Holiday Bunny and egg hunt, which is more of an egg scramble. About 1,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and, in some cases, a ticket for a prize were scattered around the courtyard outside the school's auditorium entrance. Dan Walczewski of Scarsdale Parks and Recreation said there also were 500 chocolate eggs mixed in. After the show in the auditorium, the crowd headed outside, where parents tried to restrain the kids pre-K through fifth-graders, officially from starting the egg grab before the signal was given.
Walczewski said the turnout was larger Saturday morning and it has been in recent years. "We say it's for Scarsdale residents,, but no one checks IDs. Anyone can show up," he said.
Kids were greeted by the bunny as they left the show. Some gathered around for pictures, while others seemed not to know what to make of the larger-than-life hare.
Comic magician Ned opened the festivities in the auditorium with an act filled with a rapid-fire patter, much of which was aimed at the grown-ups. The biggest adult laugh came on a Scarsdale-specific line. "Are you happy?" he asked the kids. "If I can make just one kid happy, my job is done." Then he pointed into the audience. "Now, for the next half hour, this gentleman is going to come up and explain what a hedge fund is."
For the kids, the highlight came when Ned picked out an 8-year-old boy from the audience to sit on his shoulders while he rode a unicycle while juggling.
"It was fantastic; great," said Derek Pease, who was there with wife Molly and pre-schoolers Lucy and Janie. "She liked the Easter Bunny," he said of Lucy, who is learning to walk but not ready to solo. "We had perfect weather."
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