By Richard Rourk
Two of the county’s most anticipated Easter celebrations are returning this weekend.
At the north end of Unicoi County, The Buffalo Valley Historic Association is taking guests back in time with their Old Fashioned Easter event at the Bogart-Bowman Cabin.
“We hope to have a lot of kids and good weather for the event,” said Buffalo Valley Historic Association President Leisa Willis.
Willis said that the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance. The event will most likely provide a chance to also meet some woolly sheep.
The Association’s “Old Fashioned Easter” will also feature an egg hunt, games and many more surprises.
Willis hopes the community comes out for a day of celebration and to consider joining the ever-growing group that makes up the Buffalo Valley Historic Association.
“If it wasn’t for our dedicated members and volunteers we couldn’t have any of our events,” Willis said. “We are trying to preserve as much history as we can for future generations. We meet on the second Thursday night each month, at 6 p.m., inside the Bogart-Bowman Cabin.”
Willis welcomes anyone who wants to learn more about the group. The Buffalo Valley Historic Association’s Old Fashioned Easter is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 15, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Bogart Bowman Cabin, in Unicoi.
In Erwin, a popular hometown business is looking to give back this spring.
Erwin Apparel recently hosted free Easter pictures with Hopkins the Bunny on April 8 and Erwin Apparel Owner Amanda Galleher is already working on her next big Easter project.
The second annual Community Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is completely free for guests.
“This is our second year,” Galleher said. “Last year we had over 550 people attend. This is an event we look forward to as a business. We love to see the children happy, it is beyond amazing. We do it to honor the Lord for allowing us to share the true meaning of Easter. We pray before we have the hunt.”
Galleher is excited to expand this event for 2022.
“This year we added extra inflatables and more Zappa,” Galleher said. “We have over 10,000 eggs filled and have lots of prizes and drawings planned. This year we also have some tents as a meet and greet for adults to get to know our community.”
Erwin Apparel has joined up with more than 25 other local businesses and organizations to hold this event.
“I have to give a huge thank you to all the sponsors and to Unicoi County Schools for allowing us to have this event for our children,” Galleher said.
The second annual Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 600 S. Mohawk Drive.
For more information, including a list of all sponsors and photographs from Hopkins’ visit follow Erwin Apparel on social media, including Facebook.