Easter at Ninigret Park – “This is the real Easter Bunny”

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Ashtyn not only wants to meet the Easter Bunny but also wants to verify his pink nose is real!

“This is the real Easter Bunny,” said a four-year old visiting Ninigret Park on Saturday, and parents credited Parks and Recreation Director Vicky Hilton with creating the perfect illusion.

She, in turn, expressed gratitude to the town staff and volunteers who contributed to the festive atmosphere.


Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, Ray Defalco, Department of Public Works staff Paul Iacuele, and Parks and Recreation Director Vicky Hilton greet families at the Saturday morning reception for the Easter Bunny.
Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, Ray Defalco, Department of Public Works staff Paul Iacuele, and Parks and Recreation Director Vicky Hilton greet families at the Saturday morning reception for the Easter Bunny.

Among those on duty Saturday were assistant director Ray Defalco, lifeguard Matt Santagata, Paul Iacuele of the Department of Public Works, the Charlestown Police Department, entertainer Jay Brunelle (401-732-4176) who brings his own brand of joy to every event, and Washington Trust volunteers Nicolette Cavalluzzi, Patty Cole, and Sandy Liese. All went above and beyond to bring the spirit of Easter to the Park.

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Carter and Kat show off their Easter bonnets made by Jay Brunelle

The “real” Easter Bunny posed for pictures at the morning reception in the Senior Center, sat on the floor to meet toddlers eye to eye, and danced with the children to the music of Brunelle. The Washington Trust volunteers served Dunkin Donuts coffee, hot chocolate, and bagels.

Best of all, adults enjoyed watching their children participate in the performance with Brunelle. He managed to bring out star qualities in the most reluctant youngsters. With gentle encouragement and a touch of cajoling, he left no child out.

In the mid-day sun, thousands of plastic eggs glistened on fields around the playground near Little Nini Pond. Carefully placed among the eggs were packages of seeds (planting them will be a great family activity), lollipops, and small toys. Whether a child had an allergy to nuts, chocolate, or a problem with sugar, Hilton provided something for everyone.

Courtesy of the Charlestown Police Department, the Easter Bunny arrived at the Park in style and promptly began the countdown for the egg hunt. With a special field for the younger children, all left the park with their baskets full of treasures and with many happy memories.

Thank you Charlestown Parks and Recreation for another year of special Easter memories.