Making memories at heart of 'Breakfast with the Easter Bunny'

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It’s a fun-filled family event that will undoubtedly put smiles on the faces of moms, dads and grandparents.

It’s one of Nicole Cournoyer’s favorite times of the year, most notably because the assistant recreation director in Johnston takes great pride in making youngsters happy.

It’s also a rite of spring that in recent years has been bolstered by the sponsorship of Johnston’s largest corporate partner, Citizens Bank.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and running through 11:30 that morning, the Johnston Parks and Recreation Department will present its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny inside the Johnston Senior Center at 1291 Hartford Ave.

“Everyone loves this special event,” said Vin Jackvony, a longtime program coordinator with the Parks and Recreation Department who takes pride in designing the event’s promotional pieces. “It’s special for parents … what a great opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny.”

Dozens upon dozens of children are expected to show up at the Senior Center on Saturday morning, and there is no charge for taking a picture with the Easter Bunny.

However, as Jackvony cautioned: “Please bring your own camera. We don’t provide them.”

What Johnston Parks and Recreation does provide, as Cournoyer announced while stocking up on the chocolates and others items that are part of Citizens Bank’s annual sponsorship, are refreshments for all the children. Moreover, parking is also free.

“Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” – which was once held inside Johnston War Memorial Park but moved to the Senior Center to guard against a cancellation because of inclement weather – is also one of the town’s most colorful recreation programs. Youngsters of all ages come decked in a number of outfits, including colorful bunny ears.

While Cournoyer and several staffers will be giving kids pastry, juices and a variety of Easter candies, the focus Saturday morning will be on proud parents and grandparents having their young loved ones get a chance to meet the Easter Bunny.

Brenda Martin, who is well known for her long-time position as dietary manager at the Senior Center, offered: “This is a special time for our family. It’s my grandson Michael Cringle’s first Easter, and having his picture taken with the Easter Bunny will really make the day one we’ll cherish forever.” 

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