Some families gathered around the Easter Bunny for a group photo during the Pines Community Center's Easter Breakfast in Northfield last week. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
April 25, 2019NORTHFIELD – Pines Community Center held their traditional Easter Breakfast last Saturday morning, an event well-attended each year by local residents, and the only disappointment this time was that weather spoiled the egg hunt that typically follows the breakfast each year.
"Students from the Winnisquam High School National Honor Society were going to be running the egg hunt for us and they were disappointed when we had to cancel it," said recreation Director Samantha Magoon. "It isn't raining right now but the grounds are really wet. The students were excited to help out this year so we want them to know we really appreciate their interest."
Despite that cancellation, inside the center there was a continuous rotation of children and adults filling the tables where they enjoyed breakfast as they conversed with new friends and old. Magoon said the Easter Breakfast is one of the biggest fundraisers the community center holds each year and this time was no exception.
"We really get a lot of support from the community for this event. People know about it and come back to join us every year. It's wonderful to see that continued support," said Magoon.
For a nominal donation, there was an all-you-can-eat buffet with a menu that included scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, toast, coffee, milk and juice. Working hard to keep everyone fed that day were Tilton-Northfield Recreation Council Board members Rose-Marie Welch (president), Scott Haskins (vice-president), Jennifer Haskins, Joe Jesseman, Jason Kingsbury, Doreen Tilton, Cecile Beaupre and Traci Milbourne (treasurer). Assisting with clean up duties was a group of youth volunteers.
Adding to the festivities was a special visit from the Easter Bunny who hopped by to pose for photos with all the little ones.
Pines Community Center, operated under the oversight of the Tilton-Northfield Recreation Council, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides recreational opportunities for residents of Northfield and Tilton. While both towns contribute funding for PCC through their budgets each year, those contributions amount to only 40-percent of their projected expenses. The remaining 60-percent of money is raised through program fees, grants, donations and fundraising events like the Easter Breakfast.
The community center is located at 61 Summer St. in Northfield. More information on their youth camps, before and after school programs, adult and youth groups, and special events can be found on both their Facebook page and their Web site, www.pinescommunitycenter.com.