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April 3, 2007 > Easter at Ardenwood

Easter at Ardenwood

This year, we changed our clocks early to be in synch with Daylight Savings Time. At Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, the clock is always turned to bygone days of pastoral elegance of the 19th century Patterson House and its surrounding farmlands. The hands of this clock are firmly fixed on fun for the entire family and Easter Sunday promises a special day of activities for everyone.

Spring is a time for renewal and new, young animals on the farm are a good indicator of this time of year. Along with new sheep and goats, its time to meet young cuddly bunnies that are seeing their first year of life. In the tradition of Victorian Easter activities, Ardenwood will host a series of special family events beginning with egg decorating (eggs supplied by Ardenwood staff), then a search for the magical "Golden Egg" that will bring a full year of happiness and good luck to the lucky person who finds it; clues will be given every few minutes by Naturalist Eric Nicholas. Completing the Easter festivities, an egg roll on the lawn in front of a big white house at Ardenwood will mimic the 128-year tradition on the lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. As Nicholas notes, "They have a big white house with a large lawn and so do we!"

Following Easter activities, the farm will still be open and hungry animals will demand attention. For those who want to help feed the livestock, dinner comes early with a 3 o'clock meal. Ardenwood volunteers and naturalists will be happy to assist visitors who want to help satisfy the farmyard's afternoon hunger pangs.

EGG DECORATING 12 Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Learn how natural dyes have played a part in the colorful history of egg decorating. We've got the hard boiled eggs and a full spectrum of colors donated by nature. Disabled accessible. This is a drop in program; no registration is required. For information, call (510) 796-0663.

SEARCH FOR THE GOLDEN EGG 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
It's somewhere on the farm! Listen for clues when you hear the bell clanging in the Farmyard. Whoever finds it, gets to keep it, and receives good luck all spring! This is a drop in program; no registration is required. For information, call (510) 796-0663.

A quirky 128 year old White House tradition comes to the farm. We have our own fabulous green lawn and big white house. Bring a picnic and enjoy holiday fun! This is a drop in program; no registration is required. For information, call (510) 796-0663.

Easter at Ardenwood
Sunday, April 8
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
(510) 796-0663

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