Photos: Smiths Parish Council Easter Egg Hunt

March 29, 2016

The Smith’s Parish Council hosted their second Easter egg hunt and family fun day on Saturday, March 26 at John Smith’s Bay, with the event free of charge for children from three to 10-years-old. The weather cooperated and skies cleared by the time approximately 80 children and their parents arrived.

“We are very happy to be able to run our signature children’s event for this year,” said Smiths Parish Council Chair Akilah Beckles. “It has previously proven to be a fun day out for the younger Smith’s Parish residents. We are especially grateful to our sponsors, without whose support the Easter Egg Hunt, refreshments, and prizes, would be a near impossibility.”

Chair of the Easter egg hunt committee Dexter Jones said, “We had an Easter Bunny, hamburgers, hot-dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, drink, water, music, sidewalk chalk and fun games on the beach. Children also played together on the fun castle and got their face painted by Sniggles before the signature Easter egg hunt.”

The hunt took place around 4:30pm and the children scattered to find their eggs hidden among the trees, branches and rocks of the mid-section of the park. The 10 children who found a golden eggs or decorated eggs won movie tickets with one winning a Lego Set and 1onelucky grand prize winner taking home a gift certificate for a brand new pedal bike donated by Sandpiper Guest Apartments.

The success and continuation annually of the Easter Egg Hunt and the Seniors Tea held last month, is dependent upon sponsors, donors and volunteers.


“Two years ago the Council held its first ever Easter egg hunt,” said Kelly Sousa, Council member and past Chair. “The success of the event was more than we anticipated so we knew we had to do it bigger and better this year.

“Unfortunately last year we were unable to have an Easter egg hunt due to lack of funds, however this year with the gracious sponsorship and donations from various businesses and individuals in and around the community, we are able to hold our Easter egg hunt. We hope that this event can be put on annually just like our Seniors Tea.”

The Smith’s Parish Council said they “would like to thank the sponsors and donors: A&M Bulk, John Barritt & Son, Cleveland County Cricket Club, D&C Grill, Department of Parks, MP Diallo Rabain, Harrington Workmans Club, Liberty Theatre, the Progressive Labour Party, Sandpiper Guest Apartments, Sniggles, Speciality Inn & Theatre, Van Buren Gas Station, Senator Lynne Woolridge along with all those who came out to support and enjoy the event.

“We are also thankful to two CedarBridge Academy students, Indira Swan and Jacque Richardson, who chose to help out at the event to fulfill community service requirements. Anyone wishing to be a part of any of the Smiths Parish Council events should contact them at or via Facebook.”

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  1. Bobby says:

    Oh wow!! Nice, wish I would have known about this, I live in Smith’s Parish but never know anything about stuff like this until it happens or it’s time to vote. People do live outside of Devil’s Hole Area as well that are a part of Smith’s Parish too. Thanks. . See you next year.

    • :) says:

      If you are on Facebook you can like the Smiths Parish council page and they post upcoming events on there.