BY AUSTIN PAYEUR
TOWN & COUNTRY NEWS
While the Sexsmith Easter Extravaganza last Saturday was cancelled, visitors to Sexsmith can partake in a very different Easter egg hunt this year.
From April 1 to 15, Easter eggs, bunnies, and other pieces of spring-themed art will be filling windows throughout the town of Sexsmith.
This window-art Easter egg hunt started from a post made to the Sexsmith and Area Facebook page on March 27.
Post author Susan Hauser says the idea came from the popular “Hearts in the Window” movement, where families would put hearts in their windows to celebrate Valentine’s Day while practicing social distancing.
“We were thinking of things to do, things we could windows to cheer people up while they’re walking by,” Hauser says. “I took the ideas we’d been talking about and made a poster.”
That poster was soon posted on both the Sexsmith and Area Facebook page as well as the Sexsmith and Wellness Coalition page, and soon the news had spread across town.
Hauser says that the art is a great way for families to get out and about during these times. “We’re hoping people in Sexsmith will walk around and have something to look for, something to count, something to notice,” she says.
“We don’t have anything to notice at the moment - this way you have something new to look at whenever you look out your window or walk down the street.”
Hauser says that kids and adults seem to both be getting into the creative spirit. “My daughter and I painted our window with a big bunny and some eggs. We took a walk, and counted six houses in half of our neighborhood putting up Easter art!”
After wrapping up the Easter art on April 15, the plan is to then start posting teddy bear art in windows from April 16 to 24.
“Stuffies will do just fine instead of art,” says Hauser.
This teddy bear hunt is very similar to a hunt happening in Wembley, with a Wembley & Area Teddy Bear Hunt Facebook page. Families are putting teddy bears in their windows and then sharing their address to an online map to pin teddy bear locations throughout the town. While the Sexsmith bear art plans on finishing on April 24, the Wembley & Area Teddy Bear Hunt will continue into the foreseeable future.
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