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At her store Twenty-Two, Owner MaryAnn Pietromonaco-Belzak hands out "bunny trail" sheets listing participating businesses on Saturday's Eggs-Acta hunt.

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Harry Barse, owner of Harry's Potter, provides Jayla Smallwood with bunny ears.

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Customers pile in the door of Harry's Pottery and answer questions before receiving their bunny ears during Saturday's Eggs-Acta event.


Locals hop from shop to shop during first-ever Eggs-Acta

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Updated: 9:46 AM


C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- On Saturday, over 70 locals hopped, walked and drove from village business to business during the first-ever Eggs-Acta, an event that married Easter fun with a tour highlighting Canajoharie's downtown merchants.

The event, planned by MaryAnn Pietromonaco-Belzak of Twenty-Two; Marcia Jaque, of Gino's, and Harry Barse, of Harry's Pottery, was created with the dual purpose of bringing a major Easter event to the village while offering exposure to local businesses.

Each business wishing to participate provided a stop on the tour, which began at Twenty-Two, where attendees picked up a "bunny trail" list, outlining the order of stops. 

First, participants visited Harry's Pottery, where after answering a few simple questions about Easter, Owner Harry Barse provided each attendee with a set of bunny ears and some candy.

At each following spot, eggs with candy were provided, and at the midway point -- a second stop at Twenty-Two -- participants were given a trinket box. At the final stop, Gino's, attendees earned their bunny tail for completing the journey.

Of the event's planners, who started organizing and signing up businesses back in February, Pietromonaco-Belzak said, "We want to have events where people visit downtown stores. These people may have never entered any of those stores before," and now potential customers have been familiarized not only with the products in each location, but with business owners as well.

She continued, "And for businesses, it's a way for them to give back to their customers. We need to boost commerce here, and that's really why we get together to plan these events. We need more stuff for everybody to get involved in. It brings everybody together -- it makes community."

On Tuesday afternoon, Pietromonaco-Belzak expressed excitement over a letter she received from Mayor Francis Avery, who stated of Eggs-Acta, "I heard many positive comments from business owners and the public. We thank you for the work, interest and dedication shown to our village."

Pietromonaco-Belzak, who was previously involved in spearheading a fall festival, cupcake bake-off and other local events, said that the next thing on her schedule is the creation of local volleyball teams, which will likely begin playing sometime in June.

Pietromonaco-Belzak said there are two locations being scouted for the games, although the planning committee is shooting to hold the volleyball tournaments at the Riverfront Park, providing a natural beach-front theme. Once dates and times are set, more information will be released.


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