Q: What is The First Annual Greenport Egg Roll? A:It’s a community event, open to everyone on the North Fork.
It’s a traditional Easter Egg Hunt, organized by age group. At 10:30 am it’s for the little ones, ages two to five years old. The next one is at noon, for ages six to ten. The start time is prompt; people should get there a little early.
In addition to the egg hunt we are going to have a visit from Greenport’s seafaring Easter Bunny. Blue Duck Bakery's iconic big blue duck will be handing out tickets to participating children good for a free cookie at their shop across the street. Both the Bunny and Blue Duck will gladly pose for pictures to commemorate the day.
Q: When and where will it be held?
A: Saturday, March 26th--the Saturday right before Easter Sunday--in Mitchell Park, in downtown Greenport. Our beautiful carousel will open at 11 am, shortly after the second hunt.
Mitchell Park; Carousel in background. Photo Credit: Katharine Schroeder.
Children should bring baskets to put the eggs in but we will have bags for anyone who needs one. There’s no charge to participate; everything is provided by the Greenport BID.
Q: What is the Greenport BID?
A: The Greenport BID is an elected board of diverse business owners & renters decided upon by their peers to establish long term growth and management tools for our downtown area where all businesses, residents & visitors can harmoniously enjoy the assets of Greenport Village.
Q: How did you get involved in the event?
A: I’m participating because of my son Noah. (Noah is the eponymous chef of Greenport’s Noah’s restaurant.)
I used to be president of the chamber of commerce in Malverne. In Malverne we’re on the 25th year of holding an egg roll, and it’s always been a great event. So I proposed it to the BID, and they embraced it. It’s a great way for local business to show the community how much we appreciate them and their support.
Q: How did you get here from Malverne?
A: I moved out here full time about 3 years ago. We bought as second home owners in 2001, and in 2002 our Malverne home was burnt down. While it was being rebuilt this became more of home.
Eight years ago my son and his family settled down out here and we decided we really wanted to be around them full time. So I sold my chiropractic practice and we moved. Now I’m pretty much fully retired.
Q: Malverne’s quite different from the North Fork. What’s the North Fork’s biggest charm?
A: I loved Malvern, but I’m a huge, huge gardening person, so to go from a 60’x100’ plot to about an acre was amazing. I’ve got chickens, bees, a greenhouse—I garden all winter, I’m actually taking a class through Cornell to be a permaculture designer. Permaculture is a combination of landscape design and environmental ecology.
Q: Will you be doing more with the BID than the Egg Roll?
A: I’ve really just started getting involved with the BID, I look forward to doing more with them. This was an easy one to get going; the people who were on the committee were really good. We’ll also look at do something at Holiday Time in the December, maybe something over the summer, but that’s yet to be determined.