Local families braved the unseasonable cold Saturday to attend the third annual Hop Into Spring family festival at the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library.
Families were invited to play games, make craft items, dye eggs and get their faces painted at the free event that ran from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
After a slow start that Ashley J. Pickett, childrens librarian and organizer of the event, blamed on the snow and wind, attendance began to pick up. At 11:20 a.m., 142 people had shown up, and Ms. Pickett said she expected the total attendance to reach up to 270 or 280, the number of people who attended the event last year.
Its a great thing to do on a Saturday afternoon, Joseph D. Colello said. A Watertown resident, Mr. Colello was at the library with his son, and while it was not their first time at the library, it was the first year theyve attended the spring festival.
Ms. Pickett said the events were largely the same as last year, aside from the specific crafts and materials, which vary year to year.
One crowd pleaser was egg dyeing, held in the childrens room craft area. Ms. Pickett said the response from the children was great, as many of them had never dyed eggs before.
Its great, she said. They have so much fun.
For Gina M. and Nicholas A. Rothwells 3-year-old son, Simon, egg dyeing was the main attraction. Like Mr. Colellos family, this year was the first time the Watertown family attended the spring event, although they attended the Appleumpkin Fall Festival in October. At that event, painting pumpkins was the main draw, Ms. Pickett said.
The biggest event for the library is still upcoming, however, she said. The librarys summer reading program, which begins with a kickoff party on July 2, consists of events held Monday through Thursday for six weeks until a closing pizza party on Aug. 8.
The library expects more than 1,000 people to register in total for the children, teen and adult summer programs.