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  • Stephen D'Agostino

The Reading Bunny Hop Is Saturday

Early last week, I was talking to someone who told me he has seasonal affective disorder. Looking out the window as it was snowing, he said, he felt somewhat blue because of the weather.

I looked back over my last several columns, and I realize I’ve talked about the weather a lot. March and April have always been my least favorite months. I feel that during this span of 61 days, Mother Nature has her own disorder. Our neighboring states to the south have been experiencing some warm weather and then some cold weather, a bipolar disorder if you will. Normal springs in Vermont have those ups and downs, too, but not so much this year. Mother Nature here, for the most part, is North Polar.

I am putting a lot of stock in May, even counting down the days until it arrives. I know the last few weeks have proven the obvious, that there are no guarantees when it comes to weather. Still, the four Mays that I’ve experienced in Vermont have not failed me. I have no reason to believe this one will.

When you read this, still in April, the Reading Bunny Hop will be just days away. Will Bartley Field be ready—as in snow-free—for the rush of dozens of kids scampering over the field looking for the hundreds of hidden eggs? Or will this fun spring event happen at the Reading Elementary School?

Regardless of where it happens, I can tell you that the Reading Bunny Hop will also feature sack races, an egg toss, and races with eggs and spoons. And, of course, a visit from Peter Cottontail.

The Reading Bunny Hop happens on Saturday, at 10am. Assume it’ll be at Bartley Field. If it’s been moved to the school, someone will be there to let you know. The event is open to toddlers to 6th graders. I hope to see you there!

There wouldn't be a Reading Bunny Hop if there weren't an Easter, which is the next day, April 21. Services will be held at the Old Stone Church at 11:45am. Reverend Christian Huebner will conduct the service, and music will be provided by the Bowen Family.

Two events are happening a week from today, April 25—one tasty, both fun. There first is the Spring Luncheon, which occurs at Town Hall at noon. On the menu are pork roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, and dessert. The cost of lunch is $5.00, which sounds like a deal! If you are interested in attending, please let Tom and Calista Brennan know. You can reach them by phone at 484-0276 or by email at

The second event is something brand new. It’s a Reading Recreation Commission event geared toward adults. After the success of last month’s Game Night, attended and enjoyed by a large number of adults, the Rec Commission decided that volleyball for this crowd would be a fun event. The premiere of adult volleyball happens on Thursday, April 25, at 7pm at the school. For now, it will be bi-weekly, so the next one happens on May 9. If this turns out to be a big event, which the Rec Commission thinks it will, the commission will change it to a weekly event.

Moving forward into May, I want to alert you to two things happening on the first Saturday of the glorious month (the fourth to be exact). The first is the annual tradition of Green Up Day, now in its 49th year.

Start Green Up Day in front of Town Hall between 8am and 9am. There, you’ll be assigned an area to work at. After you have a free cup of coffee and a donut, off you go! Marie Anderson, who is the Reading Green Up Coordinator, reminds you to wear appropriate clothing including gloves, boots, and long pants to avoid ticks.

With that good deed done, you should reward yourself with a Date Night with your husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend.

Yeah, right, you’re saying. Just leave the kids home so they can dress up the dog again in my best work shirt or double-check the results of their past experiment to see how much shaving cream can fit in my work boots. No thanks!

The Reading After School Program understands your concerns and has a solution. It’s called, fittingly, Date Night, though it’s not for you, directly. Instead, the folks from the program will be watching your kids for the evening so that you two can go out sans children and have an enjoyable night. Maybe you’ll go out for a dinner of salmon and not fish sticks. Or perhaps you’ll watch a newly released movie in a theater, instead of watching Frozen for the umpteenth time and wondering if the writers have ever lived in Vermont. Whatever you choose to do without your kids, you’ll know that they’re having just as good a time as you are.

Date Night happens at the Reading Public Library on May 4, from 4pm to 8pm. There will be games, movies, snacks, and pizza for the kids. The cost is $20 per child, and all proceeds benefit the Reading Afterschool Program. For more information or to sign your child(ren) up, contact Jess Seman at or Liza Dionne a

Happy birthday to Jackie von Unwerth (April 20), Cody Bartlett (April 21), Kaitlyn Hall (April 22), Erika Marletta (April 23), and William Shakespeare (April 23). Happy anniversary to Bob and Esther Allen (April 23).

That’s the news from Reading! See you next week!

This column originally appeared in The Vermont Standard on April 18, 2019.

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