Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Double H Ranch’s Annual Eggstravaganza

DoubleHRanchEggsThis Sunday Lake Luzerne’s Double H Ranch will be attempting to gesture in spring with its 7th annual Eggstravaganza on April 6.

A day at the Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark may not seem like true spring, but with 5 ft. of snow still covering my yard and the promise of a springtime theme, this may be the closest I get to swimming for awhile, without developing hypothermia.

According to Double H Ranch Development Coordinator T.J. Roode this year’s event is a nice mixture of new and favorite events happening during the morning program. The breakfast kicks off at 9:30 am with activities immediately following. Held at the Great Escape Lodge the schedule includes karate demonstrations, chair massages, cookie decorating, with temporary tattoo and nail decorating stations. Children can search for the Easter Bunny while adults purchasing an “arm’s length” of raffle tickets can win anything from wine baskets to overnight passes to Great Escape.

A local Girl Scout troop will be making masks with children and a magician will roam the halls. After the morning festivities, all participants receive admission to the indoor water park from 11 a.m. to closing.

The Double H Ranch is one of many places that have helped out members of my family and so many others. Originally co-founded by Charles Wood and Paul Newman, the year-round programs from a summer camp to winter adaptive program help support children and families as they deal with life-threatening illnesses. Programs are always free.  The mission is to allow the participants to embrace the Adirondacks while experiencing empowering, fun and memorable programs.

Modeled after Newman’s Connecticut-based “Hole in the Wall Gang” Camp, Double H Ranch opened its doors in 1993 and continues to provide around-the-clock care in pediatric hematology, oncology infectious diseases and critical care. With a staff of pediatric nurses, clinical child psychologist and numerous volunteers, professionals, allowing children to be children through age appropriate activities, constantly monitor the health of the campers.

My family was exhausted after attending the last Eggstravaganza.  It was a beautiful celebration that allowed me the opportunity to learn more about Double H Ranch and its generous support to so many families in need. Of course, my children remember it as the day the Easter Bunny was at the water park.

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Diane Chase

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.




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