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Variety of Easter activities planned

(April 18, 2014) From Easter egg hunts to sunrise services, Ocean City and the surrounding area will celebrate Easter with activities for the whole family this weekend.

Here are a few of the events taking place:

OCEAN CITY:

• Everyone is invited to celebrate Good Friday by taking part in a Cross Walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk today, April 18, at noon.

Children search for eggs filled with goodies at Northside Park on 125th Street last year during the Easter Bunny Funshop.

Participants will meet at The Son’Spot on Worcester Street in downtown Ocean City for a short service before walking together along the Boardwalk.

They will carry a cross, sing songs and stop at several points for a brief time of ministry along the way. The walk will end at the Methodist church on Fourth Street, where refreshments will be served.

The Cross Walk, coordinated by the Ocean City Christian Ministers Association, takes place rain or shine. For more information, call 410-289-6573.

• Ocean City’s annual Easter Art & Craft and Kids Fun Fair is back today and tomorrow, April 18-19, with Easter egg hunts, relay races, hula hoop contests and other activities at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street.

Events kick off at 10 a.m. both days, when Beany the Easter Bunny will be on hand to meet the little ones. There will be coloring tables, jellybean guessing contests and appearances by Sponge Bob, to name a few attractions.

At noon both days, John Donaldson will perform Magic ‘n Fun, followed by Cascading Carlos’ juggling act at 2 p.m. For adults, more than 80 vendors will be on site at the art and craft fair.

Admission costs $4 for adults and $3 for students age 4 and up and includes most activities. Kids under age 3 and members of the military, police department or fire company get in free with an ID. Seniors pay $3 at the door.

There will also be pay-as-you-go activities, including sand art, face painting, hair wraps, make-your-own candles, a rock climbing wall and a shark slide.  Visit www.oceanpromotions.info/easter.php for a full list of events and times, and a list of vendors.

The Easter Art & Craft and Kids Fun Fair runs today, Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday during the same hours at the convention center on 40th Street.

• The Easter bunny will visit Northside Park again this year, hiding eggs and entertaining children during the Ocean City Recreation and Park’s annual Easter Bunny Fun Shop tomorrow, April 19, from 1-3 p.m.

Children ages 2-10 will have the chance to take part in an egg hunt, dye Easter eggs, create arts and crafts and play games during the event at the 125th Street park. There will be refreshments, face painting, live entertainment and of course, visits from the Easter bunny. Ocean City residents pay $6 and non-residents pay $8 per child to enter the Fun Shop. Everyone must pre-register, which can be done online at www.oceancitymd.gov or at the Northside Park Recreation Complex. Only the first 225 to sign up will have a spot at the event.

For more information, call Ocean City Recreation and Parks at 410-250-0125. Registrations will not be accepted over the phone.

• The Ocean City Christian Ministers Association will host a community Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 20, at 6 a.m. on the Boardwalk at North Division Street. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Ministers and musicians from several Ocean City churches will participate in the service that combines preaching and singing. Bleachers and chairs will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket.

If it rains, the sunrise service will take place in Holy Savior Church on 17th Street. Call 410-289-6573 for more information.

OCEAN PINES:

• The Ocean Pines Recreation & Parks Department will host its Easter and Spring Celebration Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in White Horse Park.

Emma Riordan, 9, and sister Maura, 10, of Linthicum model their Easter bonnets during the Ocean Pines celebration last year.

Admission is free to the event that features egg hunts, carnival games, a moon bounce, face painting, arts and crafts, visits and photos with Bugsy O’Hare, entertainment by magician Wild Willy Woo Woo and an Easter bonnet parade.

Children up to age 9 can participate in the egg hunts at 11:30 a.m. for children age 2 and under; 12 p.m. for youngsters, ages 3-4; 1 p.m. for kids ages 5-6; and 1:30 p.m. for children ages 7-9. The Easter bonnet parade and contest, open to children up to age 10, starts at 12:30 p.m.

There will be hot dogs, snacks and drinks for sale. Photos with the Easter bunny will be available for purchase. The Ocean Pines Farmers Market will also hold extended hours until 2 p.m. as part of the Easter celebration.

The Recreation and Parks Department is still accepting candy donations for the event. For more information or to volunteer at the Easter and Spring Celebration, contact Teresa Travatello at 410-641-7717, ext. 3006, or ttravatello@oceanpines.org.

BERLIN:

• The Town of Berlin will ring in spring with it’s annual Spring Celebration, a family-friendly event complete with workshops, face painting, rides, food and craft vendors, games, a bounce house and a cupcake-eating contest, among other activities, on Saturday, April 19.

The day begins with breakfast with the Easter bunny at 8, 9 or 10 a.m. at Rayne’s Reef Restaurant. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 410-641-4775. The meal costs $8 for adults and $6 for children.

At 10:30 a.m., children ages 2-11 will meet in Stephen Decatur Park for an Easter egg hunt. Then, starting at 3 p.m., the Grand Finale Easter Bonnet and Mad Hatter Parade makes it way through the town. There will be prizes for the best hats and bonnets for children and adults.

Visit www. berlinchamber.org-/events/spring-celebration to register for the parade and see the prize categories. Children may also register the day of the event at the Berlin Chamber of Commerce tent from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New this year, UpTown’s Antiques will host its Antiques Roadshow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 13 S. Main Street in downtown Berlin.

Anyone can bring antiques in for appraisal during the event for $6 per item or two items for $10. All proceeds will go to Diakonia, which provides food assistance, emergency and transitional housing and other resources to individuals and families in need. Call UpTown Antiques at 410-973-2054 with any questions.

For more information, call the Berlin Chamber of Commerce at 410-641-4775.

SNOW HILL:

• The Burbage Funeral Home at 208 W. Federal St. in Show Hill will host an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19.

Children ages 2-8 are welcome to participate in the bring-your-own basket or bag event.

POCOMOKE:

• The Pocomoke Police Departments and Chamber of Commerce will host the 12th annual Easter egg hunt for children ages 2-10 on Saturday, April 19, at noon in Cypress Park on Front Street.

Children should bring their own basket or bag. There will be refreshments at the event.

• Salem United Methodist Church will host an Easter sunrise service on the Pocomoke River Sunday, April 20, starting at 6:15 a.m. on the dock directly behind the church.

Salem Brass will provide special music during the service. Call 410-957-0991 for more information.

Clara Vaughn, Ocean City Todayhttps://www.oceancity.com/OceanCityToday
Clara discovered journalism as a freelance reporter for her hometown newspaper, the Eastern Shore News, in 2008. She spent her summers reporting from the courtroom to the marsh as a general assignment reporter for the News while finishing her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. In 2011, she earned a Virginia Press Association Award for her health, science and environment writing package. After a stint in press relations, Clara returned to school, earning a Master of Journalism degree from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2012. She traveled overseas and landed as a reporter and copy editor at Ocean City Today in May of 2013.

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