Grand County celebrates Easter with church services, outdoor activities |

Grand County celebrates Easter with church services, outdoor activities

Local churches are already preparing for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and the celebrations involved with Easter Sunday. There’s also plenty to do for the little ones as the Easter bunny makes several appearances and local volunteers put on Easter egg hunts and related festivities for children of all ages.Events begin tonight, Thursday, with Winter Park Christian Churches’ An Easter Carol drama at 7 p.m. The free play keeps to Charles Dickens’ original Scrooge story, language and time period and includes part of the soundtrack from Mel Gibson’s movie Passion of the Christ. Infant and toddler care is provided. Some scenes may be considered graphic and are not be suited for young children.Our Lady of the Snow Catholic church in Granby is hosting a Mass of the Lord’s Supper, also starting at 7 p.m., for Holy Thursday. Later on in the evening, from 8 to 9:30 p.m., The Granby Recreation Department is putting on a Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt in Granby’s new soccer facility. Youth in sixth grade and up are invited to join in the free event, which also includes a bonfire, hot dogs, music by a DJ and prizes.Good FridayFriday’s festivities begin with several activities for area youth, including an Easter party 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Granby Community Building with the Granby Recreation Department. The event includes egg decorating, crafts, and a small egg hunt (there is a cost). The Grand Lake Fire Protection District is also inviting area children out to have fun and come help dye eggs at a free egg-coloring event that starts at 10 a.m. at the new firehouse.Good Friday worship services are scheduled Friday evening, starting with a soup supper at 6 p.m. at Trinity Church in the Pines, followed by a communion service and candlelight Tenebrae service in the sanctuary. Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church and Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church host their respective Good Friday worship services starting at 7 p.m. There’s also a Good Friday Communion starting at 8 p.m. at Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies’ Whispering Pines Chapel and Winter Park Christian Church hosts its final free performance of its Easter drama An Easter Carol at 7 p.m.Holy SaturdaySaturday is the biggest day for Easter egg hunts around Grand County. The Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an Easter egg hunt for children of all ages up to high-school age starting at 10 a.m. with different sections (for different ages) around the area of Middle Park High School. Plastic eggs will be filled with candy and small prizes. The event also includes an egg decorating contest for the four age categories of children, as well as one for the adults.The Shop & Hop store and Eggers Architecture, Inc. in Kremmling are once again sponsoring their annual Easter egg hunt, also starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Cliffview Assisted Living. Prizes include children’s books, Easter baskets and fishing gear for children.The Grand Lake Fire Protection District is also once again putting on its annual Easter egg hunt in Grand Lake starting at 11 a.m. at the town square. Pancho and Lefty’s and firefighters will have boiled up more than 1,000 eggs to hide around the town park and GLFPD mascot Sparky the Fire Dog will make an appearance during the hunt, which includes three special golden eggs and the lucky kids who find them get a special prize.The Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Easter celebration starting at 11 a.m. at Hideaway Park. The event includes an Easter egg hunt open to all ages and participants have a chance to meet the Easter bunny.To round out the festivities on Saturday, Our Lady of the Snow Catholic church is hosting an Easter vigil mass starting at 8 p.m. in Granby.Easter SundayActivities scheduled for Easter Sunday include several Easter Sunday worship services and more. Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church hosts its Easter sunrise worship service at 7 a.m., and an Easter celebration worship service at 10 a.m. There will be free Easter breakfast in between the two worship services, and an Easter egg hunt for the children following the 10 a.m. worship.The local Catholic churches have also announced the following Easter Sunday worship services: 7 a.m. at St. Bernard of Montjoux Church in Fraser, 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snow Church in Granby, and noon at St. Anne’s Church in Grand Lake.One of the most spectacular of Sunday’s events is Winter Park Resort’s Candy Hunt and Golden Bunny Classic with activities scheduled throughout the day. Winter Park Willie and the Easter Bunny deliver holiday fun with an on-mountain candy hunt in Discovery Park as well as a base-area egg hunt for children under 5. The schedule of events is as follows:8:30 to 11 a.m.: Race registration at Guest Services in the Balcony House.11:45 a.m.: Younger non-skiing “hunters (ages 5 and under) meet the Easter Bunny in the Zephyr Plaza near the Slopeside Mountain Adventure Center, and wait for the candy hunt to begin. All “skiing candy hunters” head to the Porcupine and Bobcat trails in Discovery Park to assemble and wait for Winter Park Willie. Children must have a lift ticket.Noon: The “hunt” begins. Parents may assist younger children to look for candy12:15 to 1:30 p.m.: The untimed fun Bunny Race, which has been an Easter tradition for more than 30 years and is for children ages 10 and under, begins at the top of Lower Parkway trail. Racers may take as many runs as they wish until the course closes at 1:30 p.m. Children must have a valid lift ticket to access race course.There’s also the 2008 Golden Bunny Coloring Contest for ages 1 through 10. Judging takes place Sunday with prizes for first, second and third places in each age category.Meanwhile, Snow Mountain Ranch-YMCA of the Rockies’ Whispering Pines Chapel is hosting an Easter Sunday service at 9:30 a.m.; and Trinity Church in the Pines announces an Easter service at 9:30 a.m.The Fraser Valley Baptist Church presents two free productions of its Easter drama The Mourning After at 9:30 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. at the church. This play is based on the four gospel accounts regarding the resurrection of Jesus in the Bible.Children of all ages are invited out to SolVista Ski Basin to hunt for Easter eggs around its Base Camp Lodge. Around 3,000 plastic eggs filled with prizes will be hidden there or dropped under the Milestone Chairlift 2 to 4 p.m. with Snowball the Snow Tiger. The Little Ones Easter Egg Hunt (for ages 5 and under) takes place in Snow Play Park at 2 p.m., an Egg Drop under the Milestone Chairlift is scheduled at 2:30 p.m.; and an ice cream social and interdenominational church service starts in the dining hall at 3:30 p.m.

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