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March 31, 2010
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SCENE: Easter extravaganza - from egg hunts to Handel

There are many facets to Easter. For Christians it is a religious holiday in remembrance of events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. For children, it's the arrival of the Easter Bunny, that magical hare who hides real and candy eggs all over the place. For others, it means spring is really here.

A myriad of Easter observances start this Friday and run through Easter Sunday.

The annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at Alpine Bank and BJ Adams and Company Real Estate has been a great hit with Village children for many years. Dressed in their spring best and laden with Easter baskets, local children have loved coming to the Snowmass Center to meet the Easter Bunny and to get a jump on their egg collection.

For fairness sake, the smallest ones under age five will have their hunt inside the bank at 3:45 p.m., while the older ones will search the grounds of the yellow Victorian starting at 4 p.m. Don't forget your basket.

On Saturday, another free event featuring an Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center at 11 a.m. This time the kids will have to get wet in order to get their eggs which will be floating or submerged in the three pools, each for a different age group.

Each pool will have one golden egg on the bottom that will give the finder an age appropriate surprise grand prize.

Now in its third year, this community event brings out over 100 Villagers, mostly children with parents in tow. Even with his busy schedule, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance, but refuses to go swimming. He always forgets his swimsuit.

Those coming to the Underwater Easter Egg Hunt should not forget to bring their suits, a towel and a mesh or plastic bag for the eggs. The event goes on rain, snow, sleet or shine.

Easter Sunday is the big day in Snowmass Village. In the morning, the Snowmass Chapel will offer a special nondenominational Protestant worship service at 9 a.m. featuring a choir and chamber orchestra performing music from Handel's "Messiah," whose libretto comes directly from the Old and New Testaments.

Most people are familiar with the section of "Messiah" that is often performed at Christmas, but actually this oratorio composed by George Handel in 1741 was in three parts which focus on specific events in the life of Jesus. Part one deals with the Advent and birth.

During the Easter Sunday service at the Snowmass Chapel, the choir will sing the "Hallelujah" chorus from the second part of Handel's masterpiece, which chronicles the passion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and then evangelization by the apostles.

"Worthy is the Lamb that was Slain" is the selection from the third section of "Messiah" which deals with the Book of Revelation.

To add authenticity to this musical event and allow the listener to hear what it might have sounded like when it was first played in 1742, Charlotte McLain will accompany the choir and chamber orchestra on her harpsichord which is a replica from the time of Handel.

A retired music professor, McLain is now a music librarian in Basalt.

Wendy Larson will be conductor and Paul Dankers, music director of the Chapel, helped to arrange the whole event.

Senior Chaplain Robert de Wetter, who suffered a bad broken leg a month ago will be on hand to give the sermon.

After the church service, there will be yet more chances for children to hunt for Easter eggs. The Viceroy has opened their Easter celebration to the public. It starts with activities around the pool at 10:30 a.m. followed by an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m.

For those whose baskets are not yet full, the Aspen Historical Society's Traditional Easter Egg Hunt gets under way at noon, but is only for children eight and younger.

For religious observers, Easter Sunday means the end of Lent fasting, which is why a huge Sunday brunch is so popular with many families. New this year is an Easter Sunday Brunch in the Viceroy's Eight K restaurant from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The cost is $65 per adult, $25 per child.

So whether your tastes run from hunting eggs to listening to Handel, Easter in Snowmass Village runs the gamut.


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The Aspen Times Updated Mar 31, 2010 12:13PM Published Mar 31, 2010 12:00PM Copyright 2010 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.