Easter egg hunts, worship services abound
This Easter weekend, kids can stay busy hunting for Easter eggs, and families have the choice of a wide variety of religious services.The Aspen Historical Society’s traditional Easter egg hunt is at noon Sunday on the Wheeler/Stallard House Museum grounds, at the corner of Sixth and Bleeker streets. The egg hunt is appropriate for children up to age 8. Approximately 1,500 eggs will be hidden around the yard and gardens, many filled with toys or candy. Peter Rabbit will make a visit during the festivities. The Frilly Bonnet Award will also make its debut. Adults who want to participate in this contest should wear Easter bonnets. Criteria for bonnet judging includes volume of frills, level of “frilly” imagination and most “bonnety” bonnet.Today, Aspen High School students and residents of the Pitkin County Senior Center are getting together to help decorate and color eggs for the hunt. Anyone who would like to help can call the senior center at 920-5432 or the historical society at 925-3721. The gathering is from 1-3:30 p.m. at the senior center.The Snowmass Club is having its 25th anniversary Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday for kids of all ages. The Easter Bunny will arrive on a fire truck at 11 a.m. The Carbondale Recreation Department is having an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sopris Park for kids ages 1-8. Children should bring baskets to collect eggs. Ironbridge golf club is also having an Easter egg hunt at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, with magic, music and entertainment from noon to 2 p.m.In terms of religious services, the popular Aspen Mountain Easter Sunrise Service will be at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, with the Silver Queen Gondola opening at 7 a.m., and breakfast at the Sundeck before and after the service. Gregg Anderson and Cynthia Bourgeault will lead the service, which will feature local musicians John Sommers, J.D. Martin, Bo and Vicki Hale, Ellen Stapenhorst and Mack Bailey of the Limeliters. Bring warm clothes and a blanket to sit on. Season ski passes and day lift tickets will be honored; a foot pass is $15 for adults and $8 for children and seniors.The Aspen Chapel’s traditional Easter service is at 10:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, and features the chapel choir, led by organist Susan Nicholson. Gregg Anderson and Joan Lewis will lead this service, which is followed by a reception.St. Mary Catholic Church is having a Good Friday service at 3 p.m. today, and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. A Holy Saturday service (Easter Vigil) will be at 8 p.m. Saturday. Mass will be at 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Easter Sunday.Christ Episcopal Church of Aspen, located at 536 W. North St., has a Good Friday service at noon today, Easter Eve service on at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Easter Sunday services at 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m.Messiah Lutheran Church has a Good Friday service at 7 tonight, and an Easter Sunday service at 9:30 p.m.Aspen Community Church hosts drop-in, self-serve communion from noon to 4 p.m. today, Good Friday. On Easter Sunday, the church is offering breakfast in Fellowship Hall from 9-10:30 a.m., an Easter worship celebration at 10:30 a.m. and a kids Easter egg hunt at 11:45 a.m. Aspen Community Church is at 200 E. Bleeker St.The Snowmass Chapel hosts a Protestant Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. Sunday, slopeside outside the Silvertree Hotel, or in the El Dorado Room at the Silvertree Hotel. Another Easter service will be at the chapel at 9 a.m. Catholic Easter Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Sunday.Carbondale Community United Methodist Church is leading an ecumenical, bicultural walk today to observe the Stations of the Cross. The walk starts at noon at the Catholic church at the top of White Hill in Carbondale. There will also be a Tenebrae service with special choir participation at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday service is at 10:15 a.m., with the United Methodist Women providing a pancake breakfast beginning at 8 a.m., for a voluntary offering. For reservations, call Erin Thomas at 704-0774. The church is at 385 S. Second St. in Carbondale.
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