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Easter Eggstravaganzas Galore in the High Country as Easter Draws Closer; Several Events for All Ages

Compiled by Paul T. Choate

There are several Easter events in the High Country. File photo by Kathleen McFadden
There are several Easter events in the High Country. File photo by Kathleen McFadden

March 21, 2013. Easter is just around the corner and the High Country offers so many Easter events for both young and old. Many of these events take place prior to Easter Sunday so there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the holiday over the next several days. 

On Saturday, March 23, the Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation Department will again organize the annual Blowing Rock Easter Egg Festival and Hunt beginning at 10 a.m. The event is held at Memorial Park in downtown Blowing Rock and is always a popular event that often sees over 100 children and their parents turn out. 

Also on Saturday, the Downtown Boone Development Association, the Jones House and the Watauga County Public Library will coordinate the annual Easter Eggstravaganza with a full lineup of fun events from 2 to 4 p.m. The Eggstravaganza begins at the library with stories and crafts for children from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Next will be the Easter “Parade” to the Jones House, where children will delight in an hour of egg-searching on the Jones House lawn from 3 to 4 p.m.

In case of bad weather, all activities will take place at the Watauga County Library. A decision will be made by 10 a.m. on the day of the event and will be posted on: joneshousecommunitycenter.org and downtownboonenc.com.

The Boone Mall is getting in on the Easter fun as well. There are several dates where kids and their parents can come get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny courtesy of Appalachian State University’s F-Stop Club. Mall Manager Meredith Golden said this will be the third year the F-Stop Club has offered Easter Photography.

The dates and times for photos with the Easter Buddy are: March 22 (5 to 9 p.m.); March 23 (12 to 8 p.m.); March 24 (12 to 4 p.m.); March 29 (5 to 9 p.m.); and March 30 (12 to 8 p.m.). 

There will also be an Easter Parade Pageant sponsored by Little Miss and Teen Miss North Carolina at the Mall on March 30. Registration starts at 10 a.m. and the pageant begins at 11 a.m. Registration forms are available at the Boone Mall office. More information on the pageant is available by calling Carolyn Marley at 828-295-3880.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone has several events going on leading up to and on Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, March 24, at 7:45, 9 and 11:15 a.m. Childcare is available for the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services. A Good Friday community service will be held on March 29 at 7 a.m. and 12 noon. 

On Saturday, St. Luke’s will hold The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:45 p.m. Then on Easter Sunday, there will be a Festive Holy Eucharist followed by an Easter egg hunt there at the church. 

On Friday, March 29, beginning at 8 p.m., the First Presbyterian Church of Boone will hold their annual Tenebrae Service, told in music and words provided by Pastor Joel Long and the Chancel Choir.

Perhaps one of the largest Easter egg hunts in the area, the Honey Bear Campground will hold their celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. There will be a campground-wide egg hunt with over 1,500 eggs that are hiding both cash and candy prizes. Easter-themed crafts and games will be held throughout the day at no charge and there will also be a rubber duck race beginning at 3 p.m.

The Buckeye Recreation Center in Beech Mountain will hold their annual Easter festivities at 9 a.m. on March 30. Attendees can expect a visit from the Easter Bunny, a bunny petting zoo and — of course — an Easter egg hunt. There will be a light breakfast included in the celebration for a donation of your choice.

FaithBridge United Methodist Church of Blowing Rock will host an Easter Eggstravaganza at Blowing Rock Elementary School from 2 to 3 p.m. on March 30. The event will feature games, a bounce house, face painting, cupcake decorating, Easter-themed songs, Bible stories and two giant egg hunts for kids of all ages. 

The Perkinsville Baptist Church of Boone will hold an Arise Easter Festival from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 30. The event will feature lots of fun, food, games, Easter-themed crafts and a scavenger hunt. 

At the Higher Ground Church of God in Newland, there will be an Easter egg hunt following morning services that will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. 

The High Country Press compilation of Easter events will likely continue to evolve and have new events added. If I left your event off, please let me know by emailing ptchoate@highcountrypress.com or calling 828-264-2262.