Abundance of Easter events on tap planned in Ocean City, area townsActivities planned in Ocean City, Berlin, Snow Hill and Pocomoke this weekend
(April 14, 2017) There are plenty of Easter festivities for the entire family to enjoy this weekend in Ocean City and the surrounding areas, from egg hunts and games for children to sunrise services.
Here are a few of the events taking place:
• Celebrate Good Friday with a Cross Walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk, Friday, April 14, at noon.
Participants should meet at the Son’Spot on Worcester Street and walk along the Boardwalk to Fourth Street. The group will carry a cross, sing songs and hymns and stop periodically for brief devotions on the cross.
“Every couple of blocks, we will stop and the pastors do a devotional on what the cross means,” said Pastor Sean Davis. “It’s a nice event and everyone is welcome to come.”
The Ocean City Christian Ministers Association hosts the Cross Walk and it will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 410-289-6573.
• Ocean City’s 18th annual Easter Art, Craft and Kids Fun Fair returns Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, with more than 15 Easter egg hunts, musical chairs, hula hoop and limbo contests, in addition to other activities at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street.
The fun begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. both days with Beanie the Easter Bunny kicking off the festivities each morning. There will be jelly bean guessing contests, coloring tables, egg spoon races, fastest dresser relays, balloon games and appearances by Sponge Bob.
On both days, John Donaldson will perform Magic n’ Fun at noon, followed by a 2 p.m. juggling act from Cascading Carlos, who will also be on hand to teach juggling lessons.
For adults, more than 75 vendors will be featured in the art and craft show offering a wide variety of unique gifts and accessories, in addition to door prizes up for grabs.
Admission costs is $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 4-18, and includes most activities. Children ages 3 and under, and members of the military, police or fire department are free with an ID. Seniors (60 and older) pay $3.
There will also be pay-as-you-go activities, including sand art, face painting, hair wraps and painting, temporary tattoos, figurine painting, make-your-own crafts, a duck pond, photos with the Easter bunny, moon bounces, an obstacle course, swings, a rock climbing wall and a shark slide.
Visit www.oceanpromotions.info for a full list of events and times, and participating vendors.
• All aboard the Hippity Hoppity Hayride with the Easter Bunny on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Boardwalk. The horse-drawn hayride leaves from the inlet lot near Thrasher’s fries and travels around the pier to North Division Street and back. The cost is $10 per person and children 3 and under ride free.
For more information or to make reservations, call 443-783-1409.
• Ocean City Recreation and Parks and the Worcester County Health Department are sponsoring a free one-mile “Every Bunny Walk” at Northside Park on Saturday, April 15.
Registration will take place at 10:30 a.m. before the walk starts a half hour later led by the Easter Bunny.
After the walk, participants are encouraged to check out vendors providing health information including the Worcester County Health Department and Vernon Powell.
Pre-registration is encouraged for the “Every Bunny Walk.” For more information or to register, call 410-632-0056 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form.
• Peter Cotton Tail makes his annual visit to Northside Park Saturday, April 15, during Ocean City Recreation and Park’s annual Easter Bunny Fun Shop from 1-3 p.m.
The event on 125th Street is sponsored by the Ocean City Recreation Boosters and includes an egg hunt, arts and crafts, face painting, temporary tattoos, the chance to dye Easter eggs, and nearly a dozen carnival games such as a lollipop tree, pin-the-tail-on-the-bunny, a duck pond, Easter egg ring toss, bean-in-a-basket, a jelly bean guessing contest and bunny darts.
In addition, refreshments, visits from the Easter Bunny and songs from “Once on This Island, Jr.” performed by The Schoolhouse Theater Arts Traveling Troupe will round out the festivities for children 2-10 years old and their families.
Ocean City residents pay $6 and non-residents $8 per child to enter the Fun Shop. Everyone must pre-register and space is limited. Register in person at the Northside Park Recreation Complex on 125th Street or online at http://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/recreation-parks/.
For more information, call Ocean City Recreation and Parks at 410-250-0125.
• The Ocean City Christian Ministers Association will host a community Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 16 from 6-7 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 the Atlantic United Methodist Church on the corner of Fourth Street and Baltimore Ave. Call 410-289-6573 for more information.
• The Berlin Chamber of Commerce will host its 22nd annual Spring Celebration on Saturday, April 15, on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A pancake breakfast with Peter Rabbit at Rayne’s Reef restaurant will kick off festivities. There are 8, 8:45, 9:30 or 10:15 a.m. seatings available. A reservation is required and can be made by calling 410-641-4775. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children.
An Easter egg hunt sponsored by On What Grounds commences at 1 p.m. on the corner of Washington and West Streets in addition to free pony rides on Commerce Street from 1-3 p.m.
The Mad Hatter parade will start at 3 p.m. outside of Worcester Youth and Family. There will be games, crafts, face painting, a moon bounce, live music and a Cupcake Walk.
For more information, contact the chamber at 410-641-4775 or email@example.com.
• The Burbage Funeral Home at 208 W. Federal St. in Snow Hill will host an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 15. Children ages 2-8 are welcome to participate in the bring-your-own basket or bag event. There will be prizes and refreshments. For more information, call 410-632-9991.
• Community clergy will have a Good Friday service Friday, April 14, at noon. It will be at Bethany United Methodist Church at 205 Market Street in Pocomoke.
• Salem United Methodist Church will have an Ecumenical Easter sunrise service on the Pocomoke River, Sunday, April 16, starting at 6:20 a.m. on the dock directly behind the church. Pastor Brian Albert will speak and Salem Brass will provide special music during the service. Attendees should bring their own lawn chair. Call 410-957-0991 for more information.