Holy Week ac­tiv­i­ties, Easter egg hunts

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By TRACY ALLERTON

Palm Beach churches are gear­ing up to cel­e­brate the most sig­nif­i­cant time of year for Chris­tians: Holy Week. Here is a run­down of the big­gest events and ob­ser­vances in ad­vance of Easter Sun­day, start­ing to­day.

Maundy Thurs­day:

Lamb stew sup­per — The Epis­co­pal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea’s ser­vice will be pre­ceded by a Mid­dle East­ern din­ner of spring lamb stew and veg­eta­bles, salad and pita bread with feta cheese, olives and grapes, and tea and wa­ter. Mac-and-cheese also is avail­able. Din­ner be­gins at 6:30 p.m.; ser­vice be­gins at 7:30. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for chil­dren. The church is at 141 S. County Road. To RSVP, call Ayana Pineiro at 655-4554 or email rsvp@bbts.org.

Last Sup­per re-en­act­ment — A Com­mu­nion and drama­ti­za­tion for Holy Week will be­gin at 7 p.m. at Royal Poin­ciana Chapel. Against a back­drop of DaVinci’s mas­ter­piece mu­ral, Christ’s Last Sup­per will be per­formed by cos­tumed con­gre­gants, with mu­sic pro­vided by harpists and chorale soloists. The chapel is at 60 Co­coanut Row. Call 655-4212 or go to roy­alpoin­cianachapel. org.

Good Fri­day:

Royal Poin­ciana Chapel’s chorale and cham­ber mu­si­cians will present Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ dur­ing the ser­vice that be­gins at noon. The chapel is at 60 Co­coanut Row. Call 655-4212 or go to roy­alpoin­cianachapel. org.

St. Ed­ward Catholic Church will have a Sta­tions of the Cross ser­vice at noon, and a solemn cel­e­bra­tion of the Pas­sion of the Lord at 1:30 p.m. The church is at 144 N. County Road. Call 832-0400 or visit sted­wardpb.com.

Easter egg hunts:

Bethesda-by-the-Sea’s an­nual event will take place dur­ing its Spring Car­ni­val, which runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day. The car­ni­val will in­clude bounce houses, games, snacks, prizes and egg hunts (2 and younger, 11 a.m.; ages 3-4, 11:30; ages 5-7, noon; ages 8-10, 12:30 p.m.) Ad­mis­sion is $5 per child ($20 max­i­mum per fam­ily). The church is at 141 S. County Road. Call 655-4554 or go to bbts.org.

Royal Poin­ciana Chapel’s Chil­dren’s Egg Ex­trav­a­ganza will take place on the great lawn fol­low­ing the 11 a.m. Easter Sun­day ser­vice. The chapel is at 60 Co­coanut Row. Call 6554212 or go to roy­alpoin­cianachapel.org.

Royal Poin­ciana Plaza’s first event will start in the east court­yard at 11 a.m. Satur­day for ages 5 and un­der, and the egg hunt for ages 5 and up starts in the west court­yard at 11:15 a.m. Easter bas­kets will be pro­vided, as well as com­pli­men­tary pho­tos with the plaza’s stylish Easter bun­nies. In ad­di­tion to treats and sweets, Sant Am­broeus is giv­ing out gelato. Call 440-5441 or visit theroy­alpoin­cianaplaza.com

The Fla­gler Mu­seum grounds will set the stage Satur­day for more than 8,000 eggs, sec­tioned into age-ap­pro­pri­ate ar­eas. Gates open at 9 a.m., with Easter-themed crafts, face paint­ing, games and pho­tos with the Easter Bunny. The hunt will be­gin at 10 a.m.; chil­dren are en­cour­aged to bring their own bas­kets. Ad­mis­sion is free for sus­tain­ing mem­bers, $18 for adults, $15 for chil­dren. The mu­seum is at 1 White­hall Way. For tick­ets, call 655-2833 or visit fla­gler­mu­seum.com. (Note: This event is spon­sored by the Palm Beach Daily News.)

The Palm Beach Recre­ation Depart­ment’s an­nual Spring Cel­e­bra­tion will fea­ture an egg hunt at 10 a.m. Satur­day at the Recre­ation Cen­ter. Chil­dren will break into four age groups (2 and younger, 3-4, 5-7, and 8-11) and scram­ble for golden tick­ets hid­den in­side candy-filled eggs scat­tered about the ath­letic field and au­di­to­rium. The event will fea­ture prizes, re­fresh­ments, face paint­ing and pho­tos with the Easter Bunny. Bring your bas­kets and cam­eras to the rec cen­ter, 340 Seav­iew Ave. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 836-5485.

Ann Nor­ton Sculp­ture Gar­dens will host a gi­gan­tic hunt bro­ken into three age groups (3 and younger, 4-6 and 7-10) at 10:15 a.m. Satur­day, with brightly col­ored eggs hid­den among the 2 acres of gar­dens, plants and sculp­tures (bring your own bas­kets). Af­ter the hunt, there will be re­fresh­ments and a photo op with the Easter Bunny.

The gar­dens are at 253 Barcelona Road in West Palm Beach. Ad­mis­sion is free for mem­bers and chil­dren un­der 5, $15 for adults, $10 for se­niors, $7 for stu­dents. Reser­va­tions are re­quired; call 832-5328.

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