Holy Week activities, Easter egg hunts
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.