Easter egg hunts, sunrise services, traditional gatherings planned on San Juan Island

Children will be dressed in Easter finery for egg hunts, traditional services and a chance to meet the Easter bunny. - Contributed photos
Children will be dressed in Easter finery for egg hunts, traditional services and a chance to meet the Easter bunny.
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Spring is in the air, and with the days getting lighter and daffodils on the ground, it is time to think about Easter.

There is a host of entertainment and worship options this April, including a twist on an old favorite: The Easter egg hunt.

Island Rec is organizing a free “flashlight Easter egg hunt,” April 3, 8:30-10 p.m. at the Friday Harbor High School track. Teens ages 12 and up are invited to bring a flashlight and a basket for a night of hunting for eggs (there is a treat in every egg) and group games. Contact Rebecca Clarke at 378-4953 for more information.

Susan Risser is organizing the annual Jackson Beach Egg Hunt. Funded by the town fire department, this Friday Harbor tradition will feature 130 dozen eggs, boiled at Mullis Center and dyed at the town fire station. The public is invited to help dye eggs April 1 at 5 p.m. “Take care to wear old clothes though,” Risser warns, after about 20 years of watching children ruin clothing with egg dye.

The egg hunt starts at 1 p.m. on Easter Sunday, at Jackson’s Beach. Get there quick, Risser said, “because the eggs go fast.”

Jackson’s Beach will be cordoned off into four sections which correspond to age groups: 0-3, 4-6, 7-9. 10-12. Prizes will be given to those who find special, plastic eggs hidden with the hard-boiled ones. “But no more than two plastic eggs per child,” said Risser, who wants to ensure that everyone gets a prize.

Although it costs nothing to join the hunt, Risser encourages each participant to donate one can of food for the Food Bank. Prizes for those plastic eggs come from a variety of Friday Harbor vendors, including Friday Harbor Drug, Ositos, and The Toy Box.

Roche Harbor is hosting egg dying and three Easter egg hunts. On April 3, the public can dye eggs on the Roche Harbor Party Barge. The next day, Easter Sunday, brings the arrival of the Easter Bunny at 12:30 p.m. and the egg hunts at 1 p.m.

Children 3 and younger will hunt eggs in the rose garden; ages 4-6 will hunt eggs in the formal garden; ages 7-11 will hunt eggs in the upper half of the yellow brick road. Call 378-2155 for more information.

Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church
will present a Maundy Thursday soup supper on April 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and followed by a celebration of the Last Supper at 6:15 p.m.

There will be traditional hymns and the choir will offer a special anthem. The prayer of confession will include a time to write down confidential thoughts, to be placed on the cross. The church will host a meditative Good Friday service on April 2. There will be a time of healing prayer following the service.

Easter Sunday dawns with the Sunrise Service at the Carter Ranch, 6:30 a.m. This is followed by the Deacon’s Breakfast and worship service at the Presbyterian Church. Communion will be given.

Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Voyage, at 10:30 a.m. For Mass schedule at St. Francis Church, call 378-2910.

Islands Community Church’s traditional Easter Sunday service begins at 10:45 a.m., followed by an Easter egg hunt on the church grounds.

St. David’s Episcopal Church is celebrating Maundy Thursday, April 1, with a foot-washing ceremony, followed by Eucharist at 6 p.m. Good Friday Solemn Liturgy will be observed at 6 p.m.

St. David’s and the Lutheran Church of the San Juans will participate in The Great Vigil of Easter on April 3 and on April 4, Easter Day. Eucharist will be at 8 a.m.; Festival Eucharist will be at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call David Bentley, 378-5360 or visit

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