Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Plenty of Ways to Celebrate Easter

Jennifer Kunselman smiled as she collected her tickets for the Easter Cork Scavenger Hunt. Kunselman said, “We live in Morristown. This was fun and worth the ride. I found 30 corks!” Photo by MB Journe, 03/2024.

Why is Easter on different dates each year? You could say it hops around like the Easter Bunny. Sometimes Easter is in March, other times it’s in April. This year it is March 31. It is always the first Sunday after the full moon that precedes the spring equinox. 

Whether you go to church or gather with family, Easter marks the return of the sun in the northern hemisphere. It marks rejuvenation and hope, the planting of seeds, beautiful spring days and flowers that we are all anticipating.

In addition to plenty of opportunities for little ones to enjoy meeting the Easter Bunny and collecting candy-filled eggs, adults get their own chances for celebration.

For example, Brook Hollow Winery had several adult-themed Easter egg hunts on Sunday, March 24. They hid corks in the vineyard for adults (21+) to find and collect. Prizes were awarded for special-colored corks. Light appetizers were provided along with a candy bar. Brook Hollow also had a free Easter egg hunt for the children, making a great day for the whole family.

Food for hungry egg hunters at Brook Hollow Winery. Photo by MB Journe, 03/2024.

Some proceeds were donated to Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., an organization that helps families whose children serve our country and also to our local food banks.

Brook Hollow’s candy station. Photo by MB Journe, 03/2024.

On March 24, Race Farm had an Easter fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center. Held in their greenhouse, there were refreshments, cookies and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Collection jar for donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Race Farm’s recent Easter event. Photo by MB Journe, 03/2024.

Jordan Race Hoffman and her adorable bunny husband Justin Hoffman enjoyed the smiling faces of adoring children. For more info on this event check out Race Farm’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/957277925911995/?ref=newsfeedIf or donate directly on the St. Jude’s website.

There was lots to do in our area for Easter with three free Easter egg hunts also taking place last Sunday, March 24. Knowlton Township Lions Club had its well-attended Easter egg hunt at Tunnel Field.    

Centenary University in Hackettstown had two egg hunts for children on March 24. There were selfies with the Easter Bunny, activities, games and a food truck by Marley’s Gotham Grill.

If you missed these hunts there is still Tranquility Farms, off Route 517 in Green Township, where they will be having an egg hunt on Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m. and Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m.

Hop on over to their hunt, take photos with the Easter Bunny, enjoy a cow train ride, ice cream and more! There is an option to have a traditional egg hunt or a scavenger egg hunt which makes the kids run around searching for special items on a list in exchange for candy. Please purchase tickets in advance by calling them at (908) 979-0303 for details. 

Four Sisters Winery had an adult egg hunt on Saturday, March 23. But there is still time to get into the fun. They will be having an Easter egg hunt on Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m., and a second hunt starting at 2 p.m. The event includes a formal wine tasting, a tour and a souvenir glass. This hunt is $20 per person. To reserve tickets, call (908) 475-3671.

The First United Methodist Church of Blairstown will be having an Easter flower sale on Saturday, March 30th.

Yelens Choban
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.