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Vol. 14 No. 26 - April 23, 2014

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An Island Easter

A record turnout for this year's annual Sandbar Easter egg hunt signalled the start of an enjoyable, albeit cool, Easter weekend on the Island that offered something for just about everyone. An estimated 800 people attended the Saturday morning event on the beach behind the restaurant, with the kids being rewarded with the annual dash for eggs full of candy and prizes and parents and onlookers getting some great photo opps. A look around the crowded area at the faces of those in attendance left no doubt that people were having a great time.

Next up was the stroll down Pine Avenue for more entertainment, including an amusing egg roll and other games and activities for the kids, plus an Easter bonnet contest that brought out some very creative entries.

Congratulations to the folks at the Sandbar who organized the festivities - all free, by the way - which brought together families, friends and visitors in fine fashion.

On Easter morning, the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island presented the 50th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Manatee Public Beach. It was a moving service that gave the 800 or so faithful attending a chance to reflect on and rejoice in the true meaning of the holiday. Thanks to the Kiwanis for continuing this wonderful Island tradition.

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