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Vol. 15 No. 23 - April 1, 2015

opinion

A time to celebrate the season

A passing cold front dealt CityFest a blow Friday evening when temperatures dipped into the 50s and the wind blew and rain fell. But organizers recovered well Saturday morning when the sun came out and warmed the crowd at the Holmes Beach City Hall field.

While the wind took a toll on some of the items vendors were selling, the crowd was out in good numbers to enjoy the music, shop, eat, drink and ogle the custom, antique and exotic vehicles in the LaPensee Car Show.

It was a good time for all and this last shot of cold air might be remembered fondly when we get into the heat of summer.

CityFest is all about living and vacationing on one of the most beautiful Islands around. It's a time to forget disagreements and welcome tourists and snowbirds to enjoy our seasonally mild weather, even when it's not so mild.

And speaking of celebrating, this Saturday, April 4, marks the 29th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Sandbar Restaurant, an event which draws hundreds of children and families to the beach each year in search of those ever-popular, prize-filled plastic eggs.

The fun starts promptly at 9 a.m. on the sand but the Sandbar will be serving refreshments under the pavilion beginning at 8:30, and it's usually wise to get there early and be set to go when the hunt begins, which again is at 9 a.m. sharp.

Following the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny will lead a walk down Pine Avenue to 317 Pine, where several more events geared toward kids and grownups will be held. The Easter Egg roll will begin when everyone has made the walk down Pine and will end by 11 a.m. There also will be a coloring station set up. Then at 10:30, the Easter bonnet contests will be held - one for youngsters and one for adults. First prize for adults is a free stay at one of the Anna Maria guest houses on Pine and the children’s first prize is lunch with four of their friends including ice cream sundaes.

This will be the 13th year that The Sun has been a sponsor of the egg hunt and we're happy to have contributed and been a part of this fun event.

Happy Easter!

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