While Easter weekend means something different to everyone, the root of the celebration is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
And like most other holidays, the celebrating has gone well beyond going to church.
Easter has become a holiday of jelly beans and marshmallow chicks, eggs and bunnies. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
So in honor of Easter weekend, I’ve rounded up a list of local events that make the most of the holiday.
The Hat Ladies
While Easter is a time to break out your best suit or dress, the Hat Ladies take dressing up to a whole new level.
Likely one of the fancier celebrations in the tri-county, the Easter Promenade features the group of ladies who love hats taking a stroll downtown to wish everyone a “Hatpy Easter.”
Though this year, they’re shaking things up. Instead of walking, they’ll be riding in carriages provided by the Old Towne Carriage Co.
Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, they’ll travel along the City Market and down surrounding streets (East Bay and King streets), so head out and wave to them as they pass.
Go to www.hatladies.org.
Another Saturday event is the Easter Eggstravaganza at Middleton Place.
Head out to the National Historic Landmark at 4300 Ashley River Road for a day of hunting, dyeing, tossing, rolling and storytelling.
The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. with a hunt for undyed hard-boiled eggs that will be hidden in one of three hunt locations separated by age. Ceramic hand-painted prize eggs also will be hidden, and prizes will be given to each child who finds one.
Afterward, head over to the Plantation Stableyards to dye the eggs found during the hunts and create other crafts.
Later in the day, an egg toss will be held on the Greensward and an egg roll will take place on Middleton Place’s terraces. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance on the Parterre and will be available for photos.
Additionally, children will have the opportunity to play Colonial games such as jacks and hoops on the Greensward.
Around midday, classic stories including “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and “The Country Bunny and The Little Golden Shoes” will be read aloud to families gathered under the shade of magnolia trees.
Eggstravaganza activities end at 2 p.m., but families are invited to enjoy the day’s regular activities all afternoon, including touring the gardens, viewing heritage breed livestock, visiting the artisan craft shops or touring the House Museum.
There is no additional charge for Easter Eggstravaganza activities beyond general admission ($28 for adults, $15 for students, $10 for kids 6-13, free for children 5 and under).
Go to www.MiddletonPlace.org.
Magnolia’s egg hunt
Yet another event on Saturday is Magnolia Plantation and Gardens’ Easter Egg Hunt.
Children will be divided into three age groups for the 30-minute hunts on the great lawn. The first group, ages 2-5, will start at 11 a.m. The hunt for ages 6-7 will start at noon. And children 8-10 will get their chance to find a prize at 1 p.m.
And don’t worry, children under 2 are not excluded. They’ll be able to look for eggs stuffed with prizes in a special area on the side lawn adjacent to the house.
Prizes will include a nature train ride for up to five, nature boat ride for up to five, annual family membership, birthday party for up to 30 children and chocolate Easter bunnies.
The Easter Egg Hunt is free with garden admission ($15 for adults, $10 for kids 6-12, kids 5 and under get in for free) and for families with annual memberships.
Magnolia Plantation is at 3550 Ashley River Road. Go to www.magnoliaplantation.com.
Freshfields Village at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands will offer a full weekend of events, though Friday’s event is not Easter-related.
From 6-9 p.m. Friday, they continue their free Spring Concert Series on the Village Green with the Local Motion Party Band, which will perform music ranging from beach to Motown, R&B, dance and popular music from the ’60s to today.
From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, take part in the family-friendly Easter Festival.
With activities including a jump castle, inflatable slide, face-painting, crafts, interactive performer and a visit from the Easter Bunny, the kids will be more than entertained.
Also part of the fun, art from the Kiawah and Seabrook artist guilds and boats from Barrier Island Marine, Butler Marine of Charleston, Hall Marine Charleston and Longshore Boats will be on display.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, a nondenominational Easter service will be held outside on the Village Green. The Cavalry of the Sea Islands Church will lead the service, and those planning on attending are asked to bring a chair or blanket.
Go to freshfieldsvillage.com.
Isle of Palms Egg Hunt
At 10 a.m. Saturday, the Isle of Palms Recreation Department will hold an Easter egg hunt at its facility at 24 28th Ave.
The event will include a visit from the Easter Bunny, ice cream, pony rides, a face painter and more.