This week, we're devoting our space to all things Easter. And this being the Holy City, it shouldn't surprise you that there are a number of events going on this weekend.
This family-friendly annual event brings all the things folks love about Easter to one place in a beautiful setting. Open at 9 a.m., events begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on the grounds of Middleton Place.
Attendees can enjoy egg hunts, egg decorating, an Easter Bunny meet-and-greet, story time, crafts and more. There also will be Colonial games, an egg toss and more. A number of animals will be on-site.
There's no additional charge beyond general admission to the plantation, which is $28 for adults, $15 for students, $10 for kids ages 6-13, and free for children 5 and under.
For more information, go to www.MiddletonPlace.org or call 556-6020.
Easter Egg Hunt
Another event on Saturday in yet another beautiful setting will be at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
Starting at 10:30 a.m., the great Easter Egg Hunt will begin.
Eggbert Hopps, Magnolia Plantation and Garden's mascot, will be stuffing thousands of plastic eggs with candy and prizes for the event. Hunts will take place in age group divisions, with kids 2 and under starting at 10:30 a.m., ages 3-5 starting at 11 a.m., ages 6-7 starting at noon and ages 8-10 starting at 1 p.m.
Space is limited and attendees are asked to arrive 30 minutes before hunt time.
Hopps will be on-site from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. posing for pictures.
The hunt is free with admission ($15 for adults, $10 for kids 6-12, free for children under 6).
For more information, go to www.magnoliaplantation.com.
This weekend, Freshfields Village, at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands, will host two free Easter events.
Kick off the holiday weekend on Saturday with a variety of activities for the kids and a visit from the Easter Bunny at the Easter Festival. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., there will be a jump castle, an inflatable obstacle course, a mechanical bull, face painting and crafts. John Cusatis will perform live music throughout the afternoon. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
On Sunday, an outdoor, nondenominational Easter Service will be held on the Village Green, led by Cavalry of the Sea Islands Church. The casual service will begin at 9:30 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair or blanket.
The 20th annual Gospel Fest put on by Project L.O.V.E. will be held on Easter Sunday from 3-8 p.m. at Riverfront Park in North Charleston.
The free event bills itself as the longest-running outdoor gospel music festival of its kind in the Southeast, with an expected attendance of more than 10,000.
This year's festival will feature a mixture of local and regional artists, including Jarrell Smalls, The Sam Dennis Singers, Bishop Brian D. Moore and the Life Center Cathedral, Extreme Praise and Nyki Smalls.
In addition to the variety of Lowcountry foods that will be available, organizers have added a new play area called Kids World. The fun zone will be packed with inflatable jump castles, colossal games and its own stage, which will feature the Amazing Kids with Talent Showcase for ages 5-17.
For more information, go to www.gospelfestcharleston.com.