Week of April 14-20, 2014
The Easter Bunny is scheduled for several appearances this weekend -- and so are the redbud.
Sunday is the BIG HUNT -- in Berkeley Springs State Park at 1pm for kids 1-10 years old. EB arrives in the fire truck. Sponsored by Sons of the American Legion. On Saturday at 10am, the Easter Egg Hunt is open to the community at Berkeley Baptist Church on Winchester Grade Rd. At 1pm on Saturday, the EB has hustled over to the lodge at Cacapon State Park for a big hunt for 12 and under followed by egg dying (all these eggs you collected) at 3pm. If you come early to Cacapon, there's a meet and greet real bunnies at 9am and decorative egg crafts at 10:45.
Berkeley Springs' many churches are celebrating Easter with a variety of services and there's a Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday at Cacapon State Park from 7-8am.
There's always live music in Berkeley Springs even in the afternoon. On Saturday at 2pm, BlackCat School of Rock and Electric Factory band perform in a free concert at the Star Theatre. Donations support the School of Rock. Even though it's the best concert hall around, the Star Theatre stays true to its main purpose -- showing movies. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm it's "Son of God" this weekend with a special Easter Monday matinee at 2pm.
Redbud weekend takes folks outside to track the colorful tree around the roadsides. You can take a redbud home this weekend by visiting Nature Niche where they will be handing out a free redbud seedling on Friday, Saturday and Sunday while they last. On Saturday, tour Wind Dance Farm from 2 to 4pm, learn about bio-intensive farming and visit the farm's earth education center for youth. At 10am on Sunday, the Potomac Valley Audubon Society and Master Naturalist Mary Youngblood conduct a two-hour "Signs of Spring" hike at Eidolon Nature Preserve.
Easter dinner is a traditional meal and Cacapon State Park delights families with its Easter Buffet on Sunday from noon to 6pm -- there are 5 delicious desserts! Park View Restaurant has a breakfast buffet with dinner starting at 12:30pm. Tari's Cafe is open for Easter Sunday dinner from 11am to 8pm featuring delectable specials from Chef Devin. Panorama is open 11am to 6pm with Easter Brunch served until 2pm. Lot 12 is open for their normal evening hours. Check with other of our fine eateries for their Easter specials -- and sample everything from breakfast all day at Earth Dog Cafe to late night snacks at Mountaineer Sports Bar the rest of the weekend. We do feed our guests well here in Berkeley Springs.
Shopping downtown remains exceptional and now several favorites are in great new locations close to the center of life in Berkeley Springs -- the park and springs. Wilkes St. Wine Shop opens just across from the park in the Portals collection of shops that include Portals itself, the Gypsy Shop and now wine and craft beer with a wine tasting planned for Saturday afternoon from noon to 5pm, all regulators willing.
Be warned all the spas and most of the shops are closed Easter Sunday which means you need to get your shopping, bathing and beautifying done on Saturday. It will be a busy day! An exception is the Ice House Gallery which is open and displaying the annual Quilt Show with more than 100 quilts and hangings by local quilters in the gallery and through other parts of the building. Hours are 11am-5pm. Also open on Easter Sunday is the Farmers Market in the Square from 10am to 2pm.
Better start now checking out the many lodging places to find the perfect one for you. In town there is the Country Inn plus B&Bs and suites while out of town you have the best chance of Easter Bunny viewing at any number of cabins and vacation homes. Check them all out for the one that best meets your desires.
Springs is here and the time is ripe for a visit to Berkeley Springs.