St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Telluride celebrates Holy Thursday with a 6 p.m. service on April 5, followed by a traditional Good Friday service on April 6, at 6 p.m. Telluride’s Alpine Chapel also celebrates Good Friday, with a communitywide service at noon. In Nucla, Our Lady of Sorrows provides Good Friday service at 6 p.m. and Easter Sunday service at noon.
In place of its usual 5 p.m. Sunday Mass, St. Pat’s provides two Easter Sunday services, one at 9 a.m. and one at 11 a.m. Call 728-3387 for more information.
In Montrose, start Easter Sunday off early with the 18th Annual Easter Sonrise Service at 6:30 a.m., when the community is invited to gather on the Montrose Pavilion south lawn at sunrise (dress warmly) for a brief, informal service. Pastries and coffee will be provided.
The Spiritual Awareness Center in Montrose is offering an inclusive metaphysical community Easter Service and Passover Dinner at Lions Park (602 N. Nevada, 970/252-0908) at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday. At 2 p.m., Montrose United Methodist Church is hosting a Community Easter Day Dinner at Baldridge Hall (S. Park and First Street). Everyone is welcome. To make a reservation, to volunteer, or for more information, call the church office at 970/249-3716. Also at MUMC, children are invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m.
To prepare for the arrival of the Easter Bunny, the Ouray Elks host an Easter Egg Prep Potluck at the lodge on Friday, starting at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share and help fill 1,100 plastic Easter eggs with candy. The eggs will be distributed on Easter Sunday at the 45th annual Ouray County Easter Egg Hunt in Ridgway’s Hartwell Park at 2 p.m. According to Pettengill, “As many as 200 children take part in this free event. Some lucky youngsters will win a stuffed animal to take home, and we are continuing an old Elks tradition of including several ‘golden eggs’ in each age group. These eggs will each contain a dollar coin. Everyone should have a great time, and the Easter Bunny will be here to talk to the children, which they really love.”
Children up to age 12 will be divided up into four age groups for the hunt, gathering eggs in a designated area. “It takes us about two hours to distribute the eggs, and the children will completely clean out the park in about ten minutes,” Pettengill said. “It’s a tremendous amount of fun for everyone, another example of the kind of traditional, family-oriented community activity that the Elks have been presenting in Ouray County for more than a hundred years.”
In case of bad weather, the hunt will be moved indoors to the Ouray Elks Lodge.
The Easter Bunny will visit Telluride’s Sheridan Opera House on Friday, April 6, from 12-6 p.m. If parents and their children would like to meet the bunny and have a special photo taken with him, go by the Opera House for some treats and a printed photo to take home. Cost is $10 per family.
Regional Lions Clubs are hosting Easter events on Saturday. The Montrose Lions Club Easter egg hunt takes place at Baldridge Park at 9 a.m. Children will be divided into three areas designated for ages 1 to 3, 4 to 6, and 7 to 10. Families are urged to arrive early; the event is free. For more info call John Shoup at 970/240-0395.
The Norwood Lions Club hosts its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday at the Norwood Community Center at 11 a.m. sharp. Bring your own basket.
On Saturday in Telluride, the Ah Haa School for the Arts presents its 4th Annual Easter EGGstravaganza, featuring the Easter Bunny and a variety of crafts from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Activities include egg decorating, chicken cups, bunny envelopes, bunny masks, fun flowers, guess the number of jelly beans in the jar, and more. Cost is $10 per child; children must be accompanied by a parent.
“As Telluride’s community art center, we’re really excited to offer something for the kids to do right before Easter,” says Executive Director Jodi Pounds. “We want the kids to know that the Ah Haa School is a place they can come to have fun and make a mess!”
Up the hill, the Telluride Ski Resort hosts the Easter Bunny and an Easter egg hunt at the base of Village Express (lift 4) in the Mountain Village from 10 a.m. to noon on Easter Sunday, which is also closing day of the ski mountain. Kids of all ages are welcome. Photos will be posted to Facebook.com/telluride.
And for adults (and kids, too), the historic Beaumont Hotel in Ouray is hosting a springtime feast in its Grand Ballroom, consisting of prime rib, leg of lamb, Eggs Benedict, made-to-order omelets, and more. The Easter Sunday Brunch takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meal is $26.99 for adults and $16.99 for ages 12 and under. Reservations are strongly recommended; call 970/325-7000.