I am always looking for things to do with my family, friends and out of town guests. When I tell them where I live, they automatically think boating. But there is so much more to do in the Smith Mountain Lake community. If you have little ones around, you can choose from a number of Easter Egg hunts this weekend. If Sunday brunch is your thing, take a leisurely drive to Mariners Landing Resort and enjoy the famous Easter Sunday Brunch at Heath's Waterfront Grill!
20th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Waid Park in Rocky Mount
This annual event will feature more than 20,000 eggs, as well as photo opportunities with the East Bunny. There will also be door prizes, food and bounce houses. Arrive by 1:30 p.m. to register as the hunt begins promptly at 2:00 p.m.
Easter Extravaganza at the Discovery Center, Smith Mountain Lake State Park
There’s no better place to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather than at Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Gear up for the Easter Bunny with an afternoon of rabbit facts and fun. Bring your own basket and hop on down to the Discovery Center for an Easter Egg hunt. There will be over 1,000 eggs to find! Then you get the chance to meet and take a picture with “Sunny Bunny.” You can also enjoy hands-on crafts, hay wagon rides, and a whole lot more. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 1:15 p.m., fun crafts from 1:30-3:00 p.m. and hay wagon rides from 1:30 -2:30 p.m.
Easter Egg Hunt at Bridgewater Plaza
And there is always the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bridgewater Plaza that takes place at Harbor Town Mini-Golf. Kids ages 5 and under will hunt at 1 p.m. followed by kids ages 6-8 at 1:30 p.m. Be sure to bring your camera to get photos with the Easter Bunny at Harbor Town Mini Golf Course with prizes and candy – rain or shine!
Easter Sunday Brunch at Heath’s Waterfront Grill at Mariners Landing
What a beautiful place to enjoy a delicious Easter Sunday brunch while taking in the gorgeous view of Smith Mountain Lake and the mountains. Heath’s will have a home cooked buffet so you can choose exactly what you want…and don’t forget to have a Mimosa or a Bloody Mary! This is a very popular event, so reservations are strongly encouraged by calling 540-632-0163.
Brunch at Home!
Easter is a time meant to be spent creating memories with friends and loved ones. Even when hosting duties fall on your plate, creating the perfect brunch spread doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Always use quality ingredients and recipes that feature simple preparation to impress even the pickiest of guests.
The recipe you choose doesn’t have to be complicated but look for ones where you can incorporate some diverse ingredients…like a versatile cheese like Jarlsberg, which is easy to cook with. Here is an easy, but impressive recipe for your special day!
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
2 cups Jarlsberg cheese, shredded
1 pound asparagus
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Salt & pepper
Have you ever wondered why Easter falls on a different date every year? I’m sure there are other people at Smith Mountain Lake that wonder why it falls on different weeks and even in different months from year to year. After some research, I finally figured it out!
The date of Easter Sunday is usually the first Sunday after the first Full Moon occurring on or after the March equinox. Easter Sunday celebrates the Christian belief of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. The March equinox coincides with Easter Sunday and holidays that are related to it. The dates of many Christian holidays depend on the Easter date like Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Ascension Day, and Pentecost/Whitsunday.
According to the Bible, Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection occurred around the time of the Jewish Passover, which was celebrated on the first full moon following the vernal equinox. This soon led to Christians celebrating Easter on different dates. Easter is delayed by 1 week if the full moon is on Sunday, which decreases the chances of it falling on the same day as the Jewish Passover.
To a lot of people, Easter represents Easter egg hunts, candy, and chocolate bunnies. Whichever way you choose to celebrate Easter, you no longer have to wonder why the date changes from year to year!
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