For those looking to celebrate this coming Easter weekend, Kodiak has a plethora of activities to choose from.
First up is the City of Kodiak’s annual Easter Egg Hunt 9:30 a.m Saturday in Baranof Park.
“This is our fourth annual easter egg hunt,” said Cory Gronn, director of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, which is organizing the event. “We’ll have the Easter Bunny here and over 10,000 eggs.”
“Typically, people we’ll come and meet around the shot put area,” Gronn added.
According to Gronn, the egg hunt will be divided up into four areas, each for a different age group. Gronn said that locals of any age are welcome to join and the event will feature individual egg hunts for 0-3 year olds, 4-6 year olds, 7-9 year olds and 9 year olds and above.
“We do ask that people don’t keep the eggs; we ask them to bring them back,” Gronn said. “And at the end of Easter, if anyone would like to donate eggs, we’ll take any eggs for the following year’s Easter egg hunt.”
While parks and rec staff usually put the event together on their own, this year Walmart partnered with the department to help staff prepare.
“We’d like to thank Walmart this year,” Gronn said. “In years past, we’ve had to stuff all the eggs ourselves; this year Walmart stuffed the eggs for us. That saves us a lot of time.”
Also on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a Ukrainian Egg Decorating workshop is being held at Kodiak Public Library. KPL Director Laurie Madsen is leading the workshop, which will involve learning how to decorate eggs in the traditional Ukrainian Pysanky style.
“They are a tradition that was practiced in Ukraine,” Madsen said. “It’s a celebration of Russian Easter, which is not on Sunday, it’s a week from Sunday.”
Madsen explained that the decoration involves dying eggs different colors in stages, using a “wax resist” technique to create patterns. Madsen compared the technique to that used when dyeing fabrics with a Batik process.
“You draw the wax on the part you want to do white,” Madsen said, “then you’ll dye it your first color, which is often yellow. Then you’ll draw wax on the parts you want to stay yellow and you’ll dye it your second color.”
The result is an egg covered in vibrant patterns, which looks a little like a detailed quilt.
“The normal traditional way of doing it is with raw eggs,” Madsen continued. “I’m hoping to use duck eggs and chicken eggs.”
The workshop is limited to ten people, who must be at least 12 years old. Madsen said six people had already signed up as of Thursday afternoon. The workshop is free.
While most of Kodiak’s churches are holding Easter services on Sunday, some are hosting special festivities. Ocean’s United, 3416 Woodland Drive, has a whole host of activities lined up for the entire weekend.
On Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., the church is putting on an Easter celebration for the whole family, with games for the young and plenty of refreshments.
“We have bouncy castles out in front, we’re going to have about 5,000 eggs laid out for the kids,” Pastor Shannon Panthin said. “The Flilipnio food truck (Lani’s) is going to be there and the Kodiak High School Football team are going to have a table with hotdogs and burgers.”
Panthin said that Holy Grounds coffee shop will also be open and serving coffee throughout the day. Ocean’s United will hold an Easter service on Sunday, starting at 10:30 a.m.
“We have our Easter Service on Sunday. We’re going to have a photo booth and we’ll send those photos free of charge to anybody who is wanting to have their photos taken for Easter,” Panthin said.
Easter Services are also being held by the Community Baptist Church on Sunday, starting with an 8 a.m. sunrise service at Kodiak Baptist Mission Heritage Center, followed by breakfast at the CBC Fellowship Hall, an Easter worship service at 11 a.m. and a children’s Easter egg hunt on the CBC lawn at 12:15 p.m.