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Easter means many things to different people. While Easter is a religious holiday, it has also become a celebration of family, of togetherness. To some Easter even signifies the onset of spring. Others celebrate Easter with ideas of candy filled baskets, hidden Easter eggs, and chocolate bunnies. In Waynedale, all of these things were fresh in our minds.

Local churches in Waynedale held Easter services on Sunday and many including Trier Ridge Community Church and Avalon Missionary Church held children’s Easter celebrations on Saturday, April 7. Easter lilies made appearances in many churches and homes thanks to local florists in the Waynedale area. Broadview Florist, located on Winchester Road, overflowed with flowers signifying the beginning of spring and the Easter celebration. Among the most popular flowers for this time of year are tulips, hyacinth, chrysanthemums, and of course lilies. Flowers were not the only thing making an appearance for the Easter celebration. Waynedale Bakery ran many specials on delights like hot cross buns, pineapple upside down cakes, and wonderful cookies and cakes decorated with bunnies, eggs, and jelly beans.

Easter is also a time for children to celebrate. Many local organizations had Easter parties for children. In downtown Fort Wayne, the Botanical Conservatory held its annual Easter in the Garden, with Easter crafts, games, face painting, and even a visit from the Easter Bunny, all in the beautiful setting of fragrant spring flowers. In Waynedale, our American Legion Post 241 held its children’s Easter party on Saturday, March 31. Children enjoyed a visit from clowns who made balloon animals and swords and a visit from the Easter Bunny who presented the children with Easter baskets filled with goodies. On Saturday, April 7, the Southwest Conservation Club held its Easter party. The cold and snow did not put a stop to the Easter egg hunt. Children searched the area outside of the conservation club for colorful eggs filled with candies and surprises.

Though the weather outside this Easter did not leave a hint of spring, this Easter was still a time for warmth and celebration for family and friends. From spring flowers and jellybeans, to Easter egg hunts and religious celebrations, the weather did not dampen the spirits in Waynedale this Easter!

The Waynedale News Staff
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