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Whiting is the place to be for family fun this Easter season

2012-03-22T00:00:00Z Whiting is the place to be for family fun this Easter seasonBy Gayle Faulkner Kosalko Times Columnist nwitimes.com
March 22, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The birds' chirping is incredibly loud and somewhere on our tiny block there's a woodpecker. . .constantly pecking. We hear him perfectly, but so far can't figure out which tree he is in. After the rhythmic rat-a-tat-tat, I just keep waiting to hear some 1940s chorus sing "It's the Woody Woodpecker song."

Although it seems as if we've skipped spring and moved right into summer, we do need to take time to appreciate the upcoming Easter celebration. And I don't know of any other city that celebrates the Easter season as much as Whiting does, with most activities sponsored by the Whiting/Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce.

You'll want to mark your calendars for the very family-friendly events surrounding the holiday in Whiting. Of course, what would Whiting be in spring without its wonderful pastel pack of Bunch-o-Bunnies that will be bouncing all over 119th Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, March 24 and 31?

Everybody loves them. They just make people of all ages smile, and it's one of my favorite Easter events here in Whiting.

While you can take videos and all kinds of photos out on the street as you're bombarded with bunnies, you need to come to the chamber office to have your official portrait taken with the Easter Bunny for $10. Hours are the same as the Bunch-o-Bunnies, so you can enjoy both in quick "rabbit" succession.

The infinitely sweet Whiting Easter Parade begins at 2 p.m. March 31 at Whiting's Community Center and hops along 119th Street, ending at City Hall. There, the Easter Bonnet Contest will be held. Entrants will be separated by age categories, preschool to kindergarten, grade school, high school and 18 years or older, and there are cash prizes.

Through the years, there have been hats decorated with oil derricks as the centerpiece and little miniature football players. On these headdresses you'll find bloomers of every color, and more likely than not, pierogi of various sizes. It's always fun to see what people come up with off the top of their heads, so to speak, and entries range from the beautiful to bizarre.

Also March 31, from 2 to 3 p.m., an Easter Egg Coloring Contest for all ages will be held at the corner of 119th Street and New York Avenue. For more information, call Dee Young at (219) 659-3228.

You'll also want to stop by the chamber office to see this year's Peeps Projects.

And while you're there, pick up an empty egg carton and shop in all of the stores along 119th Street to find plastic eggs filled with goodies and coupons. When you find all 12, you're automatically entered into a drawing to win a giant Easter basket.

For more information on any of these upcoming events, call the Whiting/Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce at (219) 659-0292.

It's really nice to have so many family Easter events that help make special memories for you and your kids.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. She can be reached at puccini99@aol.com.

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