Put on your mufflers and mittens to greet Spring, because whether Mother Nature cooperates or not, there will be plenty of "Springy" things to do Saturday in Whiting.
Of all the surrounding areas, I think Whiting and the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce celebrate Easter with the most family activities.
The Big Easter Bunny will be seated on his throne, just waiting for you to come and have your picture taken with him, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the chamber office, 1417-119th St.
I've been told that Easter Bunny photos are getting even more popular than those taken on Santa's lap at Christmas time.
And while you're there, take a peek at the Peeps Projects. These are dioramas all created with the popular Easter Peeps you find at the store. Through the years of this contest, there have been Peeps Projects displaying Whiting Park, A Wolf in Peep's Clothing, the B-Peep Refinery, Peep-si, and Peeple Magazine.
One peep artist is a lady who's actually made teeny tiny bloomers and Easter bonnets for her Peeps in a lovely Whiting Park setting. You just never know what Whiting "peeple" will come up with, but I have a strong suspicion that there will be a Peep Francis.
Throughout the day, you'll find the Bunch-o-Bunnies cavorting throughout the downtown shopping area. Bring your camera and take your photo with them.
There's about a dozen of them and they come in all colors including a giant chocolate one. They're fuzzy, friendly and it seems that whether you're 80 or 8, a big bunny hug is just what will make your day.
There's also an Easter Egg Coloring Contest at "eggzactly" 2 p.m. at the corner of 119th Street and New York Avenue. Again, any age can participate and there will be prizes awarded at the end of the session.
Also at 2, make sure you head for 119th Street for the annual Whiting Easter Parade. It's fun for the whole family and feel free to wear your own Easter bonnet, because at the end of the parade, there will be an Easter Bonnet Contest with judging of these spring chapeaus.
We've had everything in the way of bonnets from an oil derrick with tiny Whiting High School football players on it to a fruitful Carmen Miranda bonnet complete with handmade pierogies.
Unlike the eggs you can buy by the dozen, Easter in Whiting is anything but plastic. People with their bonnets or Peep Project entries, as well as the folks in the parade, really go all out with their creativity.
I think that's what I like most about it. People actually take the time to be inventive and get involved. These family activities only started a dozen years ago, but have already become part of our tradition.
So bring out the entire family, because at Easter season, there's always some bunny in Whiting who loves you!