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Familiarize Yourself With Tradition Before Filling That Easter Basket

April 13, 2019 GMT

Many years have passed, but I will always remember my first Easter as a married woman. Boy, did I ever make a memory! It was the day before Easter and as my new husband was headed for work, he reminded me to get the basket blessed at church. That was a tradition in his family, but not mine. He gave me a list of what was needed in the basket, ham, kielbasi, butter, candy, horseradish and colored eggs. I called on my Dad for his assistance. He went up into their attic and brought down the picnic basket. No one specifically said what type of basket, but to me, how could I fit all the food into a little Easter basket? Oh, and did I mention that my husband thought it would be a great idea to make Easter bread? So in between getting the 14-pound ham cooked and in the basket with all the other food, I attempted to make bread. Yeast? ... Sure, I put yeast in the dough mixture and let it rise while we went to the blessing of the baskets at church. My father had to help me carry the basket up the steps and down the isle. It was then I saw all these little baskets with a minimum of Easter goodies in their baskets, with cloths covering them. My basket must have weighed more than 40 pounds, while the other churchgoers baskets weighed maybe five at the most. The priest took us to the side and chuckled at my overflowing picnic basket, with at least five rings of kielbasi and a huge baked ham. Then, as the basket wasn’t bad enough, when we got to my new apartment that was on the second floor, we opened the door to a newer surprise, the bread dough had risen and ran down off the kitchen table, onto the floor, out of the kitchen and down the apartment steps, nearly to the bottom step. It took my Dad and me hours to get the dough off the rug, floor, table and woodwork. My Mother was in the hospital at the time and missed all the commotion, and I can safely say, she was happy to have missed it. So if my story made you smile, all these years later, it was well worth the day back in 1976, that I will never forget. So, during this Holy Week, make a memory and pass it on. Before you make bread, always read the directions. Bumper bunnies in Swoyersville The third annual Swoyersville Mayor Christopher Concert’s “Bumper Bunnies” event will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Tripp Street Softball Field. Get creative ... an Easter hat/bonnet competition will be held at 3. This event is designed to have the feel of a Trunk or Treat. Businesses give out candy or items as the children come down the path to the mayor’s trunk, where they pull an egg and win a prize. Concert is still welcoming donations of candy and prizes, and businesses to participate. If you would like to participate or to donate to this event, call Concert at 570-239-4124. Easter egg hunt On Sunday, April 14, it’s time to get your baskets ready for the Easter egg hunt at Forty Fort Park. Amy Davenport and Friends of the Forty Fort Park invite your children to attend this annual event. The actual egg hunt will be done in four age groups, starting at 2 p.m. Ages 0-3 will begin at 2 p.m.; 4-6 at 2:20 p.m.; 7-9 at 2:40 p.m. and 10-12 at 3 p.m. This year, one space will be used to do each egg hunt. Organizers believe this will provide a more controlled environment. Every child will receive a prize when exiting the egg hunt. Additionally, each child will receive a ticket for a chance to win one of the large prizes. Organizers hope to raffle a new boy’s and girl’s bike for each age group. Along with the egg hunts, there will be a basket raffle, coloring contest, various games and activities to take part in and, of course, a visit from the Easter Bunny. Photos with the Easter Bunny begin at 1 p.m. Artley family photography will be at the event to take professional pictures of children with the Easter Bunny. Cost is $5 per picture. Photos will be printed on the spot. Participants are also welcome to take their own photos if they wish. Palm weaving class The Resurrection of the Lord Polish National Catholic Church, 35 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville, will hold a palm weaving class at noon Sunday, April 14, with a social hour. Public is welcome. Palm Sunday Mass is at 10:30 a.m. For information, call Father Senior Lucian Urbaniak at 570-283-2686. VFW comedy night VFW Post 283, 757 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, will present a comedy night starring Bruce Scott, featuring Scott Hammond and special guest Timmy Mattos, hosted by Dave Savage, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Cost is $10. Tickets are available at the post. The proceeds from this event will go toward the 100th anniversary events planned for the VFW. Line up is subject to change. For information, call the post at 570-714-4509. LCB rules apply. Church flea market The Church of Christ Uniting, 190 S. Sprague Ave, Kingston, will hold its annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Doors open at 9 a.m. Entrance to fellowship hall is located off the parking lot accessible on West Market Street. Homemade haluski will also be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit mission projects. Forty Fort Cemetery cleanup Forty Fort Cemetery annual Earth Day clean up will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the cemetery, 20 River St., Forty Fort. Volunteers should meet at the Agnes memorial. Bring gloves and a rake if possible. All volunteers, including those without gloves or tools, are welcome. Holy Week schedule Bennett Presbyterian Church, 501 Bennett St., Luzerne, announces services for Easter Week: Good Friday, April 19 — communion service at 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday, April 21 — 7:30 a.m., sunrise service; 11 a.m., worship service. The church is handicapped accessible. For information, call 570-288-7361. Barbara Pitcavage writes about the West Side. Contact her at rocko1245@aol.com.