Holiday: Easter

Full gallery »Spring Jubilee, Marco Island, 2014

  • Ava Buis, 6, Lila Buis, 4, Liberty and Raymond Johannes, 5 and 3, show off their hauls. Thousands of kids, parents and grandparents came to Mackle Park Saturday morning for the City of Marco Island's Spring Jubilee, with a massive Easter egg hunt as the finale. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Kids scoop up eggs at maximum speed. Thousands of kids, parents and grandparents came to Mackle Park Saturday morning for the City of Marco Island's Spring Jubilee, with a massive Easter egg hunt as the finale. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dan Moll brings the K of C train around the bed, loaded with kids. Thousands of kids, parents and grandparents came to Mackle Park Saturday morning for the City of Marco Island's Spring Jubilee, with a massive Easter egg hunt as the finale. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mindy Gordon of the Parks and Recreation Dept. welcomes the crowd. Thousands of kids, parents and grandparents came to Mackle Park Saturday morning for the City of Marco Island's Spring Jubilee, with a massive Easter egg hunt as the finale. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Field of dreams - volunteers finish placing the eggs. Thousands of kids, parents and grandparents came to Mackle Park Saturday morning for the City of Marco Island's Spring Jubilee, with a massive Easter egg hunt as the finale. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Liam Wilson, 4, works on his Sno-Cone. Thousands of kids, parents and grandparents came to Mackle Park Saturday morning for the City of Marco Island's Spring Jubilee, with a massive Easter egg hunt as the finale. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

You can’t really “hide” eggs on a soccer field. The pancake-flat, clipped grassy area held no cover for 20,000 brightly colored plastic eggs, waiting for swarms of eager, not to say rapacious, young children to come and scoop them up into buckets, bags and baskets. The Easter egg hunt and, again, “hunt” is the traditional term, but it could perhaps more accurately be termed the Easter egg grab provides the culmination of the massive kiddie party that is the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Spring Jubilee.



Full gallery »Bonita Beach Park Easter Sunday sunrise services

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- Amber Houle participates in an Easter Sunday sunrise church service hosted by Gospel Baptist Church & School on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Bonita Beach Park.
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- A crowd gathers for an Easter Sunday sunrise church service hosted by Gospel Baptist Church & School on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Bonita Beach Park.
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- Nick Carbon, Micah Hood, David Zook and Robert Wiley sing a song at an Easter Sunday sunrise church service hosted by Gospel Baptist Church & School on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Bonita Beach Park.
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- A crowd gathers for an Easter Sunday sunrise church service hosted by Gospel Baptist Church & School on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Bonita Beach Park.
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- Jaylla Gillaspie attends an Easter Sunday sunrise church service hosted by Gospel Baptist Church & School on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Bonita Beach Park.
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- Carol and Jack Richards attends an Easter Sunday sunrise church service hosted by Gospel Babtist Church & School on April 20, 2014, at Bonita Beach Park.


Full gallery »Marco Island Easter sunrise services 2014

  • Rev. Dr. Steve Schoof of Marco Presbyterian Church delivers his sermon. Thousands flocked to the beach behind the Marriott hotel on Marco Island for Easter sunrise service on a breezy Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Soloist Dawn Birch sings 'Because He Lives.' Thousands flocked to the beach behind the Marriott hotel on Marco Island for Easter sunrise service on a breezy Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Peggy Galli shoots a photo of the crowd before the ceremony. Thousands flocked to the beach behind the Marriott hotel on Marco Island for Easter sunrise service on a breezy Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Master of ceremonies Alan Sandlin welcomes the crowd. Thousands flocked to the beach behind the Marriott hotel on Marco Island for Easter sunrise service on a breezy Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • John Stein plays a prelude. Thousands flocked to the beach behind the Marriott hotel on Marco Island for Easter sunrise service on a breezy Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News
  • Linda Flores makes a hot beverage delivery. Thousands flocked to the beach behind the Marriott hotel on Marco Island for Easter sunrise service on a breezy Sunday morning. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News


Full gallery »2014 Easter – Sunrise Service at the Naples Pier

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Barrie Conley, right, laughs with the crowd as the pastor jokes about certain denominations waking up earlier than others April 20, 2014 at the Naples Pier. Hundreds came out to hear First United Methodist Church's Rev. Doug Pareti give an Easter Day sermon entitled 'I Believe' during an annual sunrise service. Hundreds attended, of many different Christian denominations, to honor their risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Easter is the celebration of Jesus overcoming physical death, resurrection, ascending into heaven, after laying three days in a tomb.
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Patrons listen in Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the Naples Pier. Hundreds came out to hear First United Methodist Church's Rev. Doug Pareti give an Easter Day sermon entitled 'I Believe' during an annual sunrise service. Hundreds attended, of many different Christian denominations, to honor their risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Easter is the celebration of Jesus overcoming physical death, resurrection, ascending into heaven, after laying three days in a tomb.
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Linda Jackson prays, center left, along with husband Roger, left, April 20, 2014 at the Naples Pier. Hundreds came out to hear First United Methodist Church's Rev. Doug Pareti give an Easter Day sermon entitled 'I Believe' during an annual sunrise service. Hundreds attended, of many different Christian denominations, to honor their risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Easter is the celebration of Jesus overcoming physical death, resurrection, ascending into heaven, after laying three days in a tomb.
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Jim Best displays his faith on a t-shirt April 20, 2014 at the Naples Pier. Hundreds came out to hear First United Methodist Church's Rev. Doug Pareti give an Easter Day sermon entitled 'I Believe' during an annual sunrise service. Hundreds attended, of many different Christian denominations, to honor their risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Easter is the celebration of Jesus overcoming physical death, resurrection, ascending into heaven, after laying three days in a tomb.
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Jack Kunkel sheds tears over the loss of his wife, Marilyn, 4 years ago Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the Naples Pier. Hundreds came out to hear First United Methodist Church's Rev. Doug Pareti give an Easter Day sermon entitled 'I Believe' during an annual sunrise service. Hundreds attended, of many different Christian denominations, to honor their risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Easter is the celebration of Jesus overcoming physical death, resurrection, ascending into heaven, after laying three days in a tomb.
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Patrons begin their walk down the boardwalk April 20, 2014 at the Naples Pier. Hundreds came out to hear First United Methodist Church's Rev. Doug Pareti give an Easter Day sermon entitled 'I Believe' during an annual sunrise service. Hundreds attended, of many different Christian denominations, to honor their risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Easter is the celebration of Jesus overcoming physical death, resurrection, ascending into heaven, after laying three days in a tomb.


Full gallery »Easter photos from around the world

  • Britain's Prince William, center left, and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, center right, walk past members of the choir following an Easter Sunday service at St. Andrews Cathedral in Sydney, Sunday,  April 20, 2014. The royal couple, along with their son Prince George, are on a 10-day official visit. (AP Photo/Lisa Maree Williams, Pool)
  • A Christian pilgrim prays prior to the Easter Sunday mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Millions of Christians around the world are celebrating Easter, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
  • Bosnian Croat women cracks eggs with their children during the celebration of the Easter in the village of Breske, 150 kms north of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, on Sunday, April 20, 2014. Bosnian Croat and Bosnian Serbs celebrate Easter on a same day.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
  • A Bosnian Serb kisses the cross during the liturgy on Orthodox Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, in the Orthodox Church in Tuzla, 120 kms north of Sarajevo. Bosnian Serbs celebrate Orthodox Easter according to the Julian calendar. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
  • A Bosnian Serb woman kisses a Holy Icon during the liturgy on Orthodox Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, in the Orthodox Church in Banja Luka, 200 kms west of Sarajevo. Bosnian Serbs celebrate Orthodox Easter according to the Julian calendar. (AP Photo/Radivoje Pavicic)
  • Pope Francis greets the faithful after celebrating an Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, April 20, 2014. Cheering and applauding, the crowd tried to catch a glimpse of the pontiff as he circled around in his white popemobile at the end of the ceremony before he went to the central balcony over the basilica to deliver his commentary on the violence and poverty staining the Earth.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)


Full gallery »Egg Hunt at the Naples Botanical Gardens

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1-year-old Dominick carries his basked looking for Easter eggs as his mother, Alicia Mennig. leads him in the annual Egg Hunt at the Naples Botanical Gardens on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.
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Child Garden Assistant's, Frank Roublick, left, and Diana Lombama, place candy filled Easter eggs for kids attending the annual Egg Hunt at the Naples Botanical Gardens on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.
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A participant in the annual Egg Hunt at the Naples Botanical Gardens, carries her basket of candy filled Easter eggs on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.
  • DONN BROWN/SPECIAL TO THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS -  Egg Ashley Calanni, right, take a photo of her children, Talia and Luca, posing with the Easter Bunny at the annual Hunt at the Naples Botanical Gardens on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.
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Noah Wilkinson, 18 months, holds on to his Easter egg while watching other children at the annual Egg Hunt at the Naples Botanical Gardens on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.
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3-year-old, Richard Morillo, picks up special Easter eggs filled with candy at the annual Egg Hunt at the Naples Botanical Gardens on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.


Full gallery »Preschoolers hunt for Easter eggs at Bonita Springs' The Terraces

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Bethany Bradford searches for treat-filled Easter eggs during a Growing Room Child Development Centers field trip to the The Terraces at Bonita Springs retirement community on April 16, 2014.
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The Terraces at Bonita Springs resident Dorothy Guigon sits in an Easter bunny costume while waiting to take photos with four and five-year-olds from Growing Room child care at the retirement community on April 16, 2014.
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Adraina(CQ) Gruner, 5, looks up at the Easter bunny after receiving a treat-filled egg during a Growing Room Child Development Centers field trip to the The Terraces at Bonita Springs retirement home on April 16, 2014.
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Before setting out to hunt for Easter eggs, Angelique Castro and McKenzi Forest speak with the Easter bunny during a Growing Room Child Development Centers field trip to the The Terraces at Bonita Springs retirement community on April 16, 2014.
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Growing Room Child Development Centers preschoolers line up to pose for a group photo with the Easter bunny before an egg hunt at The Terraces at Bonita Springs retirement community on April 16, 2014.
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Ray Ryan speaks with preschoolers from the Growing Room child care center following an Easter egg hunt set up by The Terraces at Bonita Springs residents at the retirement community on April 16, 2016.


Full gallery »Sheila's Out Shopping: Easter eggs

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 Extra-large, hollow, painted, chocolate egg from Norman Love
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 Norman Love Confections filled Easter chocolates
  • Norman Love Confections’ Easter chocolates
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 Three painted chocolate, medium Easter eggs from Norman Love Confections
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 Three painted chocolate, medium Easter eggs from Norman Love Confections
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 Painted hollow chocolate egg from Norman Love Confections


Full gallery »Your Photos: Easter 2013

  • My Bunny Boy Max. Submitted by naplesnews.com user NaplesMarika
  • A real butterfly lands on dress with flowers on it. This photo was taken at Longshore Lake's Easter Egg Hunt and Butterfly Release. Submitted by naplesnews.com user jewel
  • Family fun at Longshore Lake's Easter Egg Hunt and Butterfly Release. Submitted by naplesnews.com user jewel
  • Having fun at Longshore Lake's Easter Egg Hunt and Butterfly Release. Submitted by naplesnews.com user jewel
  • Meeting the Easter bunny at Longshore Lake's Easter Egg Hunt and Butterfly Release. Submitted by naplesnews.com user jewel
  • Enjoying her decorated butterfly cookie at Longshore Lake's Easter Egg Hunt and Butterfly Release. Submitted by naplesnews.com user jewel

Reader-submitted photos from Easter events around Southwest Florida. Share your Easter photos at participate.naplesnews.com.



Full gallery »Easter Sunrise, Marco Island, 2013

  • Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rev. Bruce Fiol, who gave the sermon at the first ceremony, returns for the silver anniversary. Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rev. Bruce Fiol, who gave the sermon at the first ceremony, gets a hug from Debbie Servente after the service. Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The sun rises behind the stage during the ceremony. Marco's Easter sunrise service at the beach turned 25 on Sunday, with thousands of worshippers on a beautiful morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Marco Island has been setting its alarm clocks early on Easter morning for a quarter century. Sunday morning, thousands thronged the beach behind the Madeira condominium and the Marriott hotel for the 25th Anniversary Easter Sunrise Service, trooping down Collier Blvd. in the predawn darkness carrying blankets, beach chairs, and still dozing toddlers. They heard a message of hope and resurrection, mirrored by the sun rising in a beautiful sky behind the stage, with just enough clouds to paint a spectacular display in the east. The principal Easter message, entitled “Would You Believe It?” was delivered by the Rev. Bruce Fiol, who as founding pastor of the Marco Presbyterian Church delivered the sermon on Marco’s first Easter dawn service on the beach, back in 1988.



Full gallery »Spring Jubilee, 2013

  • Grace Kingen, 4, shows off the fruit of her egg hunt, despite her little brother Josh claiming the egg. Thousands of young children, with parents and grandparents in tow, turned out Saturday for Marco's Spring Jubilee at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Adelie Wold knows just how old she is. Thousands of young children, with parents and grandparents in tow, turned out Saturday for Marco's Spring Jubilee at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Kate and Cooper Gottfried get their photo taken with the Easter bunny. Thousands of young children, with parents and grandparents in tow, turned out Saturday for Marco's Spring Jubilee at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • MIA cheerleaders Sarah Reisinger, left, and Brytni Mirarcki show off their wares at their bake sale. Thousands of young children, with parents and grandparents in tow, turned out Saturday for Marco's Spring Jubilee at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Egg hunters line up for the starting signal. Thousands of young children, with parents and grandparents in tow, turned out Saturday for Marco's Spring Jubilee at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Four and five-year-olds scoop up plastic eggs. Thousands of young children, with parents and grandparents in tow, turned out Saturday for Marco's Spring Jubilee at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Both the “egg roll” and the “roll away the stone” aspects of Easter brought thousands of Marco Islanders out for large scale get-togethers over the weekend. The Easter Bunny went to bat first, with the annual Spring Jubilee “eggs-travaganza” held Saturday morning at Mackle Park.



Full gallery »Easter Sunrise Service on Naples Pier 2013

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Lukas Lofgren, left, Margaret Lofgren, center, and Thomas Lofgren, right, are at the Naples Pier for an Easter Sunrise Service led by the First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013.
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Nancy Sprenkel, left, and David Sprenkel, second left, arrive at the Naples Pier for an Easter Sunrise Service led by the First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013. The Sprenkel's identify with the Old German Baptist Brethren Church.
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A crowd gathers on the Naples Pier for an Easter Sunrise Service led  by the First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013.
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Reid Parker kayaks around the Naples Pier during the Easter Sunrise Service led by the First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013.
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Nancy Sprenkel, left, and David Sprenkel, right, review the First United Methodist Church program for the Easter Sunrise Service at the Naples Pier on Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013.The Sprenkel's identify with the Old German Baptist Brethren Church.
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Hannah Lofgren looks back towards the beach on the Naples Pier during a Easter Sunrise Service led by the First United Methodist Church on Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013.


Full gallery »Egg hunt at the Naples Botanical Garden

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Regan O'Donnell, 6, gets a head start when the Easter egg hunt begins at the Naples Botanical Garden on Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013. Multiple egg hunts occurred throughout the day in the Smith Children's Garden. Bumbles and The Honey Bees performed live as the children searched for eggs.
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Bria O'Donnell, 1, participates in an egg hunt at the Naples Botanical Garden on Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013. Multiple egg hunts occurred throughout the day in the Smith Children's Garden. Bumbles and The Honey Bees performed live as the children searched for eggs.
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Nate, Cindy and Alex Oster, left to right, look through the eggs they found during an egg hunt at the Naples Botanical Garden on Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013.
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Children meet and photograph with the Easter bunny at the Naples Botanical Garden on Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013.
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Regan O'Donnell  dances to a live performance by Bumbles and the Honey Bees at the Naples Botanical Garden on Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013.
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An egg is hidden inside the Smith Children's Garden at the Naples Botanical Garden for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013.


Full gallery »Easter Bunny at Coastland Center

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Melody Peters, 2, takes a portrait with the Easter Bunny at the Coastland Center mall on Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013 in Naples, Fla.
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Landyn Lowes, 3, high fives the Easter Bunny at Coastland Center mall on Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013 in Naples, Fla.
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Landyn Lowes, 3, takes a portrait with the Easter Bunny at Coastland Center mall on Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013 in Naples, Fla.
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The Easter Bunny waves to passerby's at Coastland Center mall on Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013 in Naples, Fla.
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Landyn Lowes, 3, takes a portrait with the Easter Bunny at Coastland Center mall on Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013 in Naples, Fla.
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Carla Kass passes her daughter Kiersten Kass to the Easter Bunny for a portrait at the Coastland Center mall on Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013 in Naples, Fla.


Full gallery »Marco Island Easter Sunrise Service 2012

  • Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Christine Favret cuddles Ceci, 5, and Lizzi, 4. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jill Palmeri, 8, has a comfortable perch in her dad Rob's arms. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marv Hollenbeck plays for the throng. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rev. Thomas McCulley delivers a closing message. Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Thousands gathered at the beach behind the Marco Marriott before the sun came up Sunday morning for the 24th annual Easter dawn service.



Full gallery »Mackle Park Easter Egg Hunt 2012

  • The Saturday before Easter, the Easter Bunny got his turn for a big blowout, with families pouring into Mackle Park on Marco Island for the Spring Carnival, featuring an Easter egg hunt with 18,000 eggs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Aidan O'Sullivan offers to share a pack of Smarties. The Saturday before Easter, the Easter Bunny got his turn for a big blowout, with families pouring into Mackle Park on Marco Island for the Spring Carnival, featuring an Easter egg hunt with 18,000 eggs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ella Wilson pauses for a moment from scooping up eggs. The Saturday before Easter, the Easter Bunny got his turn for a big blowout, with families pouring into Mackle Park on Marco Island for the Spring Carnival, featuring an Easter egg hunt with 18,000 eggs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Saturday before Easter, the Easter Bunny got his turn for a big blowout, with families pouring into Mackle Park on Marco Island for the Spring Carnival, featuring an Easter egg hunt with 18,000 eggs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Saturday before Easter, the Easter Bunny got his turn for a big blowout, with families pouring into Mackle Park on Marco Island for the Spring Carnival, featuring an Easter egg hunt with 18,000 eggs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Saturday before Easter, the Easter Bunny got his turn for a big blowout, with families pouring into Mackle Park on Marco Island for the Spring Carnival, featuring an Easter egg hunt with 18,000 eggs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The Saturday before Easter, the Easter Bunny got his turn for a big blowout, with families pouring into Mackle Park on Marco Island for the Spring Carnival, featuring an Easter egg hunt with 18,000 eggs.



Full gallery »Easter at Children's Museum of Naples 2012

  • It was a day for a visit with the Easter Bunny for everyone including staff at CMON on Easter. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • With Spring Break at hand and perhaps with the help of less mild weather, the museum in the last week has opened to mare children than ever since it's opening, a trend which looks to row with the strong interactive and ever changing exhibits and curriculum of the museum. Photo / Darryl A. Wels
  • There were plenty of smiles and greetings for all visitors on the Easter Sunday event day, by the lovely staff at the entryway to the Children's Museum of Naples. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • The art studio of CMON was busy with Easter decorations, and creations as one of the day's activities for the holiday. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • These kids get to do a little fishing and learning the names of different area fish of the Florida waters. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • As expected the kids parents are never far behind when participating in the projects of the museum. Photo / Darryl A. Wells


Full gallery »Reader Photos: Bunnyfest 2012

  • More than 500 residents and members of The Commons Club at The Brooks attended the annual Bunnyfest 2012 on Saturday. Submitted by Jeffrey Shafer
  • More than 500 residents and members of The Commons Club at The Brooks attended the annual Bunnyfest 2012 on Saturday. Submitted by Jeffrey Shafer
  • More than 500 residents and members of The Commons Club at The Brooks attended the annual Bunnyfest 2012 on Saturday. Submitted by Jeffrey Shafer
  • More than 500 residents and members of The Commons Club at The Brooks attended the annual Bunnyfest 2012 on Saturday. Submitted by Jeffrey Shafer
  • More than 500 residents and members of The Commons Club at The Brooks attended the annual Bunnyfest 2012 on Saturday. Submitted by Jeffrey Shafer

More than 500 residents and members of The Commons Club at The Brooks attended the annual Bunnyfest 2012 on Saturday.



Full gallery »Naples Velo Easter Fundraiser Ride 2012

  • April 8, 2012 Naples Velo Easter morning fundraiser ride: Isobel Hitchcock and Pippa Greenberg in the spirit for their ride.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 8, 2012 Naples Velo Easter morning fundraiser ride: 60-80 riders participated in the fundraing ride and to raise public awareness of cyclists' rights to the roads. Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 8, 2012 Naples Velo Easter morning fundraiser ride: Leader Andy Robinson outlines the course and emphasizes the meaning of the morning's ride.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 8, 2012 Naples Velo Easter morning fundraiser ride: Kevin Erndl limbers and suits up for the 65 ride.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 8, 2012 Naples Velo Easter morning fundraiser ride: Colors of the Naples Velo cycling club.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 8, 2012 Naples Velo Easter morning fundraiser ride:  Riders all donated money to help injured cyclist Elaine Jackson.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

In the early Easter morning darkness 60-80 members of the Naples Velo cycling club met up for a 65 mile ride that would raise funds to help cover medical expenses for injured cyclist Elaine Jackson who suffered a severe injury in a motor vehicle collision.  Leader Andy Robinson also emphasized the objective of raising public awareness of cyclists rights to the road too.  The ride which started at 7 am was expected to take 2 1/2-3 hours before meeting back where they would breakfast together and present a signed card to Elaine. 



Full gallery »Naples Easter Sunrise Service 2012

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Pastor Tom Louis gets a hug from Lucille Lambruschi, 66, after she was  baptized in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico following a sunrise worship at Vanderbilt Beach on Easter Sunday April 8, 2012. 'I feel renewed,' said Lambruschi. Over 200 people attended the service hosted by Community Congregational Church.
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Scenes from a sunrise worship at Vanderbilt Beach on Easter Sunday April 8, 2012. Over 200 people attended the service hosted by Pastor Tom Louis and Community Congregational Church. After the service, several people were baptized in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Lola Torres, 11, huddles close with Lola Landers during prayer at a sunrise worship at Vanderbilt Beach on Easter Sunday April 8, 2012. Over 200 people attended the service hosted by Pastor Tom Louis and Community Congregational Church. After the service, several people were baptized in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Scenes from a sunrise worship at Vanderbilt Beach on Easter Sunday April 8, 2012. Over 200 people attended the service hosted by Pastor Tom Louis and Community Congregational Church. After the service, several people were baptized in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Claudia McGuckin, from left, Katie McGuckin, and Mike McGuckin sing togther during a sunrise worship at Vanderbilt Beach on Easter Sunday April 8, 2012. Over 200 people attended the service hosted by Pastor Tom Louis and Community Congregational Church. After the service, several people were baptized in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Scenes from a sunrise worship at Vanderbilt Beach on Easter Sunday April 8, 2012. Over 200 people attended the service hosted by Pastor Tom Louis and Community Congregational Church. After the service, several people were baptized in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Scenes from a sunrise worship at Vanderbilt Beach on Easter Sunday April 8, 2012. Over 200 people attended the service hosted by Pastor Tom Louis and Community Congregational Church. After the service, several people were baptized in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.




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