Holiday: Easter

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.



Full gallery »Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt 2012

  • Elli Grace Hodges, 4, of Austin, Texas waits for the start of the 18th Annual Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt & Games held at First Baptist Church of Bonita Springs on Saturday, April 7, 2012.
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Over 20,000 eggs was distributed into two fields for different age groups during the 18th Annual Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt & Games held at First Baptist Church of Bonita Springs on Saturday, April 7, 2012.
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Noah Case, 5, of Bonita Springs hunts eggs during the 18th Annual Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt & Games held at First Baptist Church of Bonita Springs on Saturday, April 7, 2012.
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Savannah Ouverson, 5, of Bonita Springs reacts after winning a ring toss game during the 18th Annual Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt & Games held at First Baptist Church of Bonita Springs on Saturday, April 7, 2012.
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Over 20,000 eggs was distributed into two fields for different age groups during the 18th Annual Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt & Games held at First Baptist Church of Bonita Springs on Saturday, April 7, 2012.
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Games and inflatable bounce houses could be enjoyed after over 20,000 eggs were hunted during the 18th Annual Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt & Games held at First Baptist Church of Bonita Springs on Saturday, April 7, 2012.

The 18th Annual Royal Scoop Easter Egg Hunt & Games was held at First Baptist Church of Bonita Springs on Saturday, April 7, 2012.



Full gallery »Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Miromar Outlets 2012

  • Aleksandra McGill taking a picture with the easter bunny at the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event at Miromar Outlets 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7.
  • Aleksandra McGill taking a picture with the easter bunny at the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event at Miromar Outlets 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7.
  • Alexis Frieser attended the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event at Miromar Outlets 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7.
  • Olivia and Alexis Frieser, cousins, attended the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event at Miromar Outlets 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7.
  • Yesenia Villanueva at the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event at Miromar Outlets 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7.
  • Amber Vevang and Katelyn Willis at the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event at Miromar Outlets 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. took place in the Restaurant Piazza at Miromar Outlets. Kids were invited to have breakfast for $5 and meet the Easter bunny. Everyone was invited to take photos with the Easter bunny from 12 to 2 p.m.



Full gallery »Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny 2012

  • April 3, 2012: Pet photo night with Easter Bunny: Tracy Mc Causland & 'Rose' sit for their photo.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 3, 2012: Pet photo night with Easter Bunny: Behind the costume it was Dawne Rhash as the Easter Bunny. Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 3 2012 Pet photo night with Easter Bunny: Annabella Annis, 3 was the final subject of the event. Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 3 2012 Pet photo night with Easter Bunny: Adam & Hanna Millis pose with cat 'Gypsy' and dog 'Pal'. Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 3 2012 Pet photo night with Easter Bunny: 'Gina' & 'Richard Parker take a shot as their roud owners look on. Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • April 3 2012 Pet Photo night with Easter Bunny: Nicholas Rivera, 6 enjoys a dance with the Easter Bunny.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

In what turned out to be a mix of people with their dogs or just the kids alone it was a fun event as the littlest ones imagined being seated for photos with the Easter Bunny.  A great photographic set arranged for the shots to be taken & immediately printed with different package deals for participants over at the Coastland Mall.  The most unusual combo were a brother-sister team sporting both a dog and cat. 



Full gallery »St. Agnes Catholic Church Easter Mass

  • Members of the congregation of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Golden Gate Estates hold a candle light mass  on Saturday night. The Catholic Church recently embarked on a campaign to re-energize worshippers to return to the church. Attendance for the sunrise Easter service at St. Agnes rose from 1,500 people last year to 1,800 people this year. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Members of the congregation of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Golden Gate Estates prepare for mass on Saturday night. The Catholic Church recently embarked on a campaign to re-energize worshippers to return to the church. Attendance for the sunrise Easter service at St. Agnes rose from 1,500 people last year to 1,800 people this year. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Members of the congregation of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Golden Gate Estates prepare for mass on Saturday night. The Catholic Church recently embarked on a campaign to re-energize worshippers to return to the church. Attendance for the sunrise Easter service at St. Agnes rose from 1,500 people last year to 1,800 people this year. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Members of the congregation of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Golden Gate Estates prepare for mass on Saturday night. The Catholic Church recently embarked on a campaign to re-energize worshippers to return to the church. Attendance for the sunrise Easter service at St. Agnes rose from 1,500 people last year to 1,800 people this year. Tristan Spinski/Staff
  • Yadira Casanola, right, 15, and Lisa Rojas, 13, both of Naples, prepare to enter St. Agnes Catholic Church in Golden Gate Estates with their families for mass on Saturday night. Both Casanola and Rojas received the sacraments of baptism, first communion and confirmation on Saturday night. The Catholic Church recently embarked on a campaign to re-energize worshippers to return to the church. Attendance for the sunrise Easter service at St. Agnes rose from 1,500 people last year to 1,800 people this year. Tristan Spinski/Staff


Full gallery »Easter in the park at Max Hasse

  • Before the Easter egg hunt the symbolic meaning of new life was emphasized.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Taking a break from time in the sky is pilot Sal Logalbo also with his wife Holly acting here to greet everybody on their way in and out of the service.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • The very popular Pastor Jonathan Loerop moved the crowd with his sermon.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Pianist Audrey Thomas is silhouetted in the morning light.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • The service featured a young band of musicians guided by musical director Ross Teigen.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • It was obvious by the fully occupied chairs at the service and the full breakfast hall that the annual celebration is popular.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.


Full gallery »Naples Pier Easter Sunrise Service

  • Scenes of the Easter Sunrise Service by First United Methodist Church on Sunday April 24, 2011 at the Naples Pier in Naples, Fla. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Scenes of the Easter Sunrise Service by First United Methodist Church on Sunday April 24, 2011 at the Naples Pier in Naples, Fla. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Ginny Donovan, Naples, Fla., attends the Easter Sunrise Service by First United Methodist Church on Sunday April 24, 2011 at the Naples Pier in Naples, Fla. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Ginny Donovan, Naples, Fla., center, arrives early for the Easter Sunrise Service by First United Methodist Church on Sunday April 24, 2011 at the Naples Pier in Naples, Fla. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Scenes from the Easter Sunrise Service by First United Methodist Church with refreshments provided by Boy Scout Troop 165, Naples, Fla., on Sunday April 24, 2011 at the Naples Pier in Naples, Fla. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News
  • Scenes of the Easter Sunrise Service by First United Methodist Church on Sunday April 24, 2011 at the Naples Pier in Naples, Fla. Michele AnneLouise Cohen for Naples Daily News


Full gallery »Easter Sunrise Service, Marco Island, 2011

  • Thousands of Marco Islanders flocked to the beach Sunday morning for the 23rd annual Easter Sunrise Service.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Craig Greusel sings 'You Raise Me Up.' Thousands of Marco Islanders flocked to the beach Sunday morning for the 23rd annual Easter Sunrise Service.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Daniel Dubord bows his head in prayer. Thousands of Marco Islanders flocked to the beach Sunday morning for the 23rd annual Easter Sunrise Service.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Rev. William delivers the sermon, 'All I Need Is A Cheeseburger In Paradise.' Thousands of Marco Islanders flocked to the beach Sunday morning for the 23rd annual Easter Sunrise Service.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Hayden Schelenberger, 3, keeps busy burying mommy's feet in the sand. Thousands of Marco Islanders flocked to the beach Sunday morning for the 23rd annual Easter Sunrise Service.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle
  • Thousands of Marco Islanders flocked to the beach Sunday morning for the 23rd annual Easter Sunrise Service.  Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle

The thousands of worshippers who made the mini-pilgrimage to the beach behind the Marriott hotel had plenty of light to set out their blankets and beach chairs, as organist Marv Hollenbeck played a musical prelude. On a perfect morning, they sat in silence, called out “He is risen indeed,” and greeted their neighbors on adjoining chairs and blankets when prompted.



Full gallery »Easter Sunrise at City of Palms

  • Rev. Lia Icaza Willetts with First United Methodist Church rejoices while singing a hymn during the Community Easter Sunrise Service held at City of Palms Park in Ft. Myers on Sunday. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
  • Rev. John Daugherty with First Baptist Church Fort Myers delivers the message during the Community Easter Sunrise Service held at City of Palms Park in Ft. Myers on Sunday. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
  • Rev. Richard Grady of St. Luke's Episcopal Church reads from the book of John during the Community Easter Sunrise Service held at City of Palms Park in Ft. Myers on Sunday. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
  • With his hand in the air, Wayne Rawlings of Ft. Myers rejoices during the Community Easter Sunrise Service held at City of Palms Park in Ft. Myers on Sunday. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
  • Hundreds of people came to worship during the Community Easter Sunrise Service held at City of Palms Park in Ft. Myers on Sunday. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
  • A service program lays on the home dugout during the Community Easter Sunrise Service held at City of Palms Park in Ft. Myers on Sunday. Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News



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