Spring will blossom in West Racine this weekend when the Easter Eggs-travaganza takes place in the Washington Avenue business district. This new event, organized by the West Racine Business Association, will offer a different twist on the traditional egg hunt: visits and photos with Peter Cottontail in the Bunny Hut, a special “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast and more.

Its goal is to not only celebrate spring, but to bring people to the West Racine neighborhood and let them see what it has to offer, according to Arthur Shattuck, owner of the Roots and Legends Clinic, 3209 Washington Ave., and a member of the WRBA.

Most of the activities will take place on Saturday, March 31. That morning, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 3319 Washington Ave., will serve a “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast, in the spirit of Dr. Seuss’ book by the same name. Tickets are $4 and $2 and everyone is welcome to stop in anytime between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. for eggs, ham, homemade muffins and more.

The Eggs-travaganza egg hunt will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at more than 16 participating West Racine businesses. Young egg hunters can visit each of the locations — marked with a colorful Easter egg poster in the window — and pick up a plastic egg. Each egg will contain a raffle ticket and winning tickets will be drawn at 3 p.m. at Gethsemane Church. Prizes will include items and gift certificates donated by WRBA stores. Kids are also invited to visit Peter Cottontail at the Bunny Hut (also known as the Santa Chalet), on Washington Avenue, just west of West Boulevard. The big bunny will be passing out Jelly Belly candies there from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

And, if you’d like to have your — and your pet’s — photo taken with Mr. Cottontail, you can sign up for an appointment at the Raining Cats and Dogs shop, 3222 Washington Ave., (262) 633-7300. Photo sessions will take place on Sunday, April 1, between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bunny Hut.

Some participating stores will also offer special promotions during Saturday’s Eggs-travaganza, according to Shattuck. And Washington Avenue will be decked out with flower poles and hanging baskets for the festive occasion.

Shattuck said the West Racine Business Association hopes to make the Eggs-travaganza an annual event. The organization is also looking forward to next month’s West Racine Art Walk, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Area artists will set up shop in stores throughout West Racine and all are invited to visit them and learn about their work.

Gethsemane Church’s annual Spring Aebleskiver Breakfast and Bake Sale will also be held on April 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $4 and $6 and will be available at the door.

For more about events in West Racine, go to www.westracine.org.

 If You Go

WHAT: West Racine Easter Eggs-travaganza

WHEN: Most activities take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Pet photos will be done by appointment on Sunday, April 1.

WHERE: Various shops and businesses in West Racine’s shopping area along Washington Avenue.

COST: Free admission. Breakfast costs $4 for adults, $2 for children kids 10 and younger. Cost of pet photos varies according to package

INFO: Go to www.westracine.org or check out Friends of West Racine on Facebook.


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