Classic Easter events and a new one with a fresh spin are on the agenda for this holiday weekend in the Wichita area.
“Woods, Winds and Willows” is the name of a new event on Easter this year at Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine. Amid the height of spring blooms, a chamber orchestra made up of 20 members, many from the Wichita Symphony, will perform Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” on Sunday afternoon at the arboretum.
The Cowley County Humane Society will bring some animal representatives to go with “Peter and the Wolf” – including ducklings swimming in a fiberglass canoe – for children to enjoy. “It’s going to be a family-friendly show,” said the arboretum’s steward, Robin Macy.
And to go with “Appalachian Spring” will be the arboretum itself: tulips, lilacs, redbuds and crabapples in bloom. “It’s just glorious springtime,” Macy said.
Picnics are welcome, and food will be for sale: Luciano’s Italian, Lyons Den barbecue and Freddy’s frozen custard.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Gates open at 3 p.m.; the concert starts at 4. The event will go on with local contingency plans if it rains.
‘Passion’ and ‘Messiah’
Two classic performances will mark Good Friday and Easter at Bethany College in Lindsborg, where the Messiah Festival of the Arts is in its 133rd year.
Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew” will be performed Friday and Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday afternoon, both by the Bethany Oratorio Society and guest soloists.
“Our oratorio society has almost doubled in size this year, so Easter Sunday is going to be bigger than in many years,” festival coordinator Blakely Bunning said.
Bach’s “Passion” will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Presser Hall. Tickets are $17 and $22. They can be ordered by phone at 785-227-3380, ext. 8137, until 5 p.m. After that, tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 5:30 p.m. The house opens at 6:30.
Handel’s “Messiah” will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, also in Presser Hall. Tickets are $17 and $22. They can be ordered by phone at 785-227-3380, ext. 8137, until 5 p.m. Friday. After that, they can be purchased at the door starting at 1 p.m. Sunday. The house opens at 2 p.m.
For more information, go to www.messiahfestival.org.
An egg hunt and Easter bunny visit will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Botanica as part of the “Tulips, Fairies and Friends” event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Studio Singers will perform songs from the movie “Frozen” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tulips and other spring flowers will be in bloom.
The event is included in membership or Botanica admission: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and military, and $5 for ages 3-12.
The gardens are also open 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Sedgwick County Zoo
Easter Eggstravaganza invites children to bring their Easter baskets to the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd., on Saturday and gather treats as well as visit the Easter bunny, count eggs for a prize, play games, get their faces painted and watch zoo animals receive their own treats. Special-needs kids can register for a special event at 1 p.m., and visually impaired children for beeper eggs at 2 p.m. Call 316-266-8367 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is included in zoo membership or admission: $13.95; $11.95 for seniors and $8.95 for ages 3-11. For the full schedule of events, go to www.scz.org.
Some other Easter events:
Outdoor carillon concert, noon-1 p.m., Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. Easter-season music played on bells from the tower of the museum by Brett Valliant, organist of First Methodist Church. Free. Information, 316-265-9314.
Easter Sun Run, 8:30 a.m. (10K), 10 a.m. (fun run) and 10:30 a.m. (walk), Sunflower Shelter, Sedgwick County Park, 6501 W. 21st St. Advance registration $30, $20 ages 12 and younger; or, at the door, $40, $30 ages 12 and younger. Benefit for Youth Horizons. Information and registration, eastersunrun.com.
Easter Eggstravaganza, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, 1600 W. 27th St. Egg hunt for children through fifth grade, games, crafts, free lunch for everyone; instructions in English and Spanish.
Eggstravaganza, 10-11:30 a.m., Asbury Church, 2801 W. 15th St. For children through fifth grade; free. Gospel message, egg hunt, prizes, refreshments. Information, 316-942-1491 or asburychurch.org.
Rock-n-Roll Easter Event, 10-11:30 a.m., East Heights United Methodist Church, 4407 E. Douglas. Free. Activity stations to help kids understand Christ’s death and resurrection at 10 a.m. Puppet show and egg hunt at 11 a.m. Information, www.ehumc.org.
Easter Egg Hunt & Children’s Fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Ark Church, 5501 N. Maize Road. $1. Egg hunts (registration required by age at particular times or at www.generationskids.com), prizes, concessions, games. Information, www.generationskids.com.
Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m. (check in by 1:30 p.m.), The Alley Indoor Entertainment, 11413 E. 13th St. Free, ages 1-12. More than 5,000 candy- and prize-filled eggs for outdoor egg hunt. Information, 316-618-1000 or www.thealleyonline.com.