Classic Easter events and a new one with a fresh spin are on the agenda for this holiday weekend in the Wichita area.
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.
For more information, go to www.messiahfestival.org.
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
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.
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