Whatever your religious orientation, The Independent has the skinny on holiday celebrations. (Please note this is only a sampling of upcoming events during Easter and Passover and is not intended to be comprehensive.)
Members of the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett, the Springs Community Presbyterian Church, and the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton will hold several joint services this Easter.
A Maundy Thursday Service will be held at the Springs church at 7 PM, while Good Friday services will be held in East Hampton, also at 7 PM. There will also be a joint sunrise service at Gerard Point at 6 AM on Easter Sunday.
On Holy Thursday, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton will hold a bilingual Mass at 7 PM. The parish will also conduct the Stations of the Cross in the church cemetery on Cedar Street at noon on Good Friday.
On Good Friday, following the Stations of the Cross at 3 PM, St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church will hold a recreation of the Passion of Christ in Spanish, followed by the veneration of the cross and communion.
On Easter Sunday, congregants of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church and the Montauk Community Church will gather at the Montauk Point café overlook for a 6 AM ecumenical Easter sunrise service.
The Montauk Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on the village green in the center of town from 11 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, April 20. Kids can also take part in races. Bunny ears and baskets will be provided. The event is free and open to children up to 10 years old.
The Quogue Wildlife Refuge will hold an Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 20, at which children between the ages of five and 12 will get to create a nest and decorate an egg. The first session will run from 11 to 11:45 AM, and a second session will be held from 2 to 2:45 PM. There is a $10 fee and registration is required at the refuge’s website, www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.
The Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church will hold an Easter egg hunt for children of the congregation on Saturday, April 20, at 11 AM.
(CANCELLED) Hop on down to the Sag Harbor Garden Center at 11 Spring Street on Saturday, April 20 and join in the Easter fun as the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual petting zoo from 12 to 2 PM. Look your best to meet the Easter Bunny who will be on hand for photos. This event is free and open to everyone.
The Jewish Center of the Hamptons will hold a Second Night Community Seder from 5 to 8:30 PM at the center on Woods Lane in East Hampton on Saturday, April 20.
The Community Seder is a multi-generational experience that elevates the traditions of Passover with music, learning, community, and wine. The cost is $95 for members of the JCOH, $105 for nonmembers, and $40 for children five to 12. Call the center (631-324-9858) if you would like to attend but need financial assistance to do so.
Members of Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor will join with members of Incarnation Lutheran Church at that parish’s church in Water Mill to hold an Easter Vigil at 7 PM on Saturday, April 20.
On Easter Sunday morning, Christ Episcopal Church will hold a casual sunrise service at Marine Park in Sag Harbor Village at 6 AM.
The churches of Southampton will hold an interfaith service at Coopers Beach at 6:30 AM with breakfast following in the parish hall of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church on Hill Street on Easter Sunday.
There will be a community sunrise service on Easter Sunday at Indian Island County Park in Riverhead at 7 AM.
Members of the churches in Bridgehampton will gather for an ecumenical Easter Sunday service on the beach at the end of Ocean Road at 7 AM.
On Easter Sunday, the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead will hold an Easter Brunch and Penguin Egg Hunt at 10 AM, noon, and 2 PM. The fee is $54.95 for adults ($49.95 for members), $26.95 for children three to 12 ($23.95 for members), or $5 for children two and under.