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Monday March 26, 2012

Easter BunnyEgg-ceptional adventures await those seeking an Easter season getaway to the S-T-L. There are more things to see and do in St. Louis this spring that there are colors of jelly beans!

Peeps aren’t just for Easter at the World Bird Sanctuary. There you can meet dozens of chirping, feathered friends and learn about the remarkable rescue and rehab work done for birds of prey. You can go batty there on Easter Saturday, April 7. Known as “Bat-urday,” fun activities demonstrate the importance of bats to our environment.

Bissinger’s, St. Louis’ renowned handcrafted chocolatier, has solved the dilemma of where to start nibbling your chocolate Easter bunny. They’ve created an “ears only” confection that’s, well, all ears. The scrumptious shop is located at 32 Maryland Plaza in St. Louis’ charming Central West End neighborhood. The Easter bunnies at Kakao are handmade in small batches from a blend of three different chocolates from around the world. Find these yummy chocolate cottontails at Kakao’s two shops – 2301 Jefferson Avenue and 7272 Manchester Road. Bunny hop to Ted Drewes Frozen Custard for a Bunnycrete. The seasonal sensation is a blend of Ted Drewes famous vanilla custard and fresh, moist carrot cake. Yum bunny.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Saint Louis Zoo. RSVPs are required to nosh with the famous rabbit. The Zoo chefs will be serving up more than carrots and parsley at this annual event with two seatings set on Saturday, March 31, Sunday, April 1 and Saturday, April 7.

See the carrot-eating stars of Cavalia perform over Easter weekend. The critically acclaimed theatrical production, described as a magic encounter between human and horse, gallops in the Gateway City through April 8. The lavish show, created by one of the original founders of Cirque du Soleil, features 48 magnificent horses, 38 riders, aerialists, acrobats and musicians from around the globe.

Horse power of a different sort is on display at the 51st Annual Concours d’Elegance car show. Held at the Upper Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park, the show displays everything from classic cars to Corvettes, hot rods to the hottest trucks. The annual Easter Sunday event is sponsored by the Horseless Carriage Club of Missouri, www.hccmo.com.

Easter weekend, art lovers can celebrate the 10th anniversary year of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. The Foundation welcomes guests to view artist Gedi Sibony’s large scale work titled “In the Still Epiphany.” The temporary installation, which will be on view from April 5 through October 27, comprises nearly fifty objects from the collection of Emily and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. including works by John Singer Sargent, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

Eggs-cellence of the culinary kind is bountifully displayed at Easter brunches all over St. Louis. Scramble to top spots for a great dining experience, including:

The 9th Street Abbey, 1808 S. 9th Street in the Soulard neighborhood

Bartolino’s Osteria, 2103 Sulphur Avenue near The Hill

Bartolino’s South, 5914 South Lindbergh Blvd.

Vin de Set, 2017 Chouteau near Lafayette Square

Cielo at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, 999 North Second Street, Laclede’s Landing

Mount Pleasant Estates winery, 5634 High Street in Augusta, Missouri

Tucci & Fresta’s Trattoria and Bar, 15 N. Central in Clayton, Mo

Or, go for a gourmet breakfast in bed that is part of the Easter Getaway Package at the historic

Beal Mansion, an award-winning bed and breakfast inn in nearby Alton, Illinois.

The spiritual side of the holiday is marked in the natural wonder of Meramec Caverns with gospel music-inspired Easter services at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 and a sunrise celebration at 6:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8. Admission to the Easter service is free at the famous Route 66 site.

Historic churches throughout St. Louis are hosting Easter Sunday services. The beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, which houses the world’s largest collection of mosaic art, celebrates Roman Catholic Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. The Shrine of St. Joseph, at 11th and Biddle streets near downtown, welcomes visitors to Easter Mass at 11 a.m. The historic church, founded by Catholic German immigrants in 1844, is noted as the site of a Vatican-authenticated miracle. St. Louis’ elegant Episcopal cathedral – Christ Church Cathedral – holds Easter Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m. On the National Register of Historic Places, the cathedral is well-known for its stained glass windows and Aeolian-Skinner organ, but its crowning glory is its carved stone reredos rising 35 feet behind the main altar. Easter Sunday Matins with Holy Communion begins at 8 a.m. at Historic Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis’ Soulard neighborhood. The traditional Lutheran service is followed by an Easter Breakfast at 9 a.m., a Festival of the Resurrection service at 10:15 a.m. and an Easter Egg Hunt for the children at 11:30 a.m.

For information on Easter weekend (April 6-8) and all springtime events in St. Louis, click on www.explorestlouis.com

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