Get your creative energy flowing this Easter! On Saturday, April 8th, two festive events are taking place: The Florence Thomas Art School will be hosting “Pysanky” Egg Dyeing with Libby Welter, and an annual Easter Festival and Egg Hunt will be held in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park
In West Jefferson:
Ukrainian “Pysanksy” Easter Egg Decorating
The ancient and beautiful Ukrainian art form of “Pysanky” (Peas-on-kay) dates back more than 2000 years. The word Pysanky means “to write.” Legend has it that goodness will prevail over evil throughout the world as long as Pysanky eggs are being made. The tradition holds that Ukrainians would exchange their Pysanky as tokens of friendship: each egg bearing a variation of symbols. Each region of the Ukraine had their own set of symbols and meanings. Pysanky are not painted. The finished Pysanky is achieved through a process of waxing and dyeing a raw egg. Bees wax is applied with a tool known as a kista, then the egg is submerged in a special dye. The bees wax is removed with the flame of a candle and the egg is varnished.
Hen and Duck eggs will be available for use.
*Youth must be 6th grade and above.
When: April 8th, 10 am – 3 pm
Where: 10 S Jefferson Ave, PO Box 865
West Jefferson, NC 28694
Cost: $70 or $115 for an adult/youth* combo
All Materials Included
For more information visit: http://www.florenceartschool.org/pysanky-egg-dyeing-with-libby-welter-408lw/
In Blowing Rock:
Easter Festival and Egg Hunt!
Also on April 8th, the Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Easter Festival and Egg Hunt. All ages are welcome to bring their Easter baskets for the egg hunt—on your mark, get set, go! Other activities include games and a mini petting zoo. Of course, kids will have the chance to meet the Easter Bunny! Bring a decorated egg and enter the egg contest at 10:45am.
When: Saturday, April 8th
Games and Activities: 10:00am
Mini Petting Zoe: 10:00 – 11:00am
Best Decorated Egg Contest: 10:45am
Easter Egg Hunt: 11:00am
Where: Blowing Rock Memorial Park/Rec Center 145 Park Avenue
For more information, call: 828-295-5222