Children participate in an Easter egg hunt during Spring Fest at Founders Park in Islamorada Saturday, April 8, 2023. DOUG FINGER/Keys Weekly

Easter services will take to the beaches as the sun rises on the morning of Sunday, March 31. Brunches and egg hunts for the little tykes will follow services at local churches in what will be a busy holiday weekend in Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada. Don’t forget pictures with the Easter bunny and fun, family activities at Spring Fest at Founders Park on Saturday, March 30. 

Services at the beach & pews 

  • Pearl Christian Church’s Easter Sunday service will begin at 9 a.m. Located at 161 Pearl Ave., Tavernier, the service will be followed by a brunch in the fellowship hall.
  • Beachurch Key Largo, 104700 Overseas Highway, will have Easter services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. 
  • Island Community Church will hold its sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. at Whale Harbor beach, 83413 Overseas, Islamorada. An Easter service will follow at 10 a.m. at Island Community Church, 83250 Overseas Highway, Islamorada. 
  • St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church will hold a Holy Thursday Liturgy, including a stripping of the altar and meditation, at 6 p.m. at 87500 Overseas Highway, Islamorada. A Good Friday service will take place at 1 p.m. Easter service begins at 10 a.m.; an egg hunt and reception will follow. 
  • First Baptist Islamorada will hold an Easter sunrise service on the beach at Coconut Cove Resort, 84810 Overseas Highway, Islamorada at 7 a.m. A service will also be held at 11 a.m. at MM 81, just south of the Green Turtle Inn. Visit fbcislamorada.org. 

Egg hunts & photo ops

  • The Islamorada Parks and Recreation Department will host 2024 Spring Fest from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 at Founders Park. For kids 12 and under, activities include airbrush tattoos, face painting, kid’s coloring, bounce houses, a DJ and dancing and more. Snow cones from Polar Ice, donuts from Joey Bag O’ Donuts, popcorn and drinks will also be available for purchase. The bunny will arrive at 9:30 a.m. for pictures near the amphitheater. An egg hunt will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the great lawn. Children will be split into age groups, including an infant area. Admission is free, but parking is $10. For more information, contact the parks and recreation office at 305-853-1685.

Easter Brunch

  • The Islander Resort in Islamorada will host a brunch at The Elements from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy eggs benedict, applewood smoked bacon, sliced tropical fruit, breakfast potato, assorted pastries, carved prime rib, herb-crusted chicken, sautéed mahi mahi and other food items and drinks. $65 per person and $25 for children ages 5-12. Reservations are available at OpenTable. 
Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy is one of the many Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 4-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, hockey, mixed martial arts and golf. He also enjoys time with family and his new baby boy, Lucas, who arrived Oct. 4, 2022.