A busy holiday weekend

With Good Friday and the first night of Passover both falling on April 19, this is shaping up to be a bustling weekend, particularly for those flying the not always friendly skies.

AirHelp predicts thousands of flight disruptions – as there were more than 20,000 last year at this time – and is standing by to, well, help with information on your passenger rights and compensation claims.

Not everyone will be heading to the airport. Many in WAG country have already planned seders and Easter dinners at home. Still others are making reservations. The Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown, among the luxe destinations we regularly cover, is once again hosting Easter brunch, on April 21. It’s a particularly creative time at the Castle as prior to hosting Easter, it’s holding a 122ndbirthday bash, a Wine & Dine Gala with a “Casino Royale” theme, on April 20. For more on either call 914-631-3646 or email  concierge@castlehotelandspa.com.

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester is also having an Easter brunch, complete with a visit from the Easter Bunny and an Easter egg hunt. For more, call 914-946-5500 or visit ritzcarlton.com.

The egg hunt, of course, is one of the signature events of this spring holiday and one of the biggest will be taking place at the Osborn Home in Rye April 20. The annual event, which begins at 11:15 a.m., is held in memory of longtime board member and former chairman Jack Miller. For nearly two decades, the event has drawn hundreds of participants from throughout Westchester County, as well as southern Fairfield County, as children in two age groups – those under 3 and those 3 and up – vie for more than 6,000 pastel-colored treasures, while parents and seniors enjoy the 56-campus (and the fun, minus the exertion of the hunt).

 “The event is such a wonderful gathering of people of all ages,” says Matt Anderson, president and CEO of The Osborn.

The egg hunt is free and open to the public and preregistration is not required. The gates of the home, 101 Theall Road  (just off Playland Parkway Access), open at 10:45 a.m. Participants are asked to bring their own baskets to gather eggs. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance and be available for photo ops. The event also features a DJ, dancing and games. Lunches – which include a hot dog, drink, chips and cookie – are $5.

For more, call 914-925-8218 or visit TheOsborn.org.

Yes, it’s a big weekend for eating, but we say:  Save room for chocolate. Easter is the biggest holiday for the sweet, creamy treat, bigger than Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Our friends at La Maison du Chocolat have created an Easter Collection,Pâques Tropicales, of bunnies and eggs filled with goodies. You can find them online or at one of Maison’s Manhattan boutiques, which are like something right out of the movie “Chocolat” – which, come to think of it, has a Lenten/Easter theme.

Whatever your holiday plans, we at WAG wish you a Happy Passover, a Happy Easter, a happy spring.

Georgette Gouveia

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