People across central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley celebrated Easter Sunday, the day Christians believe Jesus Christ was resurrected. The day has a special meaning for Trinity Episcopal Church in Charlottesville.
Pastor Cass Bailey says the church was founded by a group of African-Americans who were not welcome in other churches in the city. So they founded their own church and focused on uniting people in worship.
“One of the important implications of the Easter message is reconciliation, and from very early in its history, Trinity has been a place which has tried to include people,” Pastor Bailey said.
The sanctuary features the flags of many different nations to represent inclusion.
Easter brunch is another tradition for many families that brings big business to central Virginia restaurants.
More than 750 people showed up for the Boars Head Inn’s annual Easter Sunday brunch.
Some restaurants were concerned the turnout would be less than normal since Mother’s Day is just three weeks away. Managers at the Boars Head say these next few weeks will keep the chefs busy.
“It’s one of the biggest besides Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, certainly Christmas and the biggest weekend is our Commencement. UVA graduation’s fantastic for us,” said manager Greg Slaver.
The restaurant at Boars Head is completely booked for UVA’s graduation weekend. But managers advise people to keep checking because there may be cancellations.
While some families were enjoying brunch, kids in Albemarle County also got to enjoy an Easter egg hunt on a grand scale. Delfosse Vineyards hosted its first Easter celebration, complete with a visit from the Easter Bunny.
The vineyard had more than 100 reservations for the event, and for the egg hunt, they went all out.
“We have over 700 eggs on the hillside here,” said Brice Harrington from Delfosse Vineyards. “There's some easy pickings around the tent and the Easter Bunny, and there's some up by the cabin.”
Thanks to Sunday's turnout, the vineyard already has plans to host another Easter celebration next year.
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Sean Cudahy joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2014. Sean returns to Charlottesville after four years at American University in Washington, D.C., but central Virginia is his home. He grew up in Albemarle County, graduating from Albemarle High School in 2010. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story