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Plans Postponed, Adjusted With Heavy Rains Easter Weekend

With heavy rain expected Saturday that could linger into Easter Sunday morning, many people are coming up with back-up plans to their outdoor activities.

The Mystic Congregational Church is hoping to have their sunrise service Easter morning in their garden. But the forecast has Pastor Christa Swenson prepared to move the service to inside the library and have congregants watch the sun rise from there. It would be a decision she makes at 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

At Olde Mistick Village in Mystic, staff had about 7,000 to 9,000 Easter eggs ready for their annual Easter Egg hunt Saturday. But the forecast forced Events Coordinator Annie Hettick to cancel it.

It was the first time in over 12 years Hettick had to do that, she said.

"It's usually out in the big green and if it gets to the point where kids are just sliding around and could get hurt, that's when we say, maybe not a good idea," Hettick said.

Kids can still get those eggs if they visit the Easter Bunny in the Gazebo or under the Village Towne Hall.

"So, my hair does not do well in rain," laughed Tezeta Roro, who will only bring her sons back to Olde Mistick Village Saturday if the weather holds up.

Roro's family explored the village today while on vacation from West Orange, New Jersey.

"I was looking for more outdoorsy (activities). Now we're sort-of thinking more indoor, aquarium type of thing," Roro said about her plans for the weekend.

Jessica McCann-Dineen expects weekend sports to be a washout.

"The weather is actually holding out on us. However tomorrow, yes, (my son's) T-ball will probably be cancelled," McCann-Dineen said.

Never has Seaport Community Church in Groton had to cancel their Easter egg hunt, according to Senior Pastor Brad Whipple. He even said one time the ground was covered in snow.

But if the rain lingers into Sunday morning, Whipple said he has big plans to make it up to the kids.

"Move it one week, but then up the game and add additional prizes, gift certificates and make it even more fun," Whipple said.

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