Big weekend kicks off the season

Published 7:46 pm Monday, March 23, 2015

With the arrival of spring, Suffolk’s calendar of events is really starting to heat up.

It helps, also, that Easter is just around the corner.

This Saturday, Nansemond River Baptist Church is inviting the community to its Family Fun Day.

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Planned is a raft of fun games and activities, like face-painting, a bounce house and balloon animals, and there’ll also be age-appropriate egg hunts: 2:30 p.m. for ages 2 to 5, and 3:15 p.m. for first- through fifth-graders.

The fun on Bridge Road starts at 2 p.m.

On the same day, Bon Secours is hosting its annual 5K or 1-mile run/walk around its Harbour View campus, to raise funds and awareness for colon cancer.

I can’t admit to being a member of the running set myself, but it’s the time of the year when folks are looking forward to getting out and pounding some pavement — unless they’re the ultra-extreme types who run in all weather conditions.

More information on the event, which begins at 8 a.m. for the 5K, can be found at, where folks can also register through Thursday for $5 less than doing so on the day, when it will be $35.

Yet another event this Saturday will be Suffolk Parks and Recreation’s annual Spring Eggstravaganza, with games, pony rides, crafts, music and more. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 11:15 a.m., organizers say, and he’ll be happy to pose for photos.

The following weekend, an event in Smithfield on that Saturday is a good excuse to go a little further afield. Isle of Wight County Museum will host a walking tour around the town about the Battle of Smithfield.

According to museum director Jennifer England, the relatively small Civil War skirmish took place over two days in 1864. She advised folks on the tour, which starts at the museum, 103 Main St., at 2 p.m., to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Anyone who can’t make it April 4 can also join the tour, which carries a suggested donation of $2 for adults, on May 2, June 6, Aug. 1, Sept. 5 or Oct. 3.

This is just a taste of what’s planned for the next couple of weeks. For details on more weekend events taking advantage of the sunshine and warmth, stay tuned to the pages of the Suffolk News-Herald, and check the “Calendar of Events” at

I’m sure it won’t be long and I’ll be complaining in my odd moments of weakness about the heat, but it’s nice that winter is behind us for a while.