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Snow chills Easter spring

"In your Easter bonnet with flakes of snow upon it."

Is that what we'll sing on Easter, 2013, surely one of the chilliest holidays we've had in years?

Having snow during Holy Week indeed is a rarity, particularly since the date of Easter is dependent on the vernal equinox, a moveable feast.

Way, way back, we had a Palm Sunday blizzard. Next day, with lots of snowbound visitors from a Saturday formal at Western Maryland College - now known as McDaniel - we sledded on dining hall trays - a fun memory.

This week's snow was, by no means, a blizzard. There was enough, however, for a day off from school, and to offer the rare opportunity of building a snowman.

Spring and Easter seem synonymous. This year, however, they surely aren't. Only a hint of green fuzz shows on willow trees, the annual harbinger of green beauty.

If a new Easter outfit has found its way into your closet, I hope there is also a wool scarf that matches it.

And when on Sunday its time to hunt outdoors for Easter eggs, go for warmth in clothes.

Easter baskets don't generate heat.

What's big this year in the goodies line?

Why Peeps, of course, in sherbert colors.

Those marshmallow chicks this year are featured in contests, with creative decorations transforming them.

A huge "Peep Show" contest, moreover, is on display at the Westminster Arts Center where Peeps, by the thousand, have been transformed into everything from Easter bonnets to football players.

The foundation of Easter, always, of course is the Resurrection Story.

Enhancing it and proclaiming it to the world is beautiful, triumphant music!

Choirs, both vocal and brass - following weeks of dedicated practice - sing out the joyful news in anthems by our great composers.

How many choirs around the world will do their best with the "Hallelujah Chorus?"

What a gift from Handel to us and generations to come.

Hallelujah!

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