A Blast From the Past
Easter, April 8, 2007
50,124 Real Eggshells
Eggshelland is a unique Easter
Display, presented by Ron and Betty
Manolio of Lyndhurst, Ohio. This will
be its 50th anniversary (our 49th year).
The entire front yard is transformed
into different eggshell mosaic designs
each year, always including a 50ft.
Cross and our mascot, the Easter Bunny.
The display has grown from
750 shells in 1957. We use 24 brilliant colors
of 1Shot, Outdoor Sign Paint enamel to
paint the shells. As far as we know, it
only display of it's kind in the world. The idea came from Ron's
Mother, who placed dyed eggshells on bushes
in front of her home.
This is a family
project. We used to save our shells. Recently, we
obtained them from several
restaurants, but they have gone to liquid eggs.
The Sidewalk Cafe uses fresh eggs. Ron makes a hole the size of a dime in
the egg and Betty shakes out the contents. The shells are then washed
the edges of the hole trimmed. After
painting, the shells are stored by color in
boxes, with 250 in each box. They are used over and over
again each year,
if necessary, in the proper colors.
Our average handling
breakage is 1500 shells. We have had three
disasters. In 1998, we had a hail storm that destroyed 10,238
shells. In 2002,
an ice storm on top of 6 inches of snow broke 11,941, and in 2005,
6 inches of
heavy wet snow smashed 5,633 shells.
The theme this
year is A Blast from the Past .
The display includes; "The
Flintstones," with 16,536 shells,
with 11,464 shells, and
"Scooby-Doo" with 6,254
shells. We always receive
excellent local coverage,
and in 2000, we appeared on the
Montel Williams Show,
and were also
featured on Extreme Cuisine, and
the Agri-Country Network. We have been featured on "Ripley's Believe it or Not," and a photo was
sent out by
Associated Press that reached as far as the
front page of an English language newspaper in Japan. We
were on the "Today Show" Easter morning 2006.
There is also a documentary on us in the works. The display
is lit at night,
and will be up from April 1th thru April 9th. Happy Easter!
Ron and Betty Manolio
1031 Linden Lane
Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124
Sidewalk Cafe - Painesville
Sidewalk Cafe - Euclid
Creative Eggshell Displays
Nick J. Sarris
Directions: From intersection of Richmond
Road and Ridgebury - make three left turns on Roland, Ashwood
and Linden Lane.