Easter, April 12, 2009
42,650 Real Eggshells
a unique Easter Display, presented by Ron and Betty
Manolio of Lyndhurst, Ohio. This will
be (our 51st 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.
has grown from 750 shells in 1957. We use 24 brilliant
of 1Shot, Outdoor Sign
Paint enamel to paint the shells. As far as we know, it
is the 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. We now get
eggshells from the Sidewalk
Cafe, who use fresh eggs. Without them the
display would not continue, as other
restaurants use liquid eggs. Ron
a hole the size of a dime in the egg
and Betty shakes out the contents. The
shells are then washed and 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, and repainted, if necessary, in the proper colors.
Our average handling
breakage is 1500 shells. We have had five natural
disasters. In 1998, a hail storm destroyed
10,238 shells. In 2002, an ice storm on 6 inches of snow broke
11,941, in 2005, 6 inches of snow smashed 5,633
shells, and in 2007 16 inches of snow on Easter morning broke
14,176. In 2008, for the first time, we were not able to put pegs in the
lawn, because the ground was frozen. Our Display consisted of 6,223
eggshells, using the five figures we have on Styrofoam, usually standing
in the background.
theme this year is Zoo's Who . The display includes; Lions, Tigers,
Bears and More with
13,660 shells, Peacock
with 6,746 shells, and Parrot
with 4,310 shells.
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,
and CNN in 2007.
A documentary on Eggshelland, which
has taken 4 years to complete, will have it's World Premiere at the Cedar-Lee
Theater, in Cleveland Heights, on April 17&18, 2009. The display
is lit at night, and will be
up from April 5th thru April 20th.
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.
Webcam at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
A view of Wade Hall at Waterfowl Lake, one of the oldest
zoo buildings in North America, constructed in 1884.
Someone told me
Its all happening at the zoo.
I do believe it,
I do believe its true.
Its a light and tumble journey
From the east side to the park;
Just a fine and fancy ramble
To the zoo.
But you can take the crosstown bus
If its raining or its cold,
And the animals will love it
If you do.
Something tells me
Its all happening at the zoo.
Simon And Garfunkel lyrics
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & The RainForest
are open all year except January 1 and December 25.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo improves the future for
wildlife by exhibiting animals and plants and providing education
and conservation programs which encourage respect and stewardship of
the natural world and a better understanding of our place within
Cleveland Zoological Society partners with the Zoo to improve
the future for wildlife. Enjoy the benefits of membership, Adopt-an-Animal,
or explore the advantages of corporate partnerships.
Lincoln Park Zoo
- 2200 North Cannon Dr., Chicago, at Lake Shore Drive and Fullerton
Parkway; FAST FACT: Marlin Perkins served as director of the Lincoln
Park Zoo from 1944 to 1961. Perkins put television and natural sciences
together, first with his series "Zoo Parade" -- filmed live at
Lincoln Park each week -- and later with "Wild Kingdom."
- 800 Cherokee Ave. S.E., Atlanta;
FAST FACT: One of Zoo Atlanta's popular residents is 15-year-old
African elephant Starlet O'Hara -- who is known for her painting
abilities. She prefers watercolors, and her works are for sale at
the zoo's gift shop.
Philadelphia Zoo -
3400 West Girard Ave., Philadelphia;
FAST FACT: Admission to the Philly Zoo, which opened on July
1, 1874, was a quarter for adults and a dime for children -- for
the zoo's first 50 years.
Zoo - 2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego; Wild Animal Park: 15500
San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido; FAST FACT: The San Diego Zoo's
first keeper was a one-armed man named Army, hired by zoo founder
Dr. Harry Wegeforth. Army's one arm, it was said, "was all he needed."
Park - National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave., Washington; FAST FACT: The National Zoo's
first animals were a pair of elephants named Dunk and Gold Dust,
obtained in 1891 -- two years after President Grover Cleveland signed
the bill establishing the zoo.
Columbus Zoo -
9990 Riverside Dr., Powell, Ohio; FAST FACT: "Jungle Jack" Hanna
-- host of TV's "Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures" and author of several
animal books -- turned the Columbus Zoo into a world-class operation
during his tenure as director beginning in the late 1970s. Hanna
is now "director emeritus" of the zoo.
Zoological Garden 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans; FAST FACT:
Zoo features rare white alligators, found in a Louisiana swamp.
The 'gators are not albinos -- they are actually white -- and have