Easter, March 23, 2008
42,650 Real Eggshells
is a unique Easter Display,
presented by Ron and Betty
Lyndhurst, Ohio. This will be (our
50th 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
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 our
eggshells from the Sidewalk
Cafe, who use fresh eggs. Without them the
would not continue, as other restaurants use liquid eggs. Ron makes
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
boxes, with 250 in each
box. They are used over
and over again each year, and repainted, if necessary, in the
Our average handling breakage is 1500 shells. We
have had four 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.
The theme this year is Zoo's Who
. The display includes;
Bears and More
with 13,660 shells, Peacock with 6,746 shells, and Parrot
with 4,310 shells. We always receive excellent local
coverage, and in 2000,
we appeared on the
Montel Williams Show, and were also featured
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
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.
There is also a documentary on us in the works. The
display is lit at night,
and will be up from March 16th thru March 24th. Happy Easter!
Ron and Betty Manolio
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 it.
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.
1031 Linden Lane
Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124
Cafe - Painesville
Sidewalk Cafe - Euclid
Displays - Lectures
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.
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.
The monkeys stand for honesty,
Giraffes are insincere,
And the elephants are kindly but
Orangutans are skeptical
Of changes in their cages,
And the zookeeper is very fond of rum.
Zebras are reactionaries,
Antelopes are missionaries,
Pigeons plot in secrecy,
And hamsters turn on frequently.
What a gas! you gotta come and see
At the zoo.
Simon And Garfunkel lyrics
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."
Zoo Atlanta - 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.
Diego 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.
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 blue eyes.