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Eggshelland 2004
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Eggshelland 2004


Easter Sunday, April 11, 2004, at Eggshelland
"Land, Sea, and Air"

Eggshelland 2004 Designs
Finding Nemo   Peter Pan and Wendy  
Lord of the Rings

Ron and Betty
Ron and Betty Manolio at Sidewalk Cafe
Tinker Bell
Land, Sea, and Air
41,602 Real Eggshell Display
April 11, 2004
Eggshelland is a unique Easter Display, presented by Ron and Betty
Manolio of Lyndhurst, Ohio.  This will be its 46th 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, with 2,266 shells.
     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 is the
only display of it's kind in the world. The idea came from Manolio'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 have
 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 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,
repainted if necessary, in the proper colors.
     On Wednesday April 8, 1998, just before Easter, we had a Hailstorm that
destroyed 10,238 shells (our annual handling breakage is about 1-2000 shells).
In 2002, 6 inches of snow covered the display for most of the week.  There
was an ice storm on Thurs. that caused pressure, which broke 11,941 shells.

     The theme this year is Land, Sea, and Air The display includes; The Lord
of the Rings," with 8,466 shells,  Finding Nemo,  with 13,532 shells, and Peter
with 4,285 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 also 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.  The display is
lit with 30 floodlights at night, and will be up from April 4th. thru April 12th.
     Happy Easter, Ron and Betty Manolio
Easter, April 11, 2004          NEW EGGSHELLS
1031 Linden Lane                                                                              Courtesy of
Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124                                              Sidewalk Cafe - Mentor
(440) 442-6061                                                              Sidewalk Cafe - Euclid
Creative Eggshell Displays  - Lectures                                        Nick Sarris

Directions: From intersection of Richmond Road and Ridgebury, turn east on Ridgebury, then - make three left turns on Roland, Ashwood and Linden Lane.

A filmographer has been following us every day as we setup Eggshelland 2004 for a documentary film in progress.

 Finding Nemo All characters Finding Nemo
Story: In the colorful and warm tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, a Clownfish named Marlin lives safe and secluded in a quiet cul-de-sac with his only son, NEMO. Fearful of the ocean and its unpredictable risks, he struggles to protect his son. Nemo, like all young fish, is eager to explore the mysterious reef. When Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from home and thrust into a dentist's office fish tank, Marlin finds himself the unlikely hero on an epic journey to rescue his son
Marlin  Dory   Bruce   Crush
In his quest, Marlin is joined by a good Samaritan named Dory, a Regal Blue Tang fish with the worst short-term memory and biggest heart in the entire ocean. As the two fish continue on their journey, encountering numerous dangers, Dory's optimism continually forces Marlin to find the courage to take risks and overcome his fears. In doing so, Marlin gains the ability to trust and believe, like Dory, that things will work out in the end.

Confronting seabirds, sewer systems, and even man himself, father and son's fateful separation ends in triumph. And the once-fearful Marlin becomes a true hero in the eyes of his son, and the entire ocean.

Finding Nemo - official site from Disney for the Pixar Studios animated underwater adventure.
Finding Nemo at ... A delightful undersea world unfolds in Pixar's animated adventure Finding Nemo.

Lord of the Rings
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Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

Directed by Peter Jackson
Writing credits  J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Frances Walsh (screenplay) ...
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure / Action
Tagline: This Christmas the journey ends.
Plot Outline: The former Fellowship of the Ring prepare for the final battle for Middle Earth, while Frodo & Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.

The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King has won 11 prizes out of a possible 11 at the Academy Awards.
The final part of the Tolkien trilogy achieved a clean sweep, including best picture and director for Peter Jackson.
It became the first fantasy film to win best picture - and equalled the record trophy tally at the Hollywood ceremony.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - official site from New Line Cinema for Peter Jackson's film adaptations of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Features news, trailers, DVD links, and more.

Peter Pan

Tinkerbell Links:
Peter Pan (1953), official site from Disney, focusing on the DVD release. Includes audio clips, trailer, wallpaper, and more. Peter Pan: includes news, links, and a synopsis.(2003)
Peter Pan Fan: dedicated to James Matthew Barrie's classic tale, with info on the stage, animated, book, and live action film versions.
Peter Pan: A Production History
Peter Pan (EBook), by J. M. Barrie electronic text of the James M. Barrie novel.
Peter Pan (Special Edition) DVD at ... Peter Pan has a special place in the realm of classic animated Disney films: it instills an element of childlike wonder. The 1953 version of James M. Barrie's story is colorfully told and ...


Peter Pan – the boy who would not grow up – has been helping other children to grow up for over 70 years.

Thanks to the generosity of Peter Pan's author, J M Barrie, who gave the copyright of his children’s classic to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in April 1929, the magical story has brought fairytale endings for many sick children treated here.

How much money Peter Pan has raised for GOSH over the years remains a tightly-guarded secret, as stipulated by Barrie in his will. But thanks to the enduring popularity of Peter, Wendy and Tinker Bell, not forgetting Captain Hook and the ticking crocodile, the hospital’s charity can look forward to many more years of public support.

Peter Pan himself turns 100 in 2004, and to mark his centenary, the hospital’s charity is planning a year of celebrations. See our anniversary page for more details.

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, dedicated in 2001 is in London's Kensington Gardens, the birthplace of the Peter Pan story. It features a pirate ship, a water play area, and teepees. It's built on the former site of a playground donated by J. M. Barrie who authored Peter Pan. One of Diana's favorite charities was London's Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. Before Barrie's death in 1938 he bequeathed the rights to Peter Pan to that hospital. In 1988 the rights ran out. In 1989 Parliment re-established those rights to Peter Pan as a one time special exception for as long as the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital exists.
Peter Pan 100th logo

100 years

You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!
Music by Sammy Fain. Lyrics by Sammy Cahn.

Think of the presents you've bought,
Any merry little thought.
Think of Christmas, think of snow,
Think of sleigh bells and off you go!
Like a reindeer in the sky,

You can fly! You can fly! You can fly!

Soon you'll zoom all around the room,
All it takes is faith and trust,
But the thing that's a positive must,
Is a little bit of pixie dust.
The dust is a positive must.

You can fly! You can fly! You can fly!

When there's a smile in your heart,
There's no better time to start.
It's a very simple plan,
You can do what the birdies can;
At least it's worth a try.

You can fly! You can fly! You can fly!


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