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Easter Sunday, April 20, 2003, at Eggshelland
"Let's Fly"

For the last 45 years Ron and Betty Manolio in Lyndhurst, Ohio, have decorated
their front yard with eggshells for the Easter Season.    This year's theme is Let's Fly.
36,020 eggshells were used in this year's display which features The Ohio Bicentennial with the
Wright Brothers Plane, The Power Puff Girls, Spiderman  and
the Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial "To Valor".
Eggshelland will be on display from April 13th thru April 21st.

My thanks to Ron and Betty!

Let's Fly
36,020 Real Eggshell Display
April 20, 2003
    Eggshelland is a unique Easter Display, presented by Ron and Betty
Manolio of Lyndhurst, Ohio.  This will be its 45th 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 21 brilliant colors
of 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, and the Progressive Insurance Co.,
cafeteria.  Ron makes a hole the size of a dime in the egg, and Betty shakes
out the contents.  The eggshells 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 again each year, and 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 2-3000 shells).
In 2002, 6 inches of snow covered the display most of the week.  There
was an icestorm on Thurs. that caused pressure which broke 11,941 shells.
The theme this year is Let's Fly .  The total number of shells used in the

 display is 36,020.  The display includes; The Ohio Bicentennial with the Wright Bros. Plane with 7,614 shells, the The Power Puff Girls with 6303 shells,
Spiderman with 3,591and Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial "To Valor" with 3,173 shells.

    We always receive excellent local coverage and  in 2000, we appeared on
the Montel Williams Show and wewere 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 an English language newspaper in Japan.  The display is lit at night with 30 floodlights at night, and will be up from April 13th thru April 21st.  
     Happy Easter, Ron and Betty Manolio
Courtesy of
Sidewalk Cafe - Mentor
Sidewalk Cafe - Euclid
Nick Sarri

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Eggshelland 2002
Design in Progress.  Will be completed as photos are available of Eggshelland 2003.
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Larger than life-size
characters from xxx.   delight the children!

Eggshelland 2003, the 45th year with 36,020 eggshells!

Eggshelland always includes the 50ft Cross.
egg      egg

Blossom, commander and the leader 
Bubbles, she is the joy and the laughter 
Buttercup, she's the toughest fighter 
Powerpuffs save the day... 
Fighting crime, trying to save the world 
Here they come just in time, the Powerpuff Girls 
Fighting crime, trying to save the world 
Here they come just in time, the Powerpuff Girls 




Wright Brothers History:  The Tale of the Airplane
Wright Brothers National Memorial  - Located in Kill Devil Hills, NC

The US Centennial of Flight Commission - presents Born of Dreams - Inspired by Freedom
EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk - December 17, 2003!
Fayetteville, NC to Kick Off Festival of Flight 2003 for 11 days in May 2003 will present arts festivals, educational exhibits, and events highlighting Fayetteville's rich heritage, flight demonstrations, air shows and the largest Memorial Day parade in North Carolina. The festival, with an emphasis on education, should be worthy of the Wright brothers' momentous achievement on that cold December day at Kitty Hawk.
Wright Brothers 100 Years of Flight - Rochester Museum & Science Center Exhibits, Saturday Apr. 26, 2003

   Memorial Shuttle graphic Shuttle Crew Shuttle
NASA: Space Shuttle Columbia and Her Crew  -  the STS-107 crew, mission, and the ongoing investigation.
NASA Space Shuttle  - orbiter facts, mission countdown and status, and other information. Lost - Space Shuttle Columbia  - special report covering the accident, loss and mourning of the crew, and the investigation into the Shuttle's breakup.
CBS News: The Columbia Disaster  - collection of articles and video clips covering the Space Shuttle Columbia accident.
NASA Kennedy Space Center  - official site for NASA's center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Site offers visitor information, educational resources, KSC history, multimedia, and schedule of launches and landings. STS-107 Special Report  - coverage and resources range from Columbia's research objectives to the Shuttle's re-entry disaster.

ABC News: Shuttle Disaster  - latest news, profiles of the astronauts, slideshows, video, and more concerning the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
NY Times: Loss of the Shuttle  - provides interactive news and analysis of the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Registration required.

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Eggshelland 2001
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Snow blanket
Eggshelland under the snow on March 27, 2002
Ron's Greenhouse

Betty and Ron
Thanks to Ron and Betty Manolio of Lyndhurst, Ohio,
For giving friends, family and neighbors years of enjoyment at Easter.

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