LYNDHURST, Ohio-- It has been an Easter holiday tradition that has been "eggs"-tra special and unique to Northeast Ohio for more than a half century. But, sadly this will be the last year for Eggshelland.
More than 18,000 individually-painted eggshells transform the Manolio front yard on Linden Lane in Lyndhurst into a one-of-a-kind Easter display.
Each year, Eggshelland has a 45-foot cross and beautifully decorated Easter bunny. This was the first time 9-year-old Georgia Zele of Wickliffe came to see Eggshelland. "I think this is one of the coolest things I ever saw,” she said.
Rita Paul of Willowick brought her 2-year-old grandson to see it. "I think it is awesome and I give the family a lot of credit,” Paul said.
This year, the display includes an image of Ron Manolio, who started Eggshelland with his wife Betty in 1957. Ron passed away last year. "Actually, my children suggested that we do one last year. And, I thought it would be a good idea to pay tribute to my husband who was the actual heart of Eggshelland,” Betty said.
She would design the displays, but, it was Ron who painted each individual eggshell. This year, the family used only the eggs they already had.
Natalie Nichols and her sister Claire of Cleveland Heights said this is something they looked forward to seeing each year. “And I thought it was really cool. I think Claire and I looked forward to seeing what different picture would be there."
The Eggshelland display has always had a theme. This year, it's quite simply: a labor of love. “It's just a labor of love: a tribute to Ron and a thank you to everybody who came to see it,” Betty said.
The Manolios said they have enjoyed bringing so much joy to so many people over the past 55 years. And, for those who have experienced Eggshelland, the Nichols' sisters summed it up the best: "Thank you very much. They bring joy and creativeness to Easter and it's a great celebration and they just kind of add to that."
Eggshelland will be on display until April 5.