In 1957, Ron Manolio and his suburban Cleveland family saved up a year’s worth of eggshells, painted them, and placed them on their lawn for Easter morning passersby to enjoy. The attention generated by that not-so-simple act would change the lives of a family, a community, and thousands of strangers. Soon, the Manolios were transforming their front yard into a childlike dreamworld of color, fantasy and creativity, with tens of thousands of eggshells. “Mom and Dad used to put a few eggs in the bushes to celebrate Easter. I guess I took it a little further”, he says without a hint of knowing understatement.
“Eggshelland” is the story of Ron and Betty Manolio, and their unique 52-year family tradition - an inspiring, colorful, quirky and poignant display of art and obsession. Celebrating Easter and Spring in their own unique way every year, the Manolios have brought joy to generations of Midwesterners waking from a long, gray winter. But “Eggshelland” is more than a suburban lawn display. It's a beautiful, funny, strange and emotional story of the many lives that have been touched, the never-ending joy of childhood in the Spring, and the resounding contentment of a life well lived.