A Washington Tradition and Crystal Elegance

 Did you know that a Washington, D. C. Easter tradition was started by an Ohioan?

 In 1878, when Rutherford B. Hayes was President of the United States, he was taking a walk near the White House in Washington, D. C. when its said a youngster came up to him and asked if kids could roll Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn.

 You see a few years earlier a fad had started in Washington on the day after Easter each year when youngsters would bring their Easter eggs to the U. S. Capitol grounds and have contests rolling the eggs down the steep lawn of the Capitol.  It became a problem because so many children became involved that the lawn suffered and Congressmen became so concerned for the appearance of the Capitol grounds that they passed a resolution banning the use of the lawns as a children’s playground.  Hence, the young boy’s request of the President.

 Hayes is said to have gone back to the White House and after talking with his staff and his wife, Lucy, decided to throw open the gates of the Executive Mansion to youngsters on the Monday after Easter and continue their practice of rolling eggs.  Starting a tradition that continues to this day.  But now the tradition has also become an Ohio event.

 The Buckeye version of the Easter Egg Roll started in 1986, and is held on the lawn in front of the Hayes Home in Fremont and also attracts hundreds of children and their families each spring.

 This year the Hayes Easter Egg Roll will be held on Saturday, April 3rd from 2 to 3:30 PM.  Admission to the grounds is three-hardboiled colored eggs for the egg rolling contests.  The egg rolling is limited to children ages three to ten years of age.

 Admission to the estate is free, there is an admission charge to both the museum and the home.

 The Hayes Presidential Center is located at 1 Spiegelgrove, Fremont.  You can call them at 419-332-2081 or visit their website at http://www.rbhayes.org

 Just a few miles down the road from Fremont is Tiffin and the place where the famed Tiffin Crystal Glass tradition is kept alive.

 Crystal Traditions offers tours and demonstrations of glass carving by an artist with international experience.  Aiden Scully, formerly of Ireland, who is a Master Clear Cutter and Designer, and one of only three glass cutters in the United States that can do what is called “Brilliant Cutting.” He gives demonstrations of hand-cutting crystal into museum quality pieces. 

  Erinn Bessler, a graduate of the Columbus College of Art Design, gives demonstrations of glass blowing, working with molten glass in a furnace that is heated to 21-hundred degrees. It is so hot she has to wear welding glasses to protect her eyes….

..Read the rest of this story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Saturday, March 27, 2010 or on line at their website: www.cleveland.com

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