Since 1957, Ron and Betty Manolio have been decorating their front lawn every Easter with giant mosaics made out of thousands of hand-painted eggshells.
The Manolios live in a small ranch house in a tight cul-de-sac, so they don't have a very large yard, but they manage to fill the entire thing with a few different distinct designs annually that range from religious iconography to zoo animals. In the past, the Manolios have recreated scenes from "The Wizard of Oz" and other movies and built Indian chiefs and Mickey Mouse. Without fail, the couple have built a 50-foot cross and giant Easter Bunny each year.
The display only lasts for 10 days every year, going up on Palm Sunday and staying in place until the Tuesday after Easter and recycles painted eggs from previous years. The couple empties the eggs of their contents, dries them out, and paints them. If they need touching up before a new display is created, they do that too. The eggs are stored in the off season in boxes of 250 each.
Over the years, the Manolios have had to rebuild their collection almost from scratch several times. In 1998, for example, a hail storm destroyed more than 10,000 shells.
In 2000, the couple appeared on the Montel Williams Show. They have always received plenty of local coverage and have also been featured on "Ripley's Believe It or Not," "Extreme Cuisine," CNN and the "Today Show."
Ron Manolio passed away at age 82 in August, 2012. His family held the final Eggshelland, featuring an eggshell mosaic portrait of him, for Easter 2013. In 2014, Eggshelland found a new home at the Lyndhurst tennis courts.