Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Easter Eggstravaganza at Middleton Place is a long-standing spring tradition. On Saturday, March 30, families are invited to visit the National Historic Landmark and take part in an exciting day of Easter traditions. But the event is far from the usual Easter Egg Hunt. The Eggstravaganza will send the fun into overdrive with the addition of activities like the egg toss, egg roll, egg dying, a reading of classic children’s tales, and a variety of colonial games.
After a brief orientation for visitors, the Easter Bunny will kick off the egg hunts. Un-dyed, hard-boiled eggs will be hidden among Middleton Place’s ancient Live Oaks and beautifully manicured lawns in three hunt locations separated by age group. Ceramic, hand-painted prize eggs will also be hidden. Prizes will be given to each child who finds one of these special eggs. Elevating the drama of the Easter egg hunt further, one purple ceramic egg will be hidden among the others in each age group. The children who find a purple egg will receive a prize, and their family will be registered for a drawing to win the Grand Prize: a Middleton Place Foundation annual membership for four.
After the hunt, children and their parents are invited to the Plantation Stableyards to dye their eggs and craft “sheep eggs” and “Easter crowns.” Later in the day, an egg toss will be held on the Greensward and an egg roll will take place down Middleton Place’s rolling terraces. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance on the Parterre at 11:30 a.m., and will be available to meet and greet children and take photos. Additionally, children can play colonial games such as rolling hoops on the Greensward.
Around mid-day, classic stories, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Country Bunny and The Little Golden Shoes, will be read aloud as families gather under the shade of magnolia trees overlooking the main parterre. Eggstravaganza activities will take place until 2 p.m., but families may linger at Middleton Place and delight in the day's regular activities all afternoon. Visitors can take a tour of the Gardens and see the azaleas at their most colorful, view heritage breed livestock and visit the artisan craft shops in the Stableyards, or tour the House Museum. The Middleton Place Restaurant will also be open, serving Low Country fare all day.
Gates open at 9 a.m. Easter Eggstravaganza starts at 10:30. There is no additional charge beyond general admission to participate in Easter Eggstravaganza, and the event is free to Middleton Place Foundation members and guests of the Inn at Middleton Place. For more information on the Eggstravaganza or to purchase tickets in advance, go to www.MiddletonPlace.org.
The mission of the Middleton Place Foundation, a public non-profit educational trust, is to sustain the highest levels of preservation and interpretation for the collections and programs of the Middleton Place National Historic Landmark, its Gardens, House, Plantation Stableyards and affiliated properties, such as the Edmondston-Alston House.