February 20, 2019

Belmont Hosts Annual Beeping Egg Hunt

The specially designed eggs allow children to find them using their hearing. The 8th annual event will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at Gari Melchers Home and Studio.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont will host its eighth annual Beeping Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 14.

The egg hunt provides an opportunity for visually impaired and blind children, along with their families, to participate in an audible egg hunt. The event will run from 2-4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The specially designed plastic eggs, donated by the Stafford County-based International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, emit a beeping sound that allows children to retrieve the eggs using their hearing. The event also includes a miniature animal petting zoo, sensory crafts, gallery activities and Wegman’s-sponsored healthy snacks.

During the 1920s and ’30s, Corinne Melchers, with her husband’s encouragement, hosted Easter parties for area children at their Belmont home featuring egg rolls, puppet shows and plenty of favors.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by the University of Mary Washington, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Virginia, a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Michelle Crow-Dolby, education and communications manager, at mdolby@umw.edu or 540-654-1851.

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