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Easter Egg Hunt for Visually Impaired and Blind Individuals

Beeping Easter Eggs will be hunted at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont.

The second annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 23, at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont. 

Specially designed plastic Easter eggs, donated by Stafford County-based International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, emit a beeping sound that allows visually impaired children to retrieve the eggs using their ears.

The free event will provide visually impaired and blind individuals and their families an opportunity to participate in a non-traditional Easter egg hunt.  It will take place from 1 - 3 p.m., regardless of weather.

The event also will include “touch tours” of Gari Melcher’s studio and home, which will allow visitors to explore various features of Belmont with their hands. Games, Wegmans-sponsored healthy snacks, a visit with the Easter bunny and a “Touch a Tractor” station will round out the day’s activities.

Eligible families should RSVP by Monday, March 18, to Michelle Crow-Dolby, education and communication manager at mdolby@umw.edu or 540-654-1851.

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.

Michelle Crow-Dolby of the University of Mary Washington provided this information.

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emmak March 31, 2013 at 07:50 PM
What a great idea! I wonder if these types of eggs will be sold anywhere?
Kathy Fenstermacher April 01, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Congratulations to the company for providing this to the visually impaired children and their families.

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