Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont hosted its second annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23. The free event, held from 1-3 p.m., provided visually impaired and blind individuals and their families an opportunity to participate in a non-traditional Easter egg hunt.
The 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 event also included “touch tours” of Gari Melcher’s studio and home, which allowed visitors to explore various features of Belmont with their hands. Games, Wegman’s-sponsored healthy snacks, a visit with the Easter bunny and a “Touch a Tractor” station rounded out the day’s activities.
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, Va., a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge. The museum also serves as the official Stafford County Visitor Center. For directions and other information, call (540) 654-1015 or visit the museum website at www.GariMelchers.org.
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News release prepared by: Michelle Crow-Dolby