Old Fashioned Easter Celebration Mac-A-Cheek Castle

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Old Fashioned Easter Celebration
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Celebrate springtime at Mac-A-Cheek Castle, on April 14, 2019 in a special inter-generational program that starts at 3:30 pm and lasts for 90 minutes.  Engage in hands-on games and activities from The American Girls and Boys Handy Books, published in 1880s.  We will begin by hiding Easter eggs on the grounds surrounding Mac-A-Cheek Castle, located at 10051, Township Road 47, which is off State Route 287, 1 mile east of West Liberty, Ohio.

Inside the historic house museum, children will be invited to make an Easter card pictured in the 19th century Handy Books and to color another from the Piatt family collection.  An exhibit of 19th and 20th century Easter cards will be on view.  In the drawing room, families can share their own spring holiday customs and learn about how spring-time stories have played in the Piatt family celebrations.  Indoors and outdoors, children can play historical egg games from other countries including the German basket toss and an Irish game with rhyme.

Outside, all can enjoy an Easter egg roll like the one first played at the White House lawn when Ohioan, Rutherford B. Hayes was President.  We will conclude with an Easter egg hunt where teams search for eggs hidden by others.  No one leaves without an egg of treats. 

In addition to the fun of celebrating Easter in an historical setting, visitors can enjoy visiting the Castle a week before it opens to the public.  Regular tours of both Piatt Castles begin on Saturday, April 20.  The Castles are open on weekends only from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm through May 20.  On Memorial Day weekend, the Castles are open from 11:00 – 5:00, seven days a week, through Labor Day.  The weekend schedule returns after Labor Day weekend and continues through October 28. 

This program is sponsored by the Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities with partial support from the Mary Eleanor Morris Fund of the Columbus Foundation.  The admission fee supports interactive educational programs at Piatt Castles.  In case of an extreme rain storm, outdoor games will be adapted for inside play.