Every year without fail I get cozy on my couch and browse Oprah’s list of favorite things. I’m hoping to find something exciting, or at least useful, to fulfill my loved ones’ Christmas lists. Then an epiphany came to me last Tuesday afternoon as I sat at my desk drinking a cup of afternoon coffee: If Oprah can have a list of her favorite things, so can we!
Mister Ed’s has a long history of great events, dating back to our founding in 1975. But for more than two-and-a-half decades, we took a hiatus from events until the third generation reinvigorated the special tradition. Read more about our events, including tomorrow’s Great Pumpkin Party.
I can still remember riding my little red tricycle around, and around, and around its huge trunk, shaded by its generous canopy. I can see my grandparent’s dog, Sam, who had the most soulful, big brown eyes, loosely chained to its trunk, watching as her people cleaned blue and white striped tents, blue crates, and black carpets in the clearing. Forever dusted in peanut debris, whether from the antique roasters that spin jumbos over open flame, eroding brown shells into fine particles of dust; or from the pitter patter of chipmunk and squirrel feet as they carry discarded shells to and fro on its branches.
It’s peanut day at Mister Ed’s! Each Thursday we roast at least five or six small batches of our Virginia jumbo peanuts in our Peanut Roastery, a small shed just outside the store’s back door. Thursdays are a real treat to stroll our grounds, because there are few things better than the smell of good nuts roasting.
Mother Nature has forced our hand, and there’s no way we’ll be able to hold Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Party, as scheduled. But we do have a new plan for a “Huntless Egg Hunt Egg-stravaganza,” where kids of all ages can get in on the fun of an egg hunt (the sugar coma, the fun prizes), without having to race to gather eggs.
Phew! We’ve been busy all week preparing for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. When Isaac and I decided to start this family tradition, we never dreamed it would grow into what it has – 600 kids over two hunts. We love providing this event free-of-charge for the Adams and Franklin county communities.
When “Mister Ed” Gotwalt founded Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium 41 years ago, he never dreamed it would evolve into what it is today – a zany, beloved, successful business visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year. He also never expected to see his granddaughter and her husband as its owners or his great-grandson greeting customers.