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March 28, 2002|By Tricia Bishop

Annual White House Easter Egg Roll

The Cherry Blossom Festival isn't all that's going on in Washington this week: The annual White House Easter Egg Roll, the largest public event held at the president's pad, is Monday from 9 a.m. until about 2 p.m.

Originally held on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol (1865 to 1869), the egg roll moved to the White House lawn in 1878 after Congress passed a law forbidding the use of the Capitol grounds as a children's playground (apparently the landscaping was taking quite a beating).

There was no egg roll in 1877, but the next year, President Rutherford B. Hayes, having heard about the roll from children he encountered during his daily walk, issued an official order that any youngsters who showed up to roll at his house should be allowed to do so. The event has been held at the White House ever since.

The egg roll will be held on the White House's Ellipse and South Lawn. Admission is free. The event is open to the public, but timed-entry tickets are required. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the National Park Service (at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, 15th and E streets Northwest) on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. and on Monday starting at 7 a.m. Log onto www.whitehouse.gov or call 202-456-7041.

Ocean City Easter Art, Craft and Kids Fair

More than 125 craft vendors will display their wares - everything from garden ornaments to hammocks-in-a-bag - this weekend at the Ocean City Easter Art, Craft and Kids Fair. Kid-related activities include magic shows, ventriloquism acts, talent contests, puppet shows and face painting. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance, so don't forget your camera.

The fair runs Friday-Sunday at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 40th Street and Isle of Wight Bay. Hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1 to $3. Call Ocean Promotions at 410-524-7020.

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