Maine will be represented at this Monday’s annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House by two things: hard-carved eggs made by Wells Woodturning and Finishing of Buckfield, and a visit from the Maine-created Wompkees, who will be visiting children at the roll.
A life-size version of one of the Wompkees, Twig, will join other famous characters including Bugs Bunny, Mr. Potato Head and Finn and Jake from “Adventure Time” at the Easter Egg Roll, The event is held Monday, April 1, on the South Lawn of the White House, and this year is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!” The event will feature live music, sports, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling.
The Wompkees, created by Windham residents Con Fullam and Maura Clarke in 1994, are furry, big-eared elflike creatures that have the ability to communicate with all the beings and animals in the world. Fullam and Clarke’s creations have been featured in two feature-length movies, a number of books and as plush toys and puppets. The Wompkees franchise also has partnered with the Maine Credit Union League’s End Maine Hunger campaign, and has helped serve thousands of meals to Maine children.
The Easter Egg Roll also has traditionally featured collectible wooden eggs for both those invited to the roll and for the general public to purchase until supplies last. For the past seven years the eggs have been made by Wells Wood Turning and Finishing in Buckfield, which created five different eggs for the occasion. Each year the bunny embossed on the front is shown doing something different; this year it’s jumping rope. The fifth egg features the likeness of President Obama’s family dog, Bo, complete with paw print signature. The set of five eggs costs $29.99, or you can purchase individual eggs for $7.99. They may be ordered through the National Parks website at easter.nationalparks.org.