Easter egg hunt has officially begun. “Lucky” is the name of our
newest Kindle™ and he is responsible for distributing lucky eggs in
stores all across the country. You won’t be able to miss him because
he’s dressed in a bunny suit and is holding a special Easter egg
with a wooden coin inside. Each coin has been stamped with a number
On March 31st, 24 lucky numbers will be drawn and posted at www.byerschoice.com. If the number on your coin matches one
of the numbers drawn, you will win a special holiday bunny Caroler.®
If your number was not selected, there may still be another
opportunity for you to win. Any unclaimed prizes as of April 15th
will go into a second drawing of those remaining numbers that were
registered on our website.
For more detailed information about our hunt as well as the rules
and regulations, log on to
click on the Easter bunny. Good luck and happy hunting.
contestants will each receive the adorable Byers’ Choice bunny
figurine pictured above if their winning numbers are drawn on Easter
“Lavender blue, dilly dilly…”
among the plants grown by the monks in Merton Abbey in 1301,
lavender has long been a popular herb in British gardens. Lavender
is associated with cleanliness, and ladies of the manor houses used
it to freshen their Home Pages by tossing it among linens and mixing it
with beeswax to make furniture polish. Queen Victoria was so fond of
lavender that she made it a fashionable fragrance among English
ladies. Those who could not afford the essence would buy fresh
lavender from the street vendors, encouraged by the cries:
Come buy my lavender, sweet maids,
You cannot think it dear,
There must be profit in all trades
Mine comes but once a year.
Just put one bundle to your nose,
What rose can this excel;
Throw it among your finest clothes,
And grateful they will smell.
Lady is dressed in just the right shade of lavender blue with a
basket of the herb slung across her shoulder. She holds up a bundle
to wave through the air to release its fresh scent, enticing
the Ladies Professional Golf Association was not formed until 1944,
the game was popular with women long before that. In fact, it has
been documented that Mary, Queen of Scots became an avid golfer in
Our new Lady
Golfer has arrived just in time to accompany her partner to the
first tee. Her navy plaid skirt matches his knickers quite nicely,
and her brimmed straw hat will keep her well shaded as they finish
their round in the afternoon sun.
Colonial Williamsburg Event
June 7 & 8, 2002
place captures the spirit of liberty as well as Colonial
Williamsburg. In the late 18th century, as the debates regarding
independence raged in the House of Burgesses, delegates still sought
diversions to help take their minds off of the politics of the day.
A favorite means of entertainment at that time was a dance. And so
we would like to extend an invitation to all of you to join us the
weekend of June 7th & 8th in Williamsburg for a colonial ball.
planned two very special receptions for us on Saturday afternoon,
the 8th, filled with the sights and sounds of Jefferson’s
Williamsburg. We will be greeted by costumed footmen, as if the
Governor were presiding. Balladeers will entertain us as we have the
opportunity to dine on local delicacies, such as Virginia ham
biscuits, Chesapeake Bay seafood, tea sandwiches and sippets.
Afterward, colonial dancers will demonstrate many of the popular
dances of the day, and perhaps will entice a guest or two to
To capture the
feeling of the weekend, Joyce has designed a pair of colonial
figures dressed in their finest to show off at the ball. The man
dressed in a burgundy coat with gold trim sporting a walking stick
and the woman in green with lots of ribbons, lace and a painted fan
are all prepared for an evening of merriment.
promises to be a great way to relive the history of our country.
From the food, entertainment and the opportunity to walk the streets
of Washington, Jefferson, and Henry, it should be a terrific event.
Please join us for this and other fun activities throughout the
2002 Williamsburg Family
Our 2002 line of
Colonial Carolers® depict some of the best Christmas traditions of
Colonial Williamsburg. Daughter is bringing apples to
Mother, to help prepare an apple cone centerpiece for the table.
Father and Son are working on lighting the cresset, a
metal “cup” on a pole that is filled with fatwood and lit as a
Colonial Man and Woman with Flags
Man and Woman with Flags are holding different flags for
good reason. As the colonies began to discuss their future
relationship with Mother England, they chose to adopt the Grand
Union Flag as their symbol. This appealed to both Loyalists, who
appreciated the presence of the English flag, and those aspiring
independence who were attracted to the thirteen stripes symbolizing
colonial unity. It served as the American flag through the first
year of the revolution, and thus is perfect for our Colonial Man
with Flag to be seen marching down the Duke of Gloucester Street
in Williamsburg to the sound of a fife and drum.
tradition, a secret committee of the Continental Congress, which
included George Washington and George Ross (uncle to Betsy’s late
husband), approached the upholsterer to make the first flag. It was
adopted in June 1776 to promote national unity and pride. Washington
reputedly said, “Let the thirteen stars in a circle stand for a new
constellation in the heavens.” And the new flag was born.
The joy and beauty of motherhood are
captured in our Mother with Bassinet figurine, reminding us
of a treasured moment. You can almost hear the sweet lullaby of this
young mother as she sings to her sleeping child.
A perfect gift for
a mother-to-be, new mother, or for anyone celebrating Mother’s Day.
The baby’s blanket will come in either pink or blue.
In 1982, Byers’
Choice introduced the first Easter children. Some of you may
remember the Easter Girl wearing a white eyelet dress with a straw
hat accompanied by a boy wearing blue pants and holding a lamb. In
2001, a similar version of this girl holding a nest filled with
chicks was sold in our Emporium at the factory and was very well
As fresh as
springtime and ready for all of the Easter festivities, this little
girl has just found some newly-hatched chicks in the hen house.
What a fun
The Luck of the Irish
Isn’t there a wee
bit of Irish in each one of us? For St. Patrick’s Day and all
through the year, Hops and Rich are joining Charm
to make merry…and of course, a little (O.K., a lot!) of mischief.
always the first Kindle™ to raise a pint of his favorite stout in
order to make a toast to life, love and his beloved Emerald Isle
while only Rich holds the secret to finding what lies at the
end of every rainbow.