“Ukrainian eggs bring families together”

An annual Easter egg workshop at Mount Airy Museum of Regional History on Saturday provided both an opportunity for some quality time for family members and a chance to learn a new art form.

“Pysanka” is the Ukrainian word for Easter eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method. The word pysanka comes from a word which means “to write” or “to inscribe,” as the designs are not painted on, but written or inscribed with beeswax.

Though the word is Ukrainian, pysanka is popular throughout eastern Europe. In the Orthodox church, they are brought to church to be blessed on Easter, and are thought to bring good fortune for the rest of the year.

It’s a really fun class,” said Karen Nealis, who has taught the class for the past three years. “Everybody got along. You’d have thought we were family already.

Several of the participants already were. Various family configurations: a grandmother and granddaughter, two sisters, a mother and sons, as well as a mother and her daughter’s best friend all signed up for the class.