HALL: Some bunny up there loves this: Vintage dresses contribute to the Easter excellence


Easter breakfast table in the Kontos house. On the kitchen counter of this Destin home, there are more rabbit decorations, colorful bags filled with surprises for friends and an Easter basket with an open bunny book that Laynee read from as a child.

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Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 06:07 PM.

“Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin’ down the bunny trail, hippity hoppity Easter’s on its way.” This is the beginning lines of a song that came from a 1971 TV Series. The idea came from a 1957 novel, “The Easter Bunny That Overslept.” This song is familiar to us all, but did you know that Peter is not always a charming and delightful rabbit? He has a propensity for boasting and telling fibs. Fortunately, when his left ear droops, you know he is into telling another fib.

Too bad this doesn’t happen with our kids, and we could amaze them with our ability to see right through their cloudy commentary.

At any rate, I am passing through Seaside and decide to pull into The Pickets parking area. The Pickets is a gift shop and garden area owned by Jo Ann Mathis. The colorful annuals are already lined up waiting for Jo Ann to get them in the ground. Bunnies are already lined up around the fountain in the front yard waiting for Easter and the garden is open for all to visit.

Getting back into Destin, I pass a mailbox planted with Easter-egg colored flowers and a large poufy bow of yellow, pink and green. Both doors have colorful wreaths filled with ornamental Easter eggs. I have a hunch something really good is inside.

This home belongs to Leon and Laynee Kontos in Destin. Laynee’s daughter Mary Brennan McWilliams, known as Mae Mae, is not present the day I visit. After I knock on the door, Laynee asks me to come in. Just as I suspect, the breakfast table is set with fine china, rabbit pictures on the plates and bunnies and eggs grace the middle.

The home was beautifully decorated and I was about the leave when Laynee beckoned me to come into Mary Brennan’s bedroom for a special treat.

From under the bed, Laynee pulls out this large box and takes off the top for me to have a look inside. What a delightful and exciting surprise appeared as sheets of preservative paper is carefully taken away. Several heirloom, hand-sewn dresses begin to appear, one after the other.

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