Pittsboro couple joins Obamas for White House Easter Egg Roll
by Associated Press
Dr. Alan Jones stands in front of the White House during the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll.
Cathy and Alan Jones taught children how to make garden necklaces with carrot and lettuce seeds at the White House Easter Egg Roll.
Pittsboro resident Cathy Jones poses with the Easter bunny at the White House Easter Egg Roll.
President Barack Obama and the first lady kicked off the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll Monday with more than 30,000 people assembling on the south lawn.
Among those in attendance was a Pittsboro couple, who volunteered at the event.
Cathy and her husband Dr. Alan Jones set up a booth to show children how to make garden necklaces with carrot and lettuce seeds. Dr. Jones is the president of the American Society of Plant Biologists.
Monday's event's theme was "Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape" and featured live music, yoga and obstacle courses in addition to the egg roll, sports and storytelling.
Obama reprised what has become an annual reading of Maurice Sendak's children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are." With a group of children arrayed before him, Obama mimicked the book's monsters, gnashing his teeth and growling and challenging the youngsters to a staring contest.
Mrs. Obama also participated in a healthy snack cooking demonstration with celebrity chef Marc Murphy and cast members of Disney's "Jessie." The group prepared fruit salad with honey and kale smoothies.
"I have a smoothie like this almost every day," she said, adding that she likes to include green apples and ginger in her green drink.
Mrs. Obama did her own storytelling, making an appearance with the family's dogs, Sunny and Bo, who quickly disappeared for their own walks with National Park Service staffers. The first lady read "My Garden" to the youngsters and asked what non-foods they would grow in their garden. After the children replied "money," she said, "Wow, this is a very sophisticated crew."