Visiting D. C. for the
1982 White House Easter Egg Roll

By Patricia B. Mitchell.

Grandmother Reba Beaver, granddaughter Sarah Mitchell, and Patricia Mitchell outside the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D. C.

A Memorable Stay at the Hay-Adams

Food is normally my focus at feeding time, but at Easter, April 1982, breakfasts had an even more interesting emphasis — the view. My family, then consisting of husband Henry, little daughter Sarah, and my mother Reba Beaver were in D.C. primarily in order for Sarah to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll. We stayed at the Hay-Adams Hotel.

Our hotel window had a perfect view of “Nancy and Ronald's house.” What a thrill to enjoy this “extra helping” of the White House while sipping orange juice and savoring scrambled eggs or omelets!

Pricey But Nicey

The Hay-Adams is an Italian Renaissance landmark at One Lafayette Square NW. It was built in 1927 on the site of houses owned by statesman and author John Milton Hay, and historian Henry Brooks Adams. The interior decor is Georgian and Edwardian. The Lafayette Room is an elegant, bright dining area overlooking Lafayette Square and the White House. Contemporary American cuisine is served, and also afternoon tea. The Off the Record Bar, like the main dining room, is a meeting spot for politicans and other “bigwigs.”

With a View of the White House

What a view, and French toast, too!

The Rabbit May Help

Perhaps the rabbit will help eat all this food.

Feeling Pampered

What fun to feel pampered!

Planning the Next Meal

Planning the next meal?

Bullwinkle at the White House

The Washington Monument and Bullwinkle preside over the egg-rolling.

A Feathered Friend

Feathers, a White House duck. (Some of the costumed characters were actually Secret Service agents.)


Garfield greets Sarah and Patricia Mitchell.

Sam Donaldson

ABC White House correspondent Sam Donaldson and his camera crew waited with us against a rope for about an hour. We had the same goal: speaking to President Reagan — we for a memory, he for the evening news. (In this photograph, the tops of Sarah and Henry Mitchell's heads are in the foreground.) Finally, the President walked nearby, and cordially waved in our direction.

President Reagan arrives

Find President Reagan (hint: near the center of the photo). Watchful Secret Service agents in dark suits swarmed everywhere.



Official Graphic

This was the official logo contributed by Charles Schulz for the 1982 White House Easter Egg Roll, shown here on the cover of the printed program, and also used on the white plastic bags with souvenirs given to all young participants.

White House Pass

This was one of the White House visitor's passes obtained by Virginia's Fifth District Congressman Dan Daniel for the author and her family.

Capitol Pass

Similarly, this card (both front and back are shown) granted admittance to the U. S. Capitol Building.