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2011 Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival

Presented by the Lewes Historical Society in Lewes, Delaware

Like collecting shells, fossils, or stones, ‘combing shorelines for sea glass is a hobby many beach-goers and beachcombers enjoy. Hobbyists often fill decorative jars with their collections and take great pleasure in sourcing out a shard’s original origin. Artisans craft beautiful, much sought after pieces of jewelry, stained glass and other decorative items from sea glass.

Sea glass can be found all over the world, but the beaches of the northeast United States, California, northwest England, Mexico, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Nova
Scotia, Italy and southern Spain are famous for their bounty of sea glass, bottles, bottle lips and stoppers, art glass, marbles, and pottery shards. The best times to look are during spring tides and during the first low tide after a storm.

Shards may also evidence a frosted side and a shiny side, most likely because they are pieces broken off from larger glass objects still embedded in mud, silt or clay, which are only slowly being exposed by wave action and erosion.

Sea glass has become a very collectible item in recent years and natural sea glass is becoming difficult to find.  Due to the decline in naturally occurring sea glass because of greater environmental awareness, it is becoming more expensive and harder to find.

In addition to artisans from across the nation coming to Lewes with fabulous sea glass jewelry, art and decorative pieces, lectures will be given on Saturday about sea glass collecting, photograph and local maritime history.

In 2010 The Lewes Historical Society hosted the first Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival attracting over 3,000 visitors to the event. The great sea glass artists will be joined by other coastal artists including decoy carvers and other waterfowl artists.

Hours for Artisans:

Saturday June 25, 2011  9 a.m. till 4 p.m. at the  Historic Complex, Second & Shipcarpenter St. Lewes, Delaware

Sunday June 26, 2011   9 a.m. till 3 p.m. at the Historic Complex,  Second & Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, Delaware

Where over 30+ Artisans from across the country, will be  displaying their wares for sale.

Speakers: To be announced

I just found out that….. Due to scheduling issues, the 2011 Sea Glass Speakers Series has been canceled. We regret any inconvience.

Around Town:

Members from the Delmarva Antique Bottle Club will be on hand to help identify shards and their possible bottle origin.  A shard exhibit and identification session will be held in the Midway School House at the Historical Complex.

Sea Glass Festival Package available at the Inn at Canal Square    302-644-3377

R and L Liquors will be offering Sea Glass Wine tasting on Saturday

M.E.R.R. will be set up in the 1812 Canal Park, for the 2nd Annual Wildlife Donation Drive.

Sand N Stones will be hosting Mark’s Delmarvalous Kettle-Korn and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, from Mark’s Kettle-Korn and Lemonade, on the Corner of 112 Front Street and the Lewes Post Office. Don’t forget to stop by Sand N Stones during the festival.

Holly will be there on Saturday selling local Delmarva beach glass.  She has some true treasures please come by and check them out. If you have any pieces of Sea Glass that you own and  would like to have wrapped, Michele will be inside Sand N Stones wire wrapping.

Advanced Tickets  will be for sale at  Sand N Stones and The Ryves Holt House Museum Shop beginning Memorial Day 2011. Passes are $5 and are good for both days of the show;  passes will enable the bearer to avoid the lines to enter the events.

This is an Annual  Lewes Historical Society Event, which takes place Last Weekend of June.

If you like this event you may also like the North American Sea Glass Association’s Festival

Pictures from 2010’s festival complements of, Gary de Blois, Seaglass Journal

19th Annual Delmarva Antique Bottle, Sea Glass Show has been canceled for 2011

The Beachcombing Conference

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