The colors of sea glass will be on display along with an incredible selection of artwork at the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27. The event will benefit the Lewes. Historical Society and take place at various company-owned properties in Lewes.
The goal of the 11th year of the event is to educate the public on the historical origins of sea glass and the history of glass over the past three centuries, while ensuring the safety of the community. The festival will feature 40 sea glass and coastal themed artists in various mediums including authentic sea glass, wood, photography, painting, ceramics, metal and sculpture.
“For this year’s event, we are selling advance tickets online in order to manage the number of people attending the festival at any given time,” said Dana Ferreri, LHS Events Coordinator. “We will have an entry and exit point, and a designated path for participants to follow all over the course. Vendors will be distributed throughout the campus as well as numerous hand sanitizing stations. Everyone will wear a face cover. ”
With greater awareness of the environment, there has been a decline in natural sea glass, creating a demand for rare, unique and older pieces. The Lewes Historical Society will present these unique finds at the festival and provide attendees with the opportunity to display their own treasures and learn more about the history of sea glass.
North American Sea Glass Association author and education president Mary McCarthy will be at the LHS Museum Shop and Information Center at 302 Savannah Road. McCarthy, who is also the executive director of the newly opened Beachcombing Center near St. Michaels, Md., Will offer her expertise to show attendees the identification of the origin of their shards of sea glass. She will also bring an educational display of her own personal sea glass collection. Collectors can enter their favorite sea glass pieces for the Beach Combing Treasure competition at the Savannah Road location. McCarthy is also a featured virtual speaker, with “Pure Sea Glass” author Richard LaMotte. Their informative presentations will be available to attendees by scanning a QR code available at the event over the weekend.
The Lewes Historical Society’s main campus at 110 Shipcarpenter St. will host a variety of exhibits showcasing shards of sea glass and corresponding historic glassware from the past 300 years. Curated by sea glass enthusiast Stu Jacobs, these fascinating and educational exhibits will feature several exhibits of sea glass from private collections, as well as antique glassware. Jacobs’ daughter, Emily, will present a dress she made entirely of sea glass. This exhibit will be housed in the company’s 18th century Rabbit’s Ferry House. Visitors can walk around the building and view thousands of pieces of sea glass. The capacity will be closely monitored at all times for the safety of all.
The children’s area: what is it? will be located in the outdoor garden of Cannonball House at 118 Front Street. Festival attendees will be able to take their children to see and learn about the origins of mysterious shards of sea glass and other unique beach finds from around the world. Capacity will also be limited in this outdoor location and face masks must be worn by everyone.
Limited-capacity parking shuttles will operate from the University of Delaware Virden Center to the main LHS campus throughout the weekend. The company asks attendees to arrive in town well before their ticket entry time and bring cashless payments or exact change.
Timed tickets to the main campus site are available for purchase online or at the door on event days, if available. The other Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival venues can be visited at any time during the event with proof of ticket purchase, but their capacity is limited due to government mandates. Admission to major festival campus events will be $ 5 for every 1.5 hours, or $ 20 for a day pass that allows everyone to attend in a safe and manageable manner. Children under 12 can attend for free.
For more information or to volunteer to help make this year’s event safe and fun, call 302-645-7670.