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Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival

Sea Glass Festival
June 27, 2020
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Annual Event

The Lewes Historical Society announces the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival© on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 - at the Lewes Historical Society's Campus and on the outside grounds of Canal Park surrounding the Society's Life Saving Station on the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal in Lewes, Delaware. Hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday. Admission to the festival is $5 per person each day, to be paid at the gate; children under 12 are free.  Off-site parking is available. 

2020 is the 11th year for this event, and it’s expected to be better than ever!  The Historical Society will be focusing on the historic origins of sea glass and will be putting emphasis on the authenticity of shards at the show. It will feature nearly seventy sea glass and coastal artists including decoy carvers and waterfowl artists.  Vendors come from up and down the East Coast, and as far away as the Virgin Islands.

Enjoy festive live music and delicious food all weekend.  Learn the history of sea glass and bring your glass shards and bottles, as specialists will be available to identify your treasurers on-site.  

Searching for and collecting sea glass is a hobby many beachcombers enjoy. Sea Glass hunters often fill decorative jars with their collections and take great pleasure in sourcing out a shard's origin. Artisans craft beautiful pieces of jewelry, stained glass and other decorative treasures 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.

With greater environmental awareness, there has been a decline in naturally occurring sea glass, creating a great market for expensive and rare pieces. We hope to showcase these unique finds at the festival and offer opportunities for attendees to learn more about the history of sea glass.

The Lewes Historical Society invites the public to celebrate sea glass and coastal art on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. For more details about the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival or for more information on The Lewes Historical Society, contact 302-645-7670.

Vendor applications will be available soon.