The Lewes Historical Society's 2020 Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival is scheduled on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 - at the Lewes Historical Society's Campus. Hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission to the festival is $5 per person per 1-1/2 hour time slot, or a full day ticket is $20 each day, children under 12 are free. Due to limited capacity on-site, timed tickets will be available on our website starting September 2th, or at the gate on both days of the festival, if available.
2020 is the 11th year for this event, and in consideration for everything that mankind has endured this year, is 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. The festival will feature dozens of sea glass and coastal artists in various mediums such as sea glass, wood, photography, painting, ceramics, metal and sculpture. Vendors come from up and down the East Coast.
New for 2020:
- Lectures! Look for Pure Sea Glass author, Richard LaMotte to be lecturing on Shard Identification. Author and NASGA Education Chair, Mary McCarthy will be lecturing on Sea Glass Marbles. These informative presentations will be offered digitally and available for viewing at the event over the weekend. Stay tuned for more details to come!
- The Lewes Historical Society's historic on-campus properties will be housing various Exhibitions from the past three centuries highlighting sea glass shards and corresponding historic glassware! This is sure to be a fascinating and educational display highlighting multiple sea glass exhibits from private collections as well as antique glassware!
- Bring the kids to the Kids Area and please allow them to touch various shards of sea glass to answer their questions about "What is it?" Check back with us for more touch free and safe kids activities!
- Beach Combing Treasure Contest and Shard ID is happening! Bring your favorite sea glass shards to enter in the contest located at 302 Savannah Road. Author, and North American Sea Glass Association Education Chair, Mary McCarthy will be at the LHS Museum Store and Information Center, located on the corner of 3rd Street and Savannah at 302 Savannah Road. She will be offering her expertise to show-goers, in identifying the origin of their sea glass shards and will be bringing an educational display of her own personal collection of sea glass. Sea glass collectors can enter their favorite pieces of sea glass in the “Beach Combing Treasure” contest at the Savannah Road location. Mary is also a featured “digital” speaker, along with Pure Sea Glass author, Richard LaMotte. Their informative presentations will be available for attendees to view by scanning a QR Code available at the event over the weekend.
- Collections will be displayed for you to learn about the origin of sea glass, including one of the largest collections of sea glass and corresponding glassware in the area!
Enjoy festive music and delicious food all weekend.
With greater environmental awareness, there has been a decline in naturally occurring sea glass, creating a great market for expensive, unique 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, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. 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.