Friday, June 21 - Saturday, June 22
The Lewes Historical Society announces the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, in the Historic Complex at Second and Shipcarpenter Streets in Lewes. Hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday and 9:00am to 3:00pm, Sunday.
Admission to the festival is $5 per person; children under 12 free; a wrist band will be issued allowing entrance both days. Wrist bands can be purchased in advance in historic Lewes at Sand ‘n’ Stones on Front Street or the Society’s Museum Gift Shop at the Ryves Holt House at Second and Mulberry Streets.
Craft projects will be available for children under 12 on both days.
Last year, the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass Festival, attracted over 3,000 visitors. 2013 is the fourth year for this event and will feature more than sixty sea glass artists will be joined by other coastal artists, including decoy carvers and waterfowl artists.
Like collecting shells, fossils, or stones, combing shorelines for sea glass is a hobby many beachcombers enjoy. Sea Glass hobbyists 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 treasurers 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.
With greater environmental awareness, there has been a decline in naturally occurring sea glass, creating a great market for expensive and rare pieces.
The Lewes Historical Society invites the public to celebrate sea glass and coastal art on June 22 and 23. For more information concerning the event, contact 302-645-7670.