Due to COVID-19 and the uncertainties of the state mandates for re-opening, the Lewes Historical Society's 2020 Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival has been rescheduled to 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 each day, children under 12 are free. Tickets will be available on our website starting September 1, or at the gate on both days of the festival.
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 over fifty 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 will be offered! 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. Paul Nasca the Delaware Historical and Cultural Affairs Archaeologist will be speaking on shards discovered from local shipwrecks. 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?" Kids can partake in searching in the sand(box) for their own shard to bring home! Check back with us for more details on the kids activities!
- Shard Contest - Bring your favorite piece of sea glass and enter it in the Sea Glass Shard Contest to win money! Several opportunities to win in various categories!
- Collections will be displayed for you to learn about the origin of sea glass, including one of the largest collections of Lewes Dairy Milk bottles in the area!
Enjoy festive 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.
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. We are also proud to announce that this event is a "Plastic-Free" festival! Leave your plastic bags, straws, forks and cups home please!
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.
For questions, please email Dana.