In 2010 Lewes hosted the first Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass Festival, attracting over 3,000 visitors to the event. This year, more than forty sea glass artists will be joined by other coastal artists, including decoy carvers and other waterfowl artists. This event will also feature a great line-up of speakers, sea glass shard identification and other activities. Like collecting shells, fossils, or stones, combing shorelines for sea glass is a hobby many beach-goers and beachcombers enjoy. Hobbyists often fill decorative jars with their collections and take great pleasure in sourcing out a shard's original origin. Artisans craft beautiful, much sought after pieces of jewelry, stained glass and other decorative items 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. Sea glass has become a very collectible item in recent years and natural sea glass is becoming difficult to find. Due to the decline in naturally occurring sea glass because of greater environmental awareness, it is becoming more expensive and harder to find.
Hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday and 9:00am to 3:00pm, Sunday. Admission 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 at Sand ‘n’ Stones on Front Street or the Society’s Museum Gift Shop at the Ryves Holt House at Second and Mulberry Streets. For more information, visit www.historiclewes.org