North American Sea Glass Festival in OCMD Benefits Shoreline Conservation
Sea glass collecting is a hobby for many and the North American Sea Glass Festival aims to show it.
After a successful event in 2015, President of the Sea Glass Association, Kim Hannon, says the organization decided to change this years festival days to Friday and Saturday, instead of Saturday and Sunday, to attract even more people.
“We are hoping to get some of the people in town on Friday that plan on leaving on Saturday,” Hannon says.
The North American Sea Glass Festival will include 53 exhibitors who are all members of the association, showing off their genuine sea glass. Also featured at the event will be a mix of collectors, artists, novices, authors, exhibitors and speakers.
The festival’s newest addition is the ‘Sea Glass Soiree’ on Friday evening. The soiree is open to the public, offering live entertainment, bartenders and more, granting attendees exclusive first access to the artists and authors participating in the festival.
The ‘Shard of the Year’ Contest will take place on Saturday, offering opportunities to enter authentic beach finds to win cash prizes. There will be additional winners in up to 11 possible subcategories, including Runner-up, Pottery/Ceramics, Whimsical/Toys, Bottle Stoppers, Most Unusual, Historical, Art Glass, Marbles, Buttons, Frosted Bottle and Figural.
Hannon says people from all around the United States travel to the resort town for the event including Maine, California, Virginia, Massachusetts, Ohio and Kentucky. This year the event has stretched farther than the states with an exhibitor traveling all the way from Italy.
“Exhibitors come from all over!” Hannon says. “Anybody in the world, as long as they are an artist and have genuine sea glass, can come.”
NASGA donates a portion of the North American Sea Glass Festival proceeds to benefit regional and national efforts for shoreline conservation, preservation and beautification. This years money will go directly to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
“We like to choose something that’s regional and will benefit the Chesapeake Bay and all its tributaries,” Hannon says.
According to Hannon, during the two day festival, the association typically welcomes 4,000 people coming together to share the love of sea glass.
For more information please visit http://www.seaglassassociation.org/