The Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday June 5 and Sunday June 6 at the Lewes Historical Society campus located at 110 Shipcarpenter St. in Lewes.
Saturday visitors can bring their favorite pieces of sea glass to chat with author and East Coast native Richard LaMotte about the origins and ages of the shards from their personal collection. LaMotte, who wrote the popular book “Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems”, is an expert in identifying sea glass and will be at the show all day Saturday to meet visitors and share his take on sea glass.
The event will also host local children’s book author Corinne Litzenberg, who will lead the activities of the Children’s Corner – Getting Started. Events for kids will include identifying seashells, sorting and sequencing sea glass, as well as creating a take-home note card. Litzenberg, a Lewes resident and retired teacher, will sign copies of her book, “S is for Sea Glass”, during the two-day festival.
Sea glass collector Stu Jacobs and his daughter Emily will set up their extensive sea glass exhibit in the company’s Rabbit’s Ferry House. Festival-goers can safely stroll around the circa 1740 house on campus and view Jacobs’ educational exhibit of thousands of shards of sea glass collected over the years, as well as examples of antique glassware including parts can come. Emily Jacobs will be exhibiting a sea glass dress weighing over 30 pounds.
The Jacobs will be on site Sunday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to spot the shards of sea glass from festival-goers. Stu began collecting sea glass almost 20 years ago, mostly along the shores of Chesapeake Bay, and assumes he amassed over 10,000 shards. He was inspired to learn more about the origin of his pieces during a visit to Cape Henlopen State Park where he found a magnificent piece of rare turquoise sea glass. This led him to continue to search for more historic sea glass, and now his basement is full of his entire collection.
The festival will host nearly 50 sea glass and ocean glass artists over the weekend, rain or shine.
Food trucks Amy’s Grill and Retro Street East will also be on campus with live music throughout the two-day event.
Prior to the festival, the Lewes Historical Society will be offering a special Castaway and Seaglass Tour at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 3. This unique experience will feature the legends and traditions of Lewes seaside past. Participants will discover tales of pirates and buried treasure as they tour the company’s main campus, the canal side, and the infamous Cannonball House. The 60-minute tour begins at Ryves Holt House, 218 Second St., and ends in the back garden of Cannonball House. Families are encouraged to bring their children aged 8 and over. All young participants will receive a commemorative coin of locally collected sea glass. The cost of the tour per person is $ 5.
Admission to the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass Festival is $ 5 per person; children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available before the event online, on the LHS website and at the door each day. The $ 5 entry will also allow festival-goers free entry to any of LHS’s museums on the day of purchase only. All entry restrictions will be based on the state of Delaware’s COVID-19 regulations as of June 5. For safety reasons, the number of vendors present has been reduced to provide enough space between each tent. Wearing a mask may be required and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout campus. An entry and exit point will be provided along with a suggested one-way path.
For more information, or to purchase tickets for the June 3 festival or tour, visit historiclewes.org/events.