At this year’s North American Sea Glass Festival in Ocean City, MD, you can expect the unexpected. A mix of collectors, artists, novices, authors, exhibitors, and speakers will come together to celebrate the mysterious fragments of glass and pottery that wash up on shorelines around the world—fragments appreciated for their individual beauty and clues to their origins.
This 10th anniversary festival was built on a modest 2006 gathering of 200 beachcombers in Rockport, MA. Last year’s festival in Cape May, NJ drew a crowd of 5,000, which reflects the growing interest in these rapidly diminishing artifacts.
The featured event, the Shard of the Year Contest, draws hundreds of contenders for the $1,000 first prize. The contest will be held on Sunday at the festival. Additional winners in up to ten possible subcategories: Runner-up, Pottery/Ceramics, Whimsical/Toys, Bottle Stoppers, Most Unusual, Historical, Art Glass, Marbles, Buttons, and Figural win $100 each.
Most of all, private collectors, vendors, and specialists come to the festival to share their passion for sea glass.
As always, a portion of the North American Sea Glass Festival proceeds will benefit regional and national efforts at shoreline conservation, preservation, and beautification.
Join us at the festival!
Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Maryland.
August 29 & 30, 2015, 10am to 5pm.
Admission $5. Children under 12, free.
Sea Glass Collectors’ Exhibits – Educational Presentations – Over 50 Sea Glass Artists and
Authors – Shard Identification