NASGA Festival

16th Annual North American Sea Glass Festival

Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center
On the shores of Lake Erie in Oregon, Ohio

This year we are celebrating the Treasures of the Great Lakes with a pirate theme.

May 21, 2022, 10 am to 5 pm
May 22, 2022, 10 am to 4 pm

Lectures • Exhibitors • Shard of the Year Contest

Special Packages for attendees can be found near bottom of this page.

Festival Admission:
$7 per person per day
Children Under 12 Free
Two-Day ticket $12 per person


2022 Festival Schedule

Saturday, May 21, 2022

  • 9 am Early Bird Shopping*
  • 10 am Festival Opens
  • 11 am Arrgh: A History of Piracy on the Great Lakes
  • 1 pm Glassies: Playing for Keeps and Other Amazing Stories
  • 5 pm Festival Closes for the day
  • 6 pm – 11 pm After-hours events*

Sunday, May 22, 2022

  • 9 am Early Bird Shopping*
  • 10 am Festival Opens
  • 10 am – 1 pm Enter your Shard of the Year pieces
  • 11 am A History of Passenger Travel on the Great Lakes
  • 1 pm Shard of the Year Judging
  • 3:30 pm Shard of the Year winners announced
  • 4 pm Festival Closes. See you next year!

* Available with purchase of festival packages. See Special Lodging Packages below.


Presentations

Arrgh: A History of Piracy on the Great Lakes

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 11:00 AM

Christopher Gillcrist

Join us for a historical and cultural re-examination of piracy and it implications for understanding Great Lakes history. No parrots — or peg legs — included but a healthy dose of thievery, mutiny, and other unsavory tales.

Christopher Gillcrist is Executive Director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio.  He has a BA and MA in History from John Carroll University and is ABD in Social Policy at Case Western Reserve University. He has served as Associate Professor of History at Notre Dame College of Ohio and Instructor of History at Ursuline College. Prior to his current duties he served as Executive Director of the Lake County Historical Society.


Glassies: Playing for Keeps and Other Amazing Stories

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 1:00 pM

Michael Cohill

Join us for a talk about American-made toy marbles.

Michael Cohill is the Artist & Superintendent of The Akron Marble & Specialty Company and a co-founder of the non-profit organization, The American Toy Marble Museum. The American Toy Marble Museum preserves and disseminates, through multimedia exhibitions and displays, the history of the American toy industry in the city where it all started: Akron, Ohio.


A History of Passenger Travel on the Great Lakes

Sunday, May 22, 2022, 11:00 AM

Ellen Kennedy

A thorough history of travel on the Great Lakes, either for immigration or enjoyment, from the 19th-century schooners to the lavish steamboats of the early 20th century.

Ellen Kennedy is the Education and Visitor Experience Director for the National Museum of the Great Lakes. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Clemson University and a master’s degree in history and museum studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She worked at several historic sites before joining the staff of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in June of 2015.


Seeking Volunteers

Celebrate the 16th Annual North America Sea Glass Association’s festival at the Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center by volunteering! We are looking for a few good pirates! Gather your friends and apply to volunteer on May 21-22, 2022. Be part of the festival, have free time to shop, make new friends and learn all about sea glass.


Volunteer Perks! Volunteers are provided with t-shirts, lunch, a special invitation to the Saturday night Bonfire, and some goodies to boot. Win a contest for the best-dressed pirate hat!
Submit your name and contact information at festival@seaglassassociation.org


Special Lodging Packages

Stay and celebrate NASGA’s 16th annual festival with us during the U.N.’s International Year of Glass! This year we are celebrating the Treasures of the Great Lakes with a pirate theme!

Rates:  $135/night + taxes/fees and booked directly with the hotel until April 1, 2022. Price is for two queen beds with a lake view. Other room types available upon request. Price of room does not include admission to the festival.

Call Maumee Bay Resort to reserve your room: Call Maumee Bay Reservations at (419) 836-1466 and ask for the NASGA Sea Glass Festival 2022 room block.

Festival Packages

If you stay at the Maumee Bay Lodge, you qualify for a festival package. Pick up your package at the special table at the entrance starting at 8:30 am on Saturday and Sunday morning.

One-Night Stay Package

Book and stay one night at Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center and you get the following:

  • Option to purchase early-access admission tickets to the festival for 9 am entry
  • Two guest gifts per room

Multi-Night Stay Package

Book and stay two or more nights at Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center and you get the following:

  • Option to purchase early-access admission tickets to the festival for 9 am entry
  • Four guest gifts per room
  • Four raffle tickets
  • Invitation to Saturday night’s “Best-dressed” Pirate Cocktail Party in the lounge
  • Invitation to Saturday night’s Bonfire Party at the Beach with s’mores and music performed by Johnny Rodriguez

Thanks to our generous sponsors

Batten Down the Hatches! Sponsor:

Aye Aye Pirate Sponsor:

Blimey Sponsor: