Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival returns, brings back thousands of people

ST. MICHAELS, Md. – Artisans from across Delmarva and beyond gathered in the town of St. Michaels for a festival to celebrate and showcase the coastal history, and some dazzling sea glass artwork.

“It all started with like five artists and it’s kind of grown into this amazing event,” says festival founder and director, Kim Hannon. She adds, “When people come to St. Michaels, they like to have something that they can take home with them that kind of reminds them of St. Michaels,”

The Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Arts Festival returned this year, just in time for the holidays. Sea-glass specialist and author Richard Lamotte tells 47 ABC, it’s the uniqueness of the art that brings thousands of people every year.

“There’s a rich history on the bay but there’s a limited time to find it because of the rising water levels, so it’s really important to get out there now and try to find what we have left because some of these beaches are going to be underwater.”

Lamotte says he’s been able to help community members get a history lesson about their findings from the beach and even ignite a love for sea-glass in some people.

“By determining the age the origin of the sea-glass, kind of go through the collection and figure out why they have an affinity for these things why certain colors are rarer than others,” says Lamotte.

We’re told, although the weekend gathers people from all walks of life sharing similar interests, there’s a deeper connection between people and the treasures they find on the beach.

“What a lot of people don’t realize is that big one out to the beach and sometimes find things after very troubling times in their life,” says Lamotte. He adds, “This one lady that was just here and found an orange piece of sea-glass an orange marble not long after her daughter died, and her daughter’s favorite color was orange, and she doesn’t even wear jewelry, she keeps it with her in her pocket all the time.”

Hannon also tells us, the festival helps to highlight small businesses, rare artistry, and the ability to connect again at a beloved event.

“All the artists that I’ve talked to have said that every show that they’ve been doing this year has just been amazing.” Hannon adds, “So I know that warms our heart and makes me feel good, and that’s the thing putting this show on and seeing all these people it just makes me feel good that they’re all doing well.”

The festival will go on Sunday, November 21st at the Chesapeake Maritime Museum in St. Michaels from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will return to its normal time slot in 2022, during the weekend of April 2nd and 3rd.

For more information on the event or who you can participate in next year, click here.

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