For those of us who love sea glass hunting, April is like Christmas on the Chesapeake.
Many people find peace when they find pieces of treasure along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, and the first weekend in April, followed by an ongoing exhibit this summer at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, is celebrating these finds.
Beginning Saturday, April 6 and continuing through June 29, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels will exhibit Beach Finds of the Chesapeake. The special exhibition kicks off the April Eastern Shore Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival taking place April 6 –7 at CBMM.
Beach Finds of the Chesapeake explores a sampling of the different types of finds discovered by those who seek to preserve the history of the region by collecting fragments of its past. From shark teeth and other 20-million-year-old Miocene-era fossils, through Victorian doll parts and marbles, to modern plastic toys and marine debris found today, the Chesapeake Bay holds history, treasures and trash alike to be discovered by beachcombers who search its disappearing shorelines. The Sea Glass Center, a nonprofit organization preserving and presenting the historical, artistic, and cultural significance of sea glass through education, is organizing the exhibition.
The 8th annual Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival will feature more than 70 artisans—many from the local Delmarva area, and others travelling from as far away as New England—who will exhibit and sell coastal and sea-glass related jewelry, home décor, art, and more. Jason Morton and the Chesapeake Sons is the musical headliner for Sunday. The festival also includes educational lectures about sea glass and its history along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and a sea glass contest on Sunday. Boat rides, food and beverages will be available for purchase, including beer, wine, and cocktails. Additional free event parking will be available at St. Michaels High School, with a complimentary shuttle service to and from CBMM running throughout the day.
The two-day festival ticket includes entrance to the Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival, educational lectures and documentaries, live music, all of the exhibitions and historic structures on the campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and is set at $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and retired military; $6 for children 6–17; and $5 for CBMM members, member’s children 6–17; and active military (ID required). Advanced admission tickets can be purchased online at cbmm.org/seaglassfestival, with tickets also sold at CBMM the day of the event. Vendor information and more about the festival is also at seaglassfestival.com.