North American Sea Glass Festival
When: September 28-29, 2019
Where: The Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260
Let’s go down the shore
When the summer crowds are gone but the weather is still warm, it’s time to go down the shore for the North American Sea Glass Festival! The 14th annual celebration organized by the North American Sea Glass Association (NASGA) will take place in The Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood, New Jersey, on September 28–29, 2019.
NASGA is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to establish a community of collectors and sellers of genuine sea glass. Members apply to this juried show each year for a chance to be part of this exciting event that features sea glass exhibitors, artists, jewelers, lectures, a sea glass contest, and more. The Wildwoods Convention Center is a beautiful facility with floor-to-ceiling windows right on the beach. Situated just minutes up the coast from Cape May, an hour’s drive from Atlantic City, and right on the fabled Jersey Shore, Wildwood
is a great destination for beachcombers and sea glass lovers.
Each year, this show draws visitors from around the world, who come to see the beautiful jewelry and art created by NASGA members. A highlight of the festival is a visit to the Collectors’ Area, where beachcombers exhibit and share favorite pieces from their collections. Visitors get a chance to see some truly rare pieces, speak with the collectors about their finds, and learn more about treasures found on beaches around the world.
Sea glass artisans travel from around the U.S. to sell their jewelry, arts, home decor, and accessories. Visitors get a chance to bring home a little bit of the beach from some of the most talented sea glass craftspeople, and to share some of their favorite pieces with their friends, new and old.
A lecture series presents informative talks from experts. Lectures are 45 minutes and include the chance for audience members to ask questions of the speakers. This year Jason Sandy, Member of the Society of Thames Mudlarks, will be traveling from London, England, to give the keynote presentation, “Mudlarking: Historic Glass and Gems,” on Saturday, and “Mudlarking: A Journey Through Time” on Sunday. Jeanette Bartolomeo from the Sunset Beach Gift Shops in Cape May will speak on “Cape May Diamonds” on Saturday. (Learn more about Cape May diamonds on page 50.) Mary McCarthy, NASGA Education Chair, will share a talk on “Sea Glass Gemstones” on Sunday.
The finale of the event is the Shard of the Year Contest on Sunday afternoon, where private collectors from around the world show off some of their finds and compete for cash prizes. Prizes are awarded in several categories, including Frosted Bottles, Pottery/Ceramics, Whimsical/Toys, Bottle Stopper, Most Unusual, Historical, Art Glass, Marbles, Buttons, Figural, and Grand Prize Overall Beauty Winner, with a cash prize of $500.
With ample free parking, a beautiful seaside location, and a gathering of sea glass collectors and artisans from around the world, the North American Sea Glass Festival is a dream weekend for beachcombers.
Learn more on the North American Sea Glass Association website