Gifts from the sea. Photo by Patricia Harris for the Boston Globe.
I’ve always considered picking up pieces of sea glass to be a casual pastime – really just an excuse to take a nice long walk on the beach. But apparently some folks take it much more seriously. The North American Sea Glass Association has selected Hyannis for its annual Sea Glass Festival. It’s coming up on October 9 and 10, so scour your favorite glass-hunting places now before hordes of collectors hit town. Who knows? You might even find a contender for the “Shard of the Year” contest. Top prize, by the way, is $1,000. And $100 prizes will also be awarded in 10 categories including “Most Unusual,” “Historical,” and “Art Glass.” To increase your chances, look for pieces with rare colors such as red or turquoise and bubbles or identifiable text. Festival organizers guarantee that a security guard will be on duty to protect the precious shards.
Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, 35 Scudder Avenue. October 9 10 a.m.-6 p.m., October 10 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 daily admission includes one entry in the Shard of the Year contest. Three additional entries $5.