The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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June 7, 2014

Sea glass collection to be unveiled at Beach Glass Festival

ASHTABULA — The widely popular non-profit, The Sea Glass Center, will unveil their sea and beach glass donations at the upcoming Beach Glass Festival.

The festival will take place June 28-29 on Bridge Street in the Ashtabula Harbor.

The Sea Glass Center,

which began in 2013, will have more than 100 pounds in sea and beach glass donations on exhibit.

With donations coming in every day, some as far away as Greece, Italy, London and Puerto Rico. This non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving the art, science and history behind these unique treasures.

The most notable donation to date is from former First Lady Barbara Bush. She donated pieces collected from her home in Kennebunk, Me.

The Sea Glass Center’s executive director, Danielle Perreault, was thrilled to receive the donation.

“I was overjoyed to receive a package from a woman I so admire,” she said. “Barbara Bush not only sent us sea glass from Walker's Point, but she took the time to hand write letters. These items will be cherished.”

In addition to the former First Lady’s donations, hundreds of pieces found on the shores of Lake Erie will be on display at the two-day festival.

The Sea Glass Center is a non-profit organization that exists to preserve and present the historical, artistic and cultural significance of sea glass through education. The center’s mission is to educate the world about all aspects of sea glass and to preserve a world-class collection for the public to explore and enjoy.

Director of operations, Aimee Thorman, lives in northeast Ohio and will be representing the non-profit during the festival.

Festival attendees are encouraged to bring any pieces of beach glass they are willing to donate to The Sea Glass Center boot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28-29. The first 100 visitors who make a donation or purchase $20 worth of official Sea Glass Center merchandise will receive a free, reusable Sea Glass Center backpack.

Festival-goers also will enjoy more than 60 beach glass artisans who will showcase their creations along with food vendors. To learn more go to Ashtabula Harbor Beach Glass Festival:

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