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Beach Glass Festival a success, in spite of weather

June 30, 2014

By Dave Deluca, Star Beacon, Ashtabula, Ohio



June 30--ASHTABULA -- Despite thunder showers and sweltering heat, stores and vendors on Bridge Street experienced an extremely busy final day at the annual Beach Glass Festival.

Estimates of Sunday's attendance went as high as more than 1,000.

Nancy Hedrick, owner of Sandpiper Gallery on Bridge Street said hundreds of browsers visited her store daily.

"We had hundreds of people coming and going on Sunday," she said. "It was amazing to see so many in spite of the storm and heat. As soon as the rain stopped, people reappeared and it was busy again."

Hedrick said sales were brisk and the customer interest level was high.

"My flamework beads were big sellers," she said. "We also sold a lot of local artists Julene Schwarz's prints and Karrina Sortland's 'Tree of Life' gemstone suncatchers.

Danielle Perreault of the Sea Glass Center said she was impressed with the Beach Glass Festival. It was her first year here, and she said it was great to see so many beach glass enthusiasts enduring the weather. The Sea Glass Center is devoted to education about beach glass collection

"We saw a lot of interest in our micro sea glass collection kits," she said. "Also our rarity check kits. These have information on hard-to-find sea glass items."

Perreault lives in Kinnebunkport, Maine. She and her sister Aimee Thorman, a Shaker Heights native, started the Sea Glass Center a year ago.

"We got lots of beach glass donations, including some slag glass from the old GE plant in Conneaut," she said. "A favorite donation was a collection from former First Lady Barbara Bush. It's mostly smaller pieces found near Kinnebunkport."

Perrault said the Sea Glass Center's mission was preserving sea glass before it disappears.

"It was hot and humid, but we had a great time here, she said.

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