Jay Fleming  

Saturday, April 4th   11 am - 12 pm  Island Life: Changing Cultures, Changing Shorelines 

Renowned Chesapeake Bay photographer Jay Fleming opens his exhibition "Island Life: Changing Cultures, Changing Shorelines" during the Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival.  

The photography exhibit will run April 4 - August 30, 2020.  

 Jay's work explores how the changing environment is affecting islands on the Chesapeake such as Smith and Tangier Islands.   To kick off his exhibition, Jay will hold a lecture on Saturday, April 4th at 11 a.m. in the Van Lennep Auditorium. 

Renowned Chesapeake Bay photographer Jay Fleming opens his exhibition "Island Life: Changing Cultures, Changing Shorelines" during the Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival.  

The photography exhibit will run April 4 - August 30, 2020.  

 Jay's work explores how the changing environment is affecting islands on the Chesapeake such as Smith and Tangier Islands.   To kick off his exhibition, Jay will hold a lecture on Saturday, April 4th at 11 a.m. in the Van Lennep Auditorium. 

Live Music Schedule

Pressing Strings -  Saturday, April 4th 3 pm - 5 pm, Navy Point Bandstand

Pressing Strings is a musical group from the Maryland’s capital city of Annapolis. Often described musically as a blend of Indie, folk, and soul. The band started making music all the way back in 2007 while singer and band leader Jordan Sokel decided to leave college and pursue a life dedicated to his craft of writing and performing original songs. In the following years the cast around Sokel changed more than a few times but in 2014 the puzzle began to come together with bassist Nick Welker and drummer Brandon Bartlett joining the band. Together the trio have made waves on a national level with AAA radio and continue to record and perform steadily. While the band started as more of an acoustic folk based venture, in recent years they have gravitated more towards a soulful bluesy rock direction which is where they seem to hit the mark performing live. Like many bands they have developed a knack for taking well known cover material and spinning in into their own style.

LECTURES

Van Lennep Auditorium - Fogg's Landing

Saturday, April 4th

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Island Life: Changing Cultures, Changing Shorelines - Jay Fleming


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.   

Beach Pottery: a Basic Primer - Dr. Beachcomb - Deacon Ritterbush


Sunday, April 5th
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

The Archaeology Of Beachcombing with a Focus on the Chesapeake Bay Region  - Dr. Beachcomb - Deacon Ritterbush


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.   
Exploring Coastal Landfills of the East Coast - Mary McCarthy


Eastern Shore Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival Schedule & Events

​The 9th annual Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival in St. Michaels, MD is held along the waterfront campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

The festival takes place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 10 am –5 pm. and Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 10 am - 4 pm.  The Sea Glass Festival will feature more than 90 artisans, many from the local Delmarva area, and others travelling from as far away as Hawaii, who will exhibit and sell coastal and sea-glass related jewelry, home décor, art, and more.

The festival also includes educational lectures by renowned experts about sea glass and its history, and amazing photography along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.   

The festival will feature live music both days on two stages from local musicians, John Belser, Jayme Dingler, Dave Hawkins, Emma Myers, Chris Sacks and headlining on Saturday on the Navy Point Bandstand will be Annapolis based musicians, Pressing Strings.

Patriot Cruises will have special rate for festival goers, $10/per person (normally $26.50/pp) throughout the festival weekend.   

Pre-purchase through their website in advance to reserve your spot, they sold out last year!   Use Coupon Code Sea Glass when checking out!  Purchase rides here.

Dr. Beachcomb - Deacon Ritterbush

Saturday April 4th  1 pm - 2 pm    Beach Pottery: a Basic Primer 
Sunday, April 5th   11 am - 12 pm   
The Archaeology Of Beachcombing with a Focus on the Chesapeake Bay Region  

Dr. S. Deacon Ritterbush (aka Dr. Beachcomb) has been at the forefront of educating people on the beachcomb experience, the history/science behind shore treasures,  and coastal conservation issues. An award-winning author, she is also the founder and coordinator of the annual International Beachcombing Conference (IBC), which brings together beachcombers from across the world for a week of tutorials, films, beachcombing expeditions & sea glass/ocean arts workshops. (www.thebeachcombingconference.com).

This year’s IBC takes place the week of March 23rd in Annapolis, MD.
To learn more about Beachcombing and Beachcomb treasures (sea glass, glass fishing floats, pottery shards, Beachcomb tips, productive beaches), visit: www.drbeachcomb.com

See Festival Page for more info!

​​Mary McCarthy

Shard Identification & Sea Glass Discussions  - Both Days when there are no lectures. - Van Lennup Auditorium

Sunday April 5th 1 pm - 2 pm   Exploring Coastal Landfills of the East Coast

Mary McCarthy, Executive Director of The Beachcombing Center, will provide Sea Glass Shard Identification all day Saturday & Sunday during all non-presentation hours.  Bring your favorite pieces to learn and discuss their origins!

On Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Mary will share her knowledge of beachcombing & mudlarking in coastal landfills of the East Coast.   Put your virtual boots on for some mudmucking as we explore history and finds at dump beaches from the Chesapeake Bay and Washington D.C. to New York and Boston. From 19th century Victorian dolls, marbles and bottle stoppers to mid-century plastic toys, these finds are unique and as time passes, we are losing the shorelines that produce them to coastal erosion and other threats. Let’s learn more about what makes the places and finds special!

Friday April 3rd, join fellow beachcombers to celebrate The Beachcombing Center opening on Tilghman Island located 15 minutes from St. Michaels. 

See more information and purchase tickets for the Friday evening event here.

Fogg's Landing Stage
Saturday, April 4th

Emma Myers

  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

John Belser
 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 Chris Sacks

3:00 p.m.  -5:00 p.m.


​​Sunday, April 5th

Dave Hawkins  
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

​​​​ Jayme Dingler "Jayme D"

 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 


​​​Navy Point Bandstand Stage

Saturday, April 4th

Jayme Dingler "Jayme D"

  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 Dave Hawkins
 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Pressing Strings

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Sunday, April 5th

Emma Myers
  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

John Belser

 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.