BERWICK, NS - When it comes to jewelry made from sea glass collected from our shorelines, you could be wearing a little piece of Nova Scotia history.
The fifth annual Sea to Shore Sea Glass Festival is being held at the Berwick Fire Hall on July 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organizer Michelle Fahie-Davidson of Coldbrook, owner of Ocean Zn Giftshop Mobile Boutique, said she believes that much of the allure of sea glass has to do with the treasure hunt. It’s exciting to find rare pieces.
“Once you go for your first hunt and you find something special, you won’t stop, you’ll go again,” she said.
Fahie-Davidson said there was a lot of pirate activity in Nova Scotia waters, especially between the mainland and Sable Island, and a lot of people don’t realize that there have been more than 5,000 shipwrecks around the province since the 1400’s. Finding a piece of sea glass that could have come from a famous ship submerged off the coast is quite exhilarating.
Fahie-Davidson has been collecting sea glass since she was a little girl, as her parents own property on the shore in Economy. Growing up, she spent her summer weekends there collecting shells, rocks and sea glass.
She started making sea glass jewelry eight years ago for family and friends and it evolved into a business, starting with a booth at the Kentville Farmers Market. Fahie-Davidson said she wanted to share her love for the ocean and sea glass with others instead of hoarding her finds in jars at home.
In addition to jewelry and other items made from sea glass, the festival featured seaside home décor, a cake artist, paintings, quilts and a variety of other sea and ocean-inspired creations and products.
Fahie-Davidson said this year’s festival was the first since she unveiled her mobile boutique and she was excited to introduce it to people who haven’t been able to attend one of her pop-up events or the Kentville or Middleton farmers markets.
Fahie-Davidson said she usually has around 30 vendors but this year there are approximately 40. She chose the Berwick Fire Hall because it’s a spacious facility with ample parking that could accommodate all the vendors without having too many outdoors. It’s air conditioned and provides vendors taking credit or debit card payments with free wi-fi access.
For more information, visit the Sea to Shore Sea Glass Festival Facebook page.