CAMPOBELLO – In 2019, the first Seaglass Festival was held on Campobello Island. The organizers had to change things a bit in 2020 so there could be social distancing for the many events, so it became Seaglass September. The model worked so well organizers have decided to continue hosting the sea glass festival over the month of September again this year, and it will be the same in years to come.

Organizer Stephanie Anthony said she made the decision in the spring to continue with this new model, because it worked so well last year. That first year, the numbers were so high that local businesses, motels, and campgrounds were overwhelmed by the number of people on the island for the weekend. This new model ensures lots of people can visit Campobello and take part, without overwhelming businesses and ensuring social distancing can be maintained at all times.

“It actually works out better with Campobello’s infrastructure,” said Anthony. “You know how small it is here. Having everybody packed on the island that one weekend, it was too much. It kind of overloaded the restaurants, the rooms, and the grocery store. So, this four-weekend stretches everybody out that way, and gives the businesses an extra bump at the end of the normal tourist season. I think I will keep it this way, maybe change my branding to Seaglass September.”

This year, instead of maps which only feature a few of the best spots for beachcombing, Anthony has released what she said is “the definitive beachcombing map of Campobello Island”.

“I released a new map,” said Anthony. “It’s got all the key beaches for people with different interests, not just seaglass. You’ve got your beachcombers for driftwood, and shells and rocks and all that, and some nice beaches for people to just hang out and maybe do a little sunbathing.”

In addition to beachcombing for seaglass and other treasures, Anthony said there will be other activities taking place throughout the month. There will be two featured beachcombers visiting Campobello, Crystal Richard, the East Coast Mermaid, will be on the island from Friday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 12, and Salisha Tatton of East Coast Sea Gems, who will be at one of the two markets that are taking place at the Campobello Island Gift House, will be on the island from Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19. The markets will take place on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

“Angela Smart at the Campobello Island Gift House does dooryard markets throughout the season. She’s agreed to have two markets to tie in with the seaglass festival.”

Planning is underway for other events that will be taking place throughout the month, such as bonfires and a coffee talk, with dates and times to be announced later on the Campobello Island Seaglass Festival Facebook page. Many local businesses are considering setting-up events, but no final decisions have been made at this time.

One event that is sure to be loads of fun for all is the Seaglass September Scavenger Hunt, which is happening throughout the month. Anthony said there is a list of 10 items that people will have to find, such as a selfie with a lighthouse, a piece of driftwood, etc. At the end of September, first, second, and third place winners will be chosen.

“Everyone will get to submit their photos and scavenger hunt finds on the list, and we’ll pick three winners,” said Anthony.

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