Local Artisans Exhibiting Sea Glass at National Festival

Cape Charles Mayor Dora Sullivan puts the finishing touches on her original sea glass creation which she will show at the 2012 North American Sea Glass Festival September 15-16 in Virginia Beach. (Wave photo)

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Sea glass, or beach glass, is big business. If you live in Cape Charles you already know that.  Several shops on Mason Avenue sell sea glass, including “Dora’s Beach Glass.”

That’s Town Mayor Dora Sullivan, who doesn’t just sell glass – she also crafts it.

This week Sullivan has been putting the finishing touches on some decorative fish with scales made from green and beige sea glass. She’s taking the artwork to exhibit at the North American Sea Glass Festival in Virginia Beach September 15-16.

The festival is a big deal: 10,000 people are expected to attend.

As a sea glass expert, Sullivan was selected to address the festival. She plans to tell about Cape Charles, and why it’s such a good source of sea glass.

But there’s one thing she won’t be telling: where she gets her sea glass. That’s her secret recipe. [Read more…]

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LETTER: Tree Removal Belies ‘You’ll Love Our Nature’

September 12, 2012


“You’ll love our nature.”

That’s the mantra for both the Eastern Shore and the Town of Cape Charles.

Recently on my daily walk I observed the transformation of the old sewage plant on Bayshore Road. In the past, the perimeter was planted with a canopy of pine trees, and the understory was dotted with 15- to 20-foot weeping yaupon hollies that were loaded with berries.

The berries fed wildlife and numerous species of migratory birds using the area to rest and re-energize before moving on.

The Shore has always been a magnet for bird watchers young and old — in fact we have a festival coming  up in October, which is very important to the economy. Hotels and restaurants benefit from our love for nature.

That love for nature was altered two weeks ago when yaupon hollies were pulled out of the ground and destroyed for no apparent reason. [Read more…]

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