Posted in Uncategorized, tagged art, artist, block island, craft, eben horton, fishing net, glass float project, glass station, glassblowing, lincoln city, new shoreham, oregon, treasure hunt on June 29, 2012 |
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Eben Horton, a glassblower with a studio in Wakefield, Rhode Island, loved hearing how glassblowers in Lincoln City, Oregon, had hidden special creations on a local beach for a community treasure hunt.
Inspired to do something similar, he settled on the idea of glass floats, the kind traditionally used on fishing nets.
The Block Island Tourism Council helped Horton launch the Glass Float Project. The council’s site has details.
“WHEN: The hunt begins June 2nd, 2012, and continues indefinitely. It only ends when all the floats have been found!
“WHAT: 200 Glass Floats (glass orbs about the size of a grapefruit) will be hidden on Block Island. Floats will be dated, numbered and stamped with the shape of Block Island. All floats are clear glass except for 12 (because it is 2012), which are special colored orbs. One super special float is made entirely out of gold leaf.
“WHERE: 100 floats on beaches and 100 floats on Greenway trails. Floats will be hidden above the high tide mark but NEVER in the dunes or up the bluffs.”
Understandably, they don’t want people walking on the dunes, which protect the island in storms.
Check the council website for the bio on the artist, too: “Eben creates custom one of a kind pieces on an individual basis out of his studio that he calls ‘The Glass Station’- a converted 1920’s gas station.” More.
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I always like visiting the arts and crafts events on the lawn of the historical society.
Sometimes I come home and tackle my own crafts. The collage cards are generally for birthdays, anniversaries, and sympathy. If I remember, I make Xerox copies for future occasions. I’d be happy to post some readers’ photos of their art or their crafts. E-mail me your photos at email@example.com.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged aquaculture, boston, budden, chafee, consul general, dutch, first warden, gaffett, indian, indians, kibbelaar, manissean, navigator, new shoreham, oyster, rhode island, stanley cup, vancouver on June 19, 2011 |
A swell time was had by all at the 350th anniversary of British settlers landing their boats on the shores of what is still the smallest community in the smallest state! The sun shone, the speakers were brief, and lots of pictures were taken.
I thought we had come a long way as a country when several speakers, including the governor, acknowledged that the Manissean Indians were there first and that there would be another ceremony at the Indian Cemetery the following weekend, with another commemorative marker.
The governor, who had earlier visited an oyster aquaculture area by boat, was brief and gracious. Interesting speakers included a Rear Admiral with a surname that is pronounced — I kid you not — Neptune. He gave the chief of police an award for a risky rescue at sea last year.
Dutch Consul General Kibbelaar was there because it was a Dutch navigator who originally named the island as he sailed by without landing. British Consul General Budden, based in Boston, made jokes about his brother who is the Consul General in Vancouver and the bet he intended to collect since Boston won hockey’s Stanley Cup. Budden was invited because the British were the ones who landed at Settlers’ Rock 350 years ago. He said that Britain today is the biggest foreign investor in Rhode Island. The chorus of the island school (which had recently graduated all seven seniors) sang the Alma Mater and “America the Beautiful.”
Gov. Lincoln Chafee (in green blazer)
First Warden Kim Gaffett (in straw hat) and governor
Dutch Consul General Kibbelaar (in white suit)
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