A Way to Find More Glass Floats on the Oregon Coast
(Newport, Oregon) – Once, it was an almost commonplace thrill to find Japanese glass floats on Oregon’s coast. These would be lost by fishing vessels from Japan with regularity, and then make their way along the ocean currents to land on Oregon’s beaches.
By the 80’s, their frequency began to wane, and they essentially stopped showing up a little over a decade ago. Many of them still adorn beach homes all along the Oregon coast. Now, however, their finds are quite rare.
In recent years, the city of Newport has been creating this opportunity for finding hidden beach treasures made of glass as part of its "value season" promotion, reviving a much-loved tradition.
This winter, Newport is again giving away original commemorative glass floats. No stormy beachcombing or wave dodging is required to find one of these 150 luminous artisan collectibles, blown by Pyromania Glass Studios.
The rules for the 11th Annual Glass Treasures giveaway are simple. Between Nov. 1, 2009, and Jan. 31, 2010, visit one of the businesses listed at www.newportchamber.org, or on a map available from the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce (800-262-7844). Fill out an entry form and return it to the float display at the business; enter at any – or all – of the merchants.
Weekly drawings will be held throughout the winter, with the remainder of the floats given away Jan. 31, when each business will select two names from its entry pool. Winners will be notified by mail or phone.
The floats are produced by Pyromania Glass Studios, Newport's original source for the vibrant keepsakes that have become synonymous with the Oregon coast. Visitors can watch the Schmitz family - Dennis and Patricia, and their daughter Andrea - in action from the gallery of their Aquarium Village studio in Newport’s South Beach neighborhood. The ancient art of glass blowing is alive and well, just a stone’s throw from the Oregon Coast Aquarium and other family attractions.
The Glass Treasures promotion is designed to introduce Northwest travelers to the busy "value season" in Newport. In this cozy central coast destination, families explore two historic lighthouses, exhibits at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the sights and sounds of the vibrant Bayfront, the arts of Nye Beach, and the shopping opportunities throughout Newport, all while enjoying the best lodging rates of the year.
For more information on visiting Newport during the "value season," head to www.newportchamber.org, or call 800-262-7844.
Newport Lodging Ideas
Harbor at Depoe Bay – Near Newport. Each of the 15 condos has an ocean view, where whales are copious. Clocking in at least 1250 sq. feet, they include either a deck or a patio right up against the oceanic drama of Depoe Bay’s wild waves. Suites have two bedrooms, a hide-a-bed or futon in the living room, which expands the capacity to sleep as many as six. Two to 2.5 bathrooms, and all individually furnished with style, with some recent remodeling done to further liven up the lavish surroundings. Wi-fi, TV/DVD, VCR and cable, sometimes even in bedrooms, and you may find other nifty goodies like movies, games and puzzles. Most have large views from the master bedroom as well as the living room; king size beds in main bedroom with a queen size in the guest bedroom. There are large, fully equipped kitchens: Jenn-aires, microwaves, toasters, coffee maker, dishes, silverware and pots and pans for six. No pets or smoking. 20 NW Sunset St., Depoe Bay, Oregon. 541-961-1628. www.harbordepoebay.com.
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