51st Annual Driftwood Show at Grayland Community Hall this weekend

Beachcombers and driftwood lovers alert! The 51st edition of the popular Grayland Driftwood show is set for Saturday and Sunday at the historic Grayland Community Hall.

There is no admission charge to attend the show. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Grayland Community Hall is located a country block east of Highway 105 on the corner of Grange and Cranberry roads.

Lots to see and do

The show will feature all things related to beachcombing and more. Visitors will find displays of all types of driftwood, glass floats, photography and art submitted for judging at the show, entered by non-professional adults and children.

A new feature this year will be a display of posters created by Ocosta Elementary School children expressing their interests at the beach. The contest was held last month with winners earning ribbons and prizes by grade level.

There also will be live music on the hall’s stage, along with local crafts, food, wines and beers for sale. And … you definitely don’t want to miss the beach treasure hunt for tokens redeemable for hand-blown glass floats.

Enter your treasures

The driftwood collectors’ exhibit and competition includes divisions for found and crafted driftwood, coastal photography, glass floats, flotsam and jetsam. Many divisions have both a Youth and an Adult category. Enter as many divisions as you like for a $1 registration fee for each entry.

The public is encouraged to participate. Enter your seaborne treasures for display and judging to the hall tonight between 4 and 8 p.m. and/or on Saturday between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

Entry Divisions

• Found unaltered items: Youth (up to age 14) and Adult divisions

• Creative Craft With Driftwood: Youth (up to age 14) and Adult divisions

• Photography: 4 inches by 6 inches, matted up to 20 inches by 20 inches matted. Youth (up to age 14) and adult divisions

• Glass Floats: Up to 10 allowed. Single division for all ages

• Flotsam/Jetsam: Wreckage from a ship, cargo or goods thrown overboard. Single division for all ages

Ribbons will be presented to the winners of first, second and third place in each division, as well as winners of Best in Show in the Driftwood and Photography categories. The People’s Choice award winner will additionally receive an 8-inch hand blown glass float trophy.

Glass float treasure hunt and raffle

This year’s show will also feature the 10th Annual Glass Float Roundup with 100 hand-blown 6-inch in diameter art glass floats up for grabs. The unique glass orbs are created by internationally known Grayland Artist Patrick Kolten at his Verre de Mer studio.

Redemption tokens will be scattered on the beach in the Grayland area both Saturday and Sunday. Enter the contest at the hall for a $4 fee. You will receive your official hunting license and, in a new twist this year, a passport.

Go beachcombing until you find a token. Once you have your token in hand, you must visit three of the several contest-sponsoring businesses named on your individual passport to obtain a passport stamp.

When you have your three passport stamps, take your passport and your token back to the Grayland Community Hall to redeem your hand-blown art glass float prize.

Pick up Glass Float Roundup instructions and maps at the Grayland Community Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and/or between 8 a.m. and noon on Sunday.

A special raffle for Treasure Hunt participants will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday. All unclaimed floats, along with floats number 1, 2 and 3, will be raffled off with your hunting license registration serving as your entry into the raffle.

Tsunami debris and sea life

lecturers in Westport

One $5 ticket will get you admission to two guest lecture presentations at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening related to Japanese tsunami debris and Washington sea life. Both presentations will be held in the Ocosta High School commons in Westport. The school is located at 2580 S. Montesano Street, a quarter mile north of SR105. Turn north on Montesano Street at the Visitor Information Center at the Westport ‘Y’.

Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, well known Pacific Northwest oceanographer and lecturer, will offer information on drift patterns of Japanese tsunami debris coming ashore at local beaches.

Ebbesmeyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He founded the non-profit Beachcombers and Oceanographers International Association, for which he writes and publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Beachcombers Alert.

Alan Rammer, a retired Marine Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist for the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, will share fun facts about Washington sea life.

He is a graduate of the University of Washington with degrees in shellfish biology and invertebrate zoology. Rammer has won many awards for his innovative educational standards, and continues to be a much-sought-after and entertaining speaker.

Rammer co-authored with Stu Farnsworth a glass float collector’s price guide and identification handbook called “Glass fishing floats of the World.”