Finders Keepers Kicks Off October 15th
Lincoln City, OR – The coast is about to get colorful as Finders Keepers, glass floats on the beach in Lincoln City, begins in October. This is the 18th year of the signature promotion, which runs October 15th, 2016 through Memorial Day 2017.
Glass studios from around the Pacific Northwest are handcrafting the colorful glass art for the new Finders Keepers season. One of the glass artists, William Murphy from Oregon Coast Glassworks is thrilled to be participating in the season.
“Lincoln City does such a great job with this program,” says Murphy. “It brings so many people to the coast just to find a glass float. I am honored to be a part of it.”
Murphy, who has over 20 years of glass blowing experience, says that Oregon Coast Glassworks uses only the finest materials for their floats. “Other studios like to cut corners when it comes to color mixes, using only about one or two,” says Murphy. “For us, we use five to six color mixes, which result in a premium quality glass float. And, each float is given a personal touch. We put a lot of love and care into making them.”
Some of Oregon Coast Glassworks floats that can be seen out on the beach include their green watermelon floats and red fireballs. “They are big sellers at the studio,” says Murphy. “We hope the visitors have just as much fun looking for them as we did making them.”
2,017 officially numbered glass floats will be carefully hidden along the 7-½ miles of pristine beach in Lincoln City, from Roads End on the north side of town to Siletz Bay on the south end. Floats can be found above the high tide line and below the beach embankment, and are always hidden during daylight hours. If you find a glass float, you get to keep it!
As if daily float drops weren’t enough, keep an eye out for special glass art drops throughout the next several months, which will boost the total count for this season to over 3,000. These special drops will include a combination of unnumbered glass floats, antique Japanese glass floats, sand dollars, crabs, starfish, and holiday-themed floats. For a schedule of upcoming drops visit www.oregoncoast.org/finders-keepers.
On opening weekend, October 15th and 16th, an extra 100 glass floats will be carefully placed on the beach to kick off the season. In addition, a jumbo float will be hidden with a prize package attached. Find the jumbo float, and take home a weekend getaway courtesy of Lincoln City. The weekend getaway includes lodging, restaurant certificates, and a certificate to blow your own glass float.
Share your glass treasure discoveries on Lincoln City’s social media channels. Post a photo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LincolnCityOregon, on Instagram or Twitter @LincolnCityOR.
The official handcrafted Finders Keepers glass floats will be signed and numbered, and when they are found, they become collector’s items. Register your glass treasure and you will receive a certificate of authenticity and a biography of the artist who created the float. To register your float, call 800-452-2151, visit www.oregoncoast.org, or text FLOATS to 24587. You can also bring your discovered treasure to the Visitor Information Center at 540 NE Hwy 101 in Lincoln City. If you have limited mobility or are unable to walk on the beach due to disability, stop by and fill out an entry form for a chance to win a glass float.
Finders Keepers began in 1999, when a local artist first thought of glass floats as an intriguing way to launch the new millennium. Lincoln City sponsored the project, hosting the inaugural season in 1999-2000. Each year, tourists continue to come from around the country to search for their own brightly colored, signed and numbered glass float.
In days gone by, visitors searching Oregon’s beaches often found treasures from the far-east: blown glass floats in intriguing shades of green and blue. Used by Japanese fishermen to float their nets, these spheres were as small as two inches or as large as two feet. They were collected, polished, and admired; the ultimate find for any dedicated beachcomber. Today fishing vessels around the world use buoyant plastic, making glass floats a rare find – except in Lincoln City where these treasures can be found every October through May during the Finders Keepers season.
For more information contact the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau at 800-452-2151 or visit www.oregoncoast.org
Photo by Jordan May