How to win a glass float this winter in Newport

Posted by OCVA / November 18, 2016

2013-2014 Treasures of the Sea DISPLAY

(Newport, Oregon) – Those coveted and legendary glass floats on the Oregon coast are even more sought after this time of year, and Newport has yet another way to get them: you can win one – or more.

Now in its 18th year, Treasures by the Sea – created by the Greater Newport Chamber – boasts a treasure map and a way to keep dry while hunting these elusive, beautiful objects. Every week in November and December, someone who has visited Newport wins an individually crafted, hand-blown glass float with “Newport, Oregon” engraved on it.

These are the creations of The Edge Glass Blowing studio in Newport, which uses  the same techniques that have been utilized for 2,000 years. No two are exactly alike.

Literally dozens of the glass keepsakes will be given out by the time the promotion ends. Treasures of the Sea started on November 1 and ends December 31 – leaving still many more weekends of giveaways. Each week there is a new winner, with many more winners on the final day: New Year’s Eve.

How to get one?

First you obtain the treasure map from either the Greater Newport Visitors Center office (555 SW Coast Highway – Newport Oregon) or online at  www.newportchamber.org/events. These list 25 businesses in Newport which have some on display.

There, you fill out the entry form and drop it off. You can do this at more than one business, increasing your chances.

Weekly drawings will then be held by the chamber to give away one of these glass floats. On the final day, one to three names will be drawn from each of these merchants, creating a flurry of winners on the last day of the year.

Winners will be notified by mail.

A wide range of businesses will be involved, including lodgings, a media company, eateries, several insurance companies, an RV park and a mattress store, among others. They range as far north as north as Lincoln City and as far south as near Waldport, but most within Newport.

This is all inspired by a long-standing tradition on the Oregon coast of finding such fascinating treasures on the beaches for generations. Up until about the ‘70s, Japanese glass floats that were used for fishing nets washed up on these shores with regularity. It began to greatly subside in the ’80s, and finding them now is extremely rare.

These days, the tradition has a modern, artsy twist with the objects made in Newport.

The Greater Newport Chamber said this promotion also helps bring in people during the slow winter season, when exceptional lodging deals and sensational storms of the Oregon coast are mixed with the holiday season and the relaxed vibe of the beach. Call the Newport Chamber of Commerce at 800-262-7844 or see www.newportchamber.org.

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