Mary T. McCarthy Lecture: "Sea Marbles From Around The World"

Earl Warren Showgrounds - Earl Warren Hall - Community Room

Saturday, September 10th 12pm-1pm & Sunday, September 11th 12pm-1pm

Best-selling author, avid sea glass collector and expert on the topic, Mary T. McCarthy, will speak on both days of The Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival.

Sea marbles wash up on beaches around the world. Why? Were they used as ballast for ships? Did they come from the insides of bottles at bars? Or were most simply used as children's toys, ending up in the waves after many years on beaches at play? This lecture will explore the origins and history of the different types of marbles that wash up on shorelines, and include a display of sea marbles from over 20 countries and waterways from around the globe.

Mary McCarthy is a bestselling author, lifelong journalist and writing professor. She often writes on sea glass related topics, speaks and does shard identification at regional sea glass shows, and has spoken at the International Beachcombing Conference and 2016 North American Sea Glass Association festival.  She is a mother of four and kayaker on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. Browse through a collection of articles she's written and follow her sea glass finds in real time on Instagram @marytmccarthy