From its 10 miles of beaches
to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center
to the National Historic Landmark District
and much more, everyone knows that numerous treasures await them on Jekyll Island, Ga. And during January and February, there’s another type of treasure that can be discovered in the area, called Island Treasures
Hand-crafted by artists, these glass floats are modeled after the original glass floats
that were found on fishing nets in the early 1900s. Eventually these glass floats would break off and be discovered along the beaches. Highly collectable for a period of time, the glass floats were phased out as the industry turned to plastic and Styrofoam floats. Since 2002, the Jekyll Island Authority has brought back this experience as “Beach Buddies” hide the Island Treasures along the shoreline and other places for visitors to find. Once you find one, you can register it at the visitor’s information center and receive the artist bio and certificate of authenticity.
Described by Erica England, Communications Specialist, Jekyll Island Authority, as a “fun, unique event that’s extremely popular,” it’s quite easy to participate. Begin by “liking
” Jekyll Island on Facebook to receive clues. New to this years’ search is QR codes
, which England says is a neat way to change things up a bit and provides visitors more of an opportunity to explore the area. Simply use your smartphone and the QR Code Scanner app (numerous ones are available for download in the app store), take a photo and the information is revealed to you. And don’t worry if you don’t have a smartphone, geocaching coordinates will also provided on their Facebook page as well.
And don’t worry if you can’t make it to Jekyll Island these next two months, because you can still participate. According to England, virtual Island Treasures will be placed on the website once a week. Click on it and you can win one to be sent to you. Announcements regarding the virtual Island Treasures can be found on their Facebook page.
A Few Quick Facts on Island Treasures
photo credit: Island Treasures, courtesy of Jekyll Island Authority
- The five different artists (one from Georgia) were chosen for different reasons that included quality of work.
- All floats must be hand-blown glass, individually signed and numbered.
- As of press time, twelve floats have been registered.