It may sound sad, but in all actuality, what is know as mermaid tears translates into a beneficial by-product of human consumption, washed away on local beaches worldwide. In popular nomenclature this translates into sea glass: broken pieces of glass and pottery, washed away to sea and tossed around in the sand. Weather you are looking at a common brown colored piece or an extremely rare red derived from a Victorian lamp, sea glass “hunting” can be a great beach activity for all ages.
Cayucos has become a destination for the sea glass “hunter,” and to a large degree thanks to the Cayucos Sea Glass Festival. The second Friday and Saturday in March, enthusiasts, vendors and novices alike gather for two days of fun, discovery, music and food. The Veterans Hall, located at the foot of the pier in Cayucos, is filled to the brim with art, photography, jewelry and many other sea glass accouterments. If that is not enough for you, there is also food, drink and music just behind the Hall. Of course one must not forget the beautiful mermaids gracefully promenading around.
What makes this event even more special for us at On the Beach, Bed and Breakfast is our location. We consider ourselves fortunate to be within twenty paces of the venue. Last year (2013), we were lucky enough to have Mister Richard LaMotte, author of “Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems,” and his lovely wife grace us with their presence at our establishment. Mr. LaMotte was a guest speaker at the event and a wealth of knowledge. We are definitely not sad about the autographed copy we have in the lobby. That goes to say, you never know who the neighbor in the room next to you could be. Imagine sharing a glass of wine during the social hour with a “sea glass royal,” or the waves of fun you could have walking back and forth from the festival to your room. Did we mention you can hear the band from the rooftop deck?
If our words have not been convincing enough ,all there is left to do is book a room and come see for yourself. Join the fun and see what mermaid tears are all about.
Until the next time, we wish you health, happiness and loads of sea glass filled beach fun.