Glass Fishing Floats the Perfect Island Treasure! -
Riddle Me This: What is rare, old and round but still vibrantly beautiful to behold?
Answer: Why, an antique glass fishing float, of course!
Original European or Japanese fishing floats are increasingly rare discoveries, collector's items that become more valuable with the passing of time.
Many people dream of finding one of these rare fishing floats, treasure hunting along the beaches of Georgia. The floats were used by fishermen from Asia and Europe to float their nets.
Sometimes, the fishing floats would work their way loose from the nets and drift away, only to wash up years later, antique treasure on some far-flung beach, waiting for beachcombers to find them.
Not as exciting as pirate treasure, no. But beautiful fishing floats were a joy and a blessing to find.
And they still are. Now, Jekyll Island lets visitors experience the thrill of hunting for and finding replica Japanese fishing floats.
Their Island Treasures promotion runs from January 1st to February 28. Visitors can walk Jekyll Island's beautiful beaches and search above the high tide line (but not in the dunes) for replica floats, each numbered and hand-crafted by noted artists.
The beach is not the only hiding place where these island treasures lurk. Poke around hidden alcoves within the Historic District. Or, while enjoying one of Jekyll Island's four golf courses, keep an eye on the rough for the gleam of glass. Jekyll Island's staff have hidden floats all over the island. All you have to do is find them.
You and your family can search for the fishing floats, or glass starfish, or lovely glass sand dollars. If you find one, take it to the Jekyll Island Visitors Center, where you can get a certificate of authenticity and a copy of the biography of the artist that made it. They'll also take your picture with your treasure, and post it on their website.
And, if you're on the island at the end of January, stick around for a further challenge - the Geo-caching for Island Treasures event. Bring your GPS and track down hidden antique treasure fishing floats hidden throughout Jekyll Island.
Seems to me this is a perfect excuse to get back to Jekyll (as if we need an excuse!) and walk those wonderful beaches. And who knows, maybe uncover an Island Treasure - a replica fishing float, glass starfish, or glass sand dollar to call our own.
For more info, call 912-635-3636.