Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Getting Ready for the Sea-Bean Symposium

The 13th Annual Sea-Bean Symposium is just a month away - Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, at the Cocoa Beach Library. The keynote speaker Saturday evening (7:45 to 8:45) is Richard LaMotte, vice-president of the North American Sea Glass Association and author of the award-winning book Pure Sea Glass (2004). He'll be at the Symposium Saturday during the day to autograph his book and confer with folks about interesting sea glass, so "bring it if you've got it."

We're excited that Izumi Hanno, world traveling sea-beaner, will be back with us. Izumi is a botanical artist, a cartoonist and a beachcomber. It's been several years since we saw Izumi, and we're looking forward to her presentation on Saturday afternoon (1:00 to 2:00). This girl leads an exciting life!

At Beaners' Night Out last night, we got the Drifting Seed newsletters labeled for mailing. Ed Perry outdid himself with this edition - you can read it on-line at, Drifting Seed Newsletters option, Vol 14(2), 9/1/08. (I know, I could have given you a direct link, but I want you to look at the rest of the website - it's a labor of love for Paul Mikkelsen, and full of good stuff.) You'll find a full schedule for the Symposium on page 18, and more information about Izumi on an earlier page.

If you've been to one of the previous Symposiums, I know you'll be back. If you've never been to one, and you're the type that reads blogs like this, you owe it to yourself to attend - it's a unique affair!

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