Jekyll Island, Ga. (December 5, 2006) – During the months of January and February, visitors to Jekyll Island seeking treasures by the sea may take home more than island shells. Jekyll Island’s popular “Island Treasures” promotion is returning, offering treasure seekers the opportunity to find beautifully crafted, limited-edition glass floats. The Island Treasures, created in the likeness of floats used for centuries by fishermen in Europe and Asia, are placed in limited numbers along the beach for visitors to find and keep. It’s a ‘surprise and delight’ treat started by the Jekyll Island Authority in 2002, and it instantly became a hit.
“What began as an idea to provide guests with something unexpected has evolved into a new tradition,” says Eric Garvey, senior director of marketing for Jekyll Island. “Our guests are so active in their participation that it has become more and more difficult to hide the treasures!”
The Island Treasures are one-of-a-kind pieces commissioned from highly skilled artisans from throughout the United States. Among the artists contributing their talents:
• Paul T. Steinke, Leaning Glass Studios, Jacksonville, Florida
• Claude Kurtz, Fernhill Glass Studio, Troutdale, Oregon
• Treasure Collupy, Treasure’d Glass, Skamokawa, Washington
• Dennis Schmitz, Pyromania Glass Studio & Gallery, Newport Oregon
• Mark Ellinger, Glass Quest, Stanwood, Washington
The Island Treasures collection features brilliantly colored fishing floats, magical starfish, beautiful sand dollars and other exceptional pieces. Each piece is numbered and signed by the artist who created it.
Guests who find the Island Treasures are asked to register their find at the Jekyll Island Welcome Center to receive a certificate of authenticity, artist bio and an embroidered gift bag. As added incentive to register their find, all those who register their Island Treasure are automatically entered to win a special, one-of-a-kind glass creation by artist Mark Ellinger.
Visitors who don’t find an Island Treasure can purchase them for $65 at the Jekyll Island Welcome Center or online at www.jekyllisland.com. For more information regarding Island Treasures and related hotel stay packages, call 877-4JEKYLL or visit www.jekyllisland.com.
About Jekyll Island.
Jekyll Island is a barrier island on Georgia’s coast – midway between Jacksonville, Fla., and Savannah, Ga. Accessible by car just minutes from I-95, Jekyll Island offers a variety of amenities, including 10 miles of beach, four golf courses, a 250-acre Historic Landmark District, water park, tennis center, an array of lodging options including hotels, cottages and campgrounds. Owned by the State of Georgia, and managed by the Jekyll Island State Park Authority, Jekyll Island has had development limited to just 35 percent of its available land area. This unique aspect of Jekyll Island serves to preserve the critical barrier island ecosystem, as well as provides guests with a unique escape from the crowds and complications of other beach resort destinations. Please visit www.jekyllisland.com for more information or call 1-877-4JEKYLL.
About the Jekyll Island Foundation
The Jekyll Island Foundation is a tax exempt, public, non-profit that offers participatory opportunities in planned giving, private donation, legislative education, corporate support, and philanthropic foundation support. The Foundation serves to raise, receive, manage and disburse funds for the stewardship of the historic and natural resources of Jekyll Island. This stewardship includes preservation and improvement of historic sites, conservation of the undeveloped portion of the island and development and improvement of amenities for visitors to the island. The Jekyll Island Foundation’s current project is a major capital campaign to help fund the construction of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Activities include the Georgia Sea Turtle Center “Walkway to Wonder” program, where personalized bricks can be purchased for $50 and placed permanently in the walkway outside the Center. For additional information on the Jekyll Island Foundation or to learn more about the “Walkway to Wonder” commemorative brick program, please visit www.JekyllIslandFoundation.org or call (912) 635-4402. The Foundation office is located in Villa Ospo at 381 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, Ga., 31527.