ST. MICHAELS — Former Centreville town council member and mother of four, local author Mary McCarthy has released her newest book, “I Sea: A Beachcombing Treasure Hunt,” where readers are challenged to find hidden beach treasures. The pages are filled with clever riddles and photos of colorful marine debris from beaches around the world, providing fun for beachcombers of all ages.
Written by McCarthy, with photos and design by Kirsti Scott, the proceeds from the book benefit ocean conservation. “’I Sea’ is dedicated to beachcombers worldwide who pick up not only the treasures on our shorelines, but also the trash. Mary and Kirsti hope that looking for the hidden beach trash and treasures inspires readers to continue to find and pick up treasures on their own beaches,” writes the publisher.
“Eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans each year, and while only a fraction washes up on beaches, beachcombers have the opportunity while on the beach to pick up man-made materials so they don’t harm marine life.”
McCarthy is an author, reiki master, journalist and beachcomber on the Chesapeake Bay. She currently works as senior editor at Splice Today.
She served on the Centreville Town Council from 2004-2007 and founded the blog Pajamasandcoffee.com in 2008. McCarthy also serves on the executive board of the North American Sea Glass Association where she is education chair, and is executive director of The Sea Glass Center educational nonprofit organization.
McCarthy is opening an exhibit “Beach Finds of the Chesapeake” at the Eastern Shore Sea Glass Festival April 5-7 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels (cbmm.org) where she will be lecturing, doing sea glass identification and judging a beach finds contest. She will sign copies of her new which is being premiered at the festival.
For more information on the sea glass festival visit seaglassfestival.com.