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Scramble drew many to Langley for rush on glass treasures | NOTABLE

January 9, 2013 · Updated 2:07 PM

Bob Thurmond and Langley Police Chief Randy Heston serve as gatekeepers as they hold back the crowd anxious for the opening of Saturday morning’s Sea Float Scramble sponsored by the Langley Main Street Association and Callahan’s Firehouse Glass Studio. One of the orbs can be seen on the ground at left. / Janet Ploof photo

The Langley Sea Float Scramble, held Saturday at Seawall Park, was a big success. Hundreds of children and adults showed up to hunt for artfully blown glass sea floats created by artist Callahan McVay of Callahan’s Firehouse.

“We had a great turnout,” McVay said. “People had a great time.”

The event was sponsored by the Langley Main Street Association, which is dedicated to economic revitalization and historic preservation in Langley.

“It was amazing to see young kids mixed in with adults, all having fun,” said Janet Ploof, president of Langley Main Street Association.

At 11 a.m. sharp, the scramble began and people streamed all over the seaside park looking for the glass treasures, similar to an Easter egg hunt. The event was free to all. The lucky ones who found a float are now the owners of a numbered, one-of-a-kind piece of artwork.

She also said the event kept many families in town enjoying stores and restaurants. Ploof said that many businesses reported better than usual business for the past weekend.

“We are really grateful for all the volunteers and helpers who made this possible, and of course Callahan, who made hundreds of glass floats for people to take home,” Ploof said.

The event was one of the first Langley Centennial celebration events that will be held throughout the year to celebrate the city’s 100th birthday. Next up is a living history presentation at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts on Jan. 26.


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