GlassBarge travels to Seneca Lake
WATKINS GLEN--2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the relocation of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company from Brooklyn to Corning. In celebration of this milestone, the Corning Museum of Glass launched a GlassBarge, a 30' x 80' canal barge equipped with CMoG's patented all-electric glassmaking equipment. The moving exhibit began in Brooklyn and has since made stops along the Hudson River and canal system. Watkins Glen is the final stop for the barge from Sept. 13-16 before an ending celebration at Corning. In addition to sharing the story of glassmaking in Corning, the GlassBarge is the 2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial.
The GlassBarge will have events in Watkins Glen starting Thursday, Sept. 13, where it is docked at Seneca Harbor Pier. This will kick off a celebration and community event called "Glass in the Glen" including live hot glass demos, plus fireworks, live music and a festival-like atmosphere with vendors and local artisans in "The Market." There is no charge to attend any portion of this event, but seats for the live hot glass demos must be reserved at www.cmog.org/glassbarge. A talk on the history of the Chemung Canal at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13 also requires registration, but through Eventbrite.com by searching "Schuyler Historian Talk."
A free shuttle service will be available Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Route 1 runs between Seneca Harbor Park and Clute Park. Route 2 loops from the Watkins Glen high school/The Arc parking lot on 12th Street, the state park parking lot on 10th Street, and Seneca Harbor Park.
The schedule of events includes:
Thursday, Sept. 13: History of the Chemung Canal by historian Gary Emerson aboard the GlassBarge, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 14: Live Hot Glass Demos aboard the GlassBarge, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Glass in the Glen "The Market," 12-9 p.m.; Live Music - The Ende Brothers (Village Marina Stage), 12-2:30 p.m.; Nate Michaels (Village Marina Stage), 2:30-5:30 p.m.; Donna the Buffalo (Seneca Harbor Park), 6-9 p.m.; Fireworks over Seneca Harbor Park, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15: Live Hot Glass Demos aboard the GlassBarge, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Glass in the Glen "The Market," 12-9 p.m.; Live Music - The Sweats (Village Marina Stage), 12-2:30 p.m.; Telephone Party (Village Marina Stage), 2:30-5 p.m.; The Destination (Seneca Harbor Park), 6-9 p.m.; History of the Chemung Canal by historian Gary Emerson (RoosterFish Brewing), 6:30 p.m.; Fireworks over Seneca Harbor Park 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16: Live Hot Glass Demos aboard the GlassBarge, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Glass in the Glen "The Market," 12-5 p.m.; Live Music - Horse Stories (Seneca Harbor Park), 12-2 p.m.; Sim Redmond Band (Seneca Harbor Park), 2-4 p.m.
For additional GlassBarge information see www.cmog.org/glassmaking/demos/hot-glass-demos/glassbarge.