Registration is open for tickets to GlassBarge, Corning Museum of Glass’ mobile glassmaking studio on a canal barge, which will offer free family-friendly demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 28 at Erie Canal Lock 29 in Palmyra.
Visitors can see expert glassblowers demonstrate how to shape molten glass into vases, bowls and sculptures while hearing about the story of glassmaking and the Erie Canal in the state.
GlassBarge is accompanied by another historic vessel, the Lois McClure. Visitors can step aboard the schooner from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s collection to learn about what life was like on the Erie Canal in the 19th century.
The 30-minute glassmaking demonstrations are offered on an hourly basis. The Lois McClure is open for tours during the same hours.
Reservations are recommended for the GlassBarge due to limited seating. Tours of the Lois McClure are first come, first served. Visit bit.ly/2pAz396 for information.
Representatives from the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City will be on-hand to share information about its historic tug that is moving the GlassBarge along the waterways.
GlassBarge commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Co. — now known as Corning Inc. — relocating to Corning via the state waterways by canal barge.
In celebration of this journey, Corning Museum of Glass is recreating the voyage with GlassBarge — a 30-by-80-foot canal barge equipped with the museum’s patented all-electric glassmaking equipment. The tour emphasizes the continued role of the waterways in shaping the state’s industry, culture and community.
GlassBarge is the 2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal bicentennial. A flotilla of historic ships from the collections of the South Street Seaport Museum and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, are accompanying GlassBarge throughout its journey.