Corning’s annual GlassFest is this weekend, actually beginning tomorrow (Thursday).
Last year I went, but Play Finger Lakes wasn’t quite ready for the worldwide web at that time yet, so I just realized I never did an article on it! I’m going to give you a quick overview of last year’s festival (with some pictures!), and then give you some details on what we can expect from it this year. Hopefully you’ll want to check it out!
As most festivals around the Finger Lakes go, this one in general isn’t a whole lot different as far as tents and booths go. What does make it unique, however, is the glass-blowing demos, and the location. It’s held on Market Street in downtown Corning, meaning in addition to the usual tents that are lined along the street, you can also check out all of the little shops and restaurants without ever leaving festival territory as well. It’s a really fun day to just visit and see what you find!
What makes GlassFest awesome – is of course the focal point: glass. There is a stage set up specifically for glass-blowers from the museum to give demonstrations throughout the weekend, and if you’ve never been to the museum…or even if you have, it’s always neat to see the process of sand and fire turning into beautiful dishes and artwork. They talk as they go as well, so you always know what’s happening and what they’re going to do next.
Another neat feature of the festival is the mini music festival aspect, called Rock the Park. Artists this year will include country music star Mark Willis, Celtic rock band The Town Pants, and DSB An American Journey. The latter is a Journey cover band, and I’ve heard they’re super convincing and almost on par with Journey themselves. It looks to me that the GlassFest has a pretty solid lineup this year, and it should be a great weekend in Corning.
Other events and activities throughout the weekend will include the GlassFest 8k, a scavenger hunt, a Memorial Day salute, pottery demonstrations, and wine and beer tasting. The festival will also feature a dazzling fireworks show on Saturday night, so don’t miss out on that.
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