Saturday, May 07, 2011

GlassFest 2011 - Get Ready for the FlameOff!

The second annual GlassFest will take place Memorial Day weekend in Corning. Celebrate glass and the fire arts throughout Corning's Gaffer District beginning Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29.  Listen to the 15-minute podcast to learn more and see the details below.
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The festival has expanded in many ways. One of the most exciting events that took place last year was the Light Up The Night neon display. This will be taking place in Riverfront Park both Friday and Saturday night. There will be a wine and beer tasting on Friday night and live music both Friday and Saturday too.

The Corning Museum of Glass will kick it off with a special 2300 Degrees on Thursday night and they will also set up their Hot Glass Show stage in Centerway Square with live demos every day! Something that I'm really looking forward to is the FlameOff. This is an industry term for an expressive glassmaking challenge that gives artists an opportunity to showcase talents using a torch and compete simultaneously for prizes and artistic recognition. How cool is that?

Of course Saturday and Sunday Market Street will be closed to traffic and the streets will be filled with artists, vendors, and cafe seating from local restaurants. Don't forget the Smokin' Hot Barbeque at the Radisson Hotel and the Fire Arts Show on Market Street.

Best part? It's all free to attend!

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