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Corning’s GlassBarge to visit Fairport in July

Corning’s GlassBarge to visit Fairport in July

The GlassBarge tour will make a stop at Packetts Landing in Fairport July 20.
The GlassBarge tour will make a stop at Packetts Landing in Fairport July 20.

The Fairport Perinton Partnership, a volunteer organization that provides professional services to the community, has joined the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) to bring the 2018 GlassBarge tour to the Fairport canal-side at the Packetts Landing terrace this summer.

GlassBarge commemorates the 150th anniversary of the relocation of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Co.—now known as Corning Inc.—to Corning via the New York waterways by canal barge. To celebrate the journey, CMoG will re-create the voyage with GlassBarge, a 30-foot by 80-foot canal barge equipped with the company’s patented, all-electric glassmaking equipment.

“We are thrilled to partner with Fairport to bring to life the historic waterway in their community,” said Rob Cassetti, senior director, creative strategy and audience engagement at CMoG. “The Corning Museum of Glass has taken mobile glassmaking around the world, and we can’t wait to share the beauty of this endlessly versatile material with our closest neighbors across New York State.”

The GlassBarge tour will emphasize the continued role of the state’s waterways in shaping New York’s industry, culture and community.

GlassBarge commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Co.'s move to Corning via the New York waterways.
GlassBarge commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Co.’s move to Corning via the New York waterways.

GlassBarge will begin its tour in Brooklyn on May 17 and will travel north on the Hudson River, then west along the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo, before making its way to the Finger Lakes. The tour will stop in Fairport from July 20 through July 22. The GlassBarge tour will conclude with a community-wide celebration in Corning on Sept. 22.

As the 2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal bicentennial, GlassBarge will offer free public glassmaking demonstrations at each scheduled stop during its four-month tour.

“Fairport is proud to be the premier weekend host for the Greater Rochester Region,” Fairport Mayor Fritz May said in a news release. “The GlassBarge was a huge hit at Fairport Canal Days last year and we’re certain it will be equally well received as a stand-alone event this year.”

A flotilla of historic ships will accompany GlassBarge, including the Lois McClure, a replica of an 1862 canal barge, and the C.L. Churchill, a 1964 tugboat.

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