2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the relocation of Brooklyn Flint Glass Company from Brooklyn to Corning, New York. In celebration of this milestone, Corning Museum of Glass launched GlassBarge – a 30’ x 80’ canal barge equipped with CMoG’s patented all-electric glassmaking equipment – in Brooklyn Bridge Park in May. It spent the summer traveling north up the Hudson, then down the Erie Canal, making many stops at ports along the way. In addition to sharing the story of glassmaking in Corning, GlassBarge is the 2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial.
GlassBarge will arrive in Watkins Glen on September 14, where it will dock at Seneca Harbor Park through September 16. This will kick off a 3-day celebration and community event known as Glass in the Glen including hot glass shows, fireworks, live music, and a festival-like atmosphere with vendors and local artisans in “The Market.