Saturday, September 12, 2009

Day 100 Rest Area Worcester, NY

Captain’s Blog


September10, 2009

  WOW, it’s hard to believe it has been 100 days since we started on this great journey of ours. It has flown by so fast and the summer is almost completely behind us.


We left Watkins Glen around 10:30 am heading down the road to the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, NY. I was expecting a replication of the Corning Glass Factory from years ago but was pleasantly surprised to find several phenomenal glass exhibits including 35 centuries of glass on display.

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The museum is enormous so we tried to get through in an orderly fashion so as not to miss anything. Many of the pieces caught our eye and we realized we do have eclectic taste. We liked anything from super modern to antique.

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There was a chess set that was made up of glass figurines of religious figures that was absolutely beautiful. And, a museum of glass would not be complete without stained glass windows from Tiffany and Frank Lloyd Wright.

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We attended several glass demonstrations including a hot glass show where the young lady fashioned a great crab from blown glass.

IMG_5045 She had done apprenticeships for several years with artisans around the world. Many of the artisans do a six -year internship in the glass blowing department at Corning or they come to Corning out of college with glass blowing as part of their college curriculum. We then attended a flame - working demo where the man made a beautiful horse IMG_5064IMG_5067 from a shaft of glass. Later we attended a glass breaking demo and fiber- optic demo that were both fun and informative.

Back in the museum we pursued the remaining exhibits and were once again impressed by the talent of so many people. We were in the museum for over four hours and certainly could have spent more time there if we had wanted to take part in glass blowing our own ornament.

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We didn’t get back on the road until 4 pm and drove for about three hours. We stopped for the night at a rest area IMG_5126and tomorrow we will be heading to North Adams.

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