Ticketing Information

GlassBarge will be open for free glassblowing demonstrations from 11 am to 6 pm daily. All demos are approximately 30 minutes long, and seating is limited. Guests are strongly encouraged to register online for specific demonstration locations and times. Registration will be available four to six weeks prior to each stop.

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Upcoming GlassBarge Stops

  • June 21-22: Troy (no Lois McClure) – Riverfront Park – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
  • June 23-24: Waterford – Waterford Canal Welcome Center – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
  • June 27*: Amsterdam – Riverlink Park – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
  • June 28*: Canajoharie – Riverfront Park (abbreviated demo schedule) – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
  • June 30-July 1: Little Falls – Little Falls Marina Rotary Park – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
  • July 3*: Ilion – Village of Ilion Marina – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
  • July 5*: Rome – Bellamy Harbor Park – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
  • July 7-8: Sylvan Beach – Dockwall in Sylvan Beach – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
  • July 13-15: Baldwinsville – Paper Mill Island – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
  • July 18*: Lyons – Behind the Fire Department – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
  • July 20-22: Fairport – Packetts Landing
  • July 24*: Holley – Holley Canal Park
  • July 28-29: Lockport – Upson Park
  • July 31*: Tonawanda – Gateway Harbor of the Tonawandas
  • August 3-5: Buffalo – Canalside
  • August 8*: Middleport – Middleport Harbor
  • August 11-12: Medina – Medina Canal Basin
  • August 17-19: Brockport – Brockport Welcome Center
  • August 22*: Spencerport – Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum
  • August 25-26: Pittsford – Carpenter Park at the Port of Pittsford
  • August 28*: Palmyra – Erie Canal Lock 29
  • September 1-3: Seneca Falls – Seneca Falls Canal Harbor
  • September 14-16: Watkins Glen – Seneca Lake Pier
  • September 22: Corning

*Midweek stops are not noted on the map.

About GlassBarge

Glassmaking innovations in Corning have shaped the modern world, from the first electric light bulbs for Thomas Edison and the invention of optical fiber for telecommunications, to the glass used in modern flat screen displays. And that story all began with a voyage on New York State’s waterways.

In 1868, the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company relocated to Corning, via the New York Waterways, and evolved into the company that is today known as Corning Incorporated. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of this pivotal journey, CMoG will launch GlassBarge—a 30’ x 80’ canal barge equipped with CMoG’s patented all-electric glassmaking equipment—in Brooklyn Bridge Park on May 17, 2018. It will then travel north on the Hudson, then westward along the Erie Canal before making its way to the Finger Lakes. It will stop at ports in Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Albany, Little Falls, Sylvan Beach, Baldwinsville, Fairport, Lockport, Buffalo, Medina, Brockport, Pittsford, Seneca Falls, and Watkins Glen. A ceremonial last leg of the trip will take place by land, concluding in Corning with a community-wide celebration on September 22.

In addition to sharing the story of glassmaking in Corning, the GlassBarge tour emphasizes the continued role of New York’s waterways in shaping the state’s industry, culture, and community. GlassBarge is the 2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial. The GlassBarge journey will also be celebrated back in Corning with a re-installation of the Crystal City Gallery, which shares the story of how Corning became one of the premier centers for glass cutting in the United States.

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The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will invite people aboard the Lois McClure to learn about what life was like on board a canal barge in the 19th century. Tours are first come, first served and do not require registration. The South Street Seaport Museum will also be on hand to talk about their historic tug that will be moving GlassBarge along the waterways.

GlassBarge is enabled through the generous support of grants from I LOVE NEW YORK, Empire State Development’s Division of Tourism; the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA); and the New York State Canal Corporation through Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.