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.


GlassBarge Weekend Schedule

GlassBarge 2018 Weekend Schedule Port Map

May 17-28: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
June 1-3: Yonkers – Yonkers Recreational Pier
June 8-10: Poughkeepsie – Waryas Park
June 15-17: Kingston – Hudson River Maritime Museum
June 19: Catskill (no Lois McClure) – Historic Catskill Point
June 21-24: Albany area/Waterford – Locations TBD
June 27*: Amsterdam – Riverlink Park
June 28*: Canajoharie – Riverfront Park (Demo schedule may be shortened)
June 30-July 1: Little Falls – Little Falls Marina Rotary Park
July 3*: Ilion – Village of Ilion Marina
July 5*: Rome – Bellamy Harbor Park
July 7-8: Sylvan Beach – Location TBD
July 13-15: Baldwinsville – Paper Mill Island
July 18*: Lyons – Location TBD
July 20-22: Fairport – Packetts Landing
July 24*: Holley – Location TBD
July 28-29: Lockport – Upson Park
July 31*: The Tonawandas – Locations in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda TBD
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 – 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 spots are not noted on the map.

Ticketing and Additional Information

GlassBarge will provide free demonstrations from 11 am to 6 pm. 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.

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.

The GlassBarge journey will also be celebrated back in Corning with a re-installation of the Crystal City Gallery, which will share the story of how Corning became one of the premier centers for glass cutting in the United States.

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.

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