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150 Years of Glass Making in Corning

This year celebrates 150 years since glassmaking came to Corning and with it a culture and heritage still celebrating in bigger and even more exiting ways today. With museums and festivals dedicated to the art, Corning embraces its past as it looks ahead to the future.

Wings and Wheels

Glenn Curtiss mastered the technology related to taking off and landing an aircraft on water, making the "seaplane" in 1911. Every year in Hammondsport, Seaplanes are brought back to Keuka Lakes to honor Curtiss during the Seaplane Homecoming. This year the Seaplane Homecoming combines with the Hammondsport Classic & Exotic Car Show for Wings and Wheels Hammondsport. For two days September 16th and 17th watch seaplanes on the water, cars on land, and enjoy everything that Hammondsport has to offer.

Before Aviation: How Glenn Curtiss Got His Start

Glenn Curtiss, Hammondsport's favorite son, is best known as a pioneer in aviation. But what isn't as widely known is that he got his start in bicycles. May is National Bike Month, so it's the perfect time to shed some light on how Curtiss got his start.

Glenn Curtiss Bikes courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Glenn Curtiss Bikes courtesy of Stu Gallagher

History and Heritage in the Crystal City

It can be said that Corning is a mecca for boutique shopping, delicious dining, and a hotspot for can't miss events. Looking beyond that there is a rich and vast history and heritage that is being told through museums, and hidden within the walls of the buildings that are passed every day. See how museums and businesses are paying homage to those who came before and keeping traditions and the history alive.

A Geocache Adventure

What better way to see the Southern Finger Lakes than to go on a Points of Inspiration Geocache Adventure and view some amazing scenery and architecture that we take for granted. Launching this weekend, you and your family will be able to go out and discover all of the great places worth the visit that may get overlooked. It's like a treasure hunt where not only do you receive a glass token at the end for visiting the sites, but also discovering new and exciting places along the way.

Memorial Day Weekend Getaway

Memorial Day weekend is here which means it is the official kick off to Summer! With a few days off of work and school what better time for a quick spontaneous family getaway and experience all of the fun things Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes has to offer. There is such an expansive variety of things to see, do, and experience that everyone will find something they enjoy.

Two Days Downtown: An Art and Culture Experience

You know what they say it's all about location, location, location! With three captivating museums located in Downtown Corning, just a five minute drive away from each other, location is what makes this so easy. The art and culture you will experience is just the added benefit. Visit Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes, The Rockwell, and the Corning Museum of Glass for a well-rounded experience in the world of art and history. This is a great idea for not only local residents, but for those of you just a short drive away who are looking for a weekend trip idea.

Ahhh Wine!

Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars courtesy of Stu Gallagher
Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars courtesy of Stu Gallagher
"The discovery of a wine," claimed Benjamin Franklin, "is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars."

Pyrex: "America’s Favorite Dish"

My mom had some. Her mom had some, so did my dad's mom. Just about everyone's mother or grandmother had some at one point or another. I mean, this year marks the 100th Anniversary since they first appeared.

Chances are I'm not the only who associates those special glass dishes with so many fond memories.

The Heartbeat of a Small Town: Corning's Market Street

In every charming small town, there's a most idyllic part—a main street. It's a hub of sorts. It's got arts and culture, fantastic shopping, and amazing dining experiences. It's the home of countless festivals and happenings throughout the year. It's a gathering place for locals and tourists alike. It's essentially the heartbeat of the town.

The Many Faces of Fun


As summer wanes, it's important to remind ourselves that that doesn't mean the fun is over. Corning & the Finger Lakes is a year-round destination and, as such, there's still so much left to do every day. As a matter of fact, the end of summer marks the beginning of some very cool opportunities for fun.


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