The Days of Incandescence is a special 12-day celebration in October inspired by the actual history and the rather curious mystery behind Corning’s role in making those special glass bulbs for Thomas Edison’s incandescent lamp and, as a result, it’s role in helping spread light across the world.

This multi-day celebration features a collection of events throughout Corning’s Gaffer District taking place on various days and times. See event calendar below.

LOTG Edison Bulb
Courtesy of the Corning Incorporated Department of Archives & Records Management, Corning, NY

The world was a much darker place once. Before there were electric lights in every room, in every home, on every street.

Did you know that sometime between 1879 and 1880 young inventor Thomas Edison sent someone to Corning to enlist the glass company’s help in creating the special glass envelopes needed to make Edison’s vision of spreading light into every home a reality?

What no one expected, however, was the role a mysterious young boy would play in making that all come true.

The Legend of the Gathers is the story of that historic encounter between Edison’s representative and the mysterious boy who forever changed the fate of one small town.


Available at the following locations

Card Carrying Books and Gifts
15 E. Market St., Corning

Corning Information Center
1 W. Market St., Corning

Dimitri's Confectionery Treats
13 E. Market St, Corning


 Events happening during the Days of Incandescence

Special Offers

Enjoy special offers throughout Corning's Gaffer District during the Days of Incandescence


A Cooperative Event Partnership between the Steuben County CVB, Corning's Gaffer District, the Gaffer District Business Association, and Urban Corning.

This project is made possible, in part, with public funds from NYSCA's Decentralization Program, administered regionally by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.