Thank you for a coming out and making this year a success!
When Thomas Edison reached out to Corning Flint Glass Works after getting patents for his incandescent lamp, he was looking to the small town glass factory to not just produce the special heat resistant glass, but needed it’s skilled glassblowers to create blown bulbs “free hand” or without using a mold. It was an arduous task, one that took gaffer James Lear and his crew all day to complete 165 bulbs that were satisfactory to Edison’s representative. But only after a mysterious shop boy blew the first bubble.
The Days of Incandescence is a special multi-day celebration each October inspired by the actual history and rather curious mystery behind Corning’s role in making the special glass bulbs for Thomas Edison’s incandescent lamp and, as a result, it’s role in helping spread light across the world. As part of this multi-day event, a special story was written and published called The Legend of the Gathers which explores that historic event and the role a mysterious young boy played in making it all come true. “The Days of Incandescence” includes actor guided walking tours (SOLD OUT), live performances, a libations crawl, and thematic special offers and experiences throughout the Gaffer District and the Heritage Village to take guests back to the 1880s.
• Live Music! During this year’s celebration, you’ll find specially themed farmer’s markets and live entertainment from Uncle Jo and the Rosebud Ramblers (offering a mix of lively up-tempo New England fiddle tunes and energetic old-time pre-Civil War tunes) from 11:30am-1:30pm on 10/21 and Silver Lining (playing southern Appalachian and Midwestern “old-time” music) from 11am-2pm on 10/28.
• Guided Historic Tours (SOLD OUT) Explore Corning at night with these popular tours led by costumed guides who reveal some of the Crystal City’s lesser known history. Learn about Corning’s fascinating history before it became known as America’s Crystal City and the events that helped shaped the company and the town’s future. There will be one tour beginning at 7pm on 10/21, 10/22, 10/23, 10/28 and 10/29. You must register in advance to attend as spots are limited to the first 20 people.
• Archibald's Libations Crawl is a costumed libations crawl that happens each year during the Days of Incandescence with exclusive themed drink specials and prize drawings. Guests will check in through the Explore Steuben Trip Planner App at each location to be entered to win prizes including Gaffer District Gift Cards, locally made glass pumpkins, a copy of the Legend of the Gathers picture book, and more.
Enjoy unique fun fall flavors featured in adult beverage form like the Incandescence IPA, Edison's Enlightener with Belvedere Blackberry, Lemongrass & Sage vodka Spritzer, Served in a lightbulb shaped glass, and Hot Apple Cider Toddy with lemon and Bourbon. Libations Crawl participants are encouraged to dress in 1880s costume. Those dressed in costume will enjoy exclusive special offers.
October 21st - 31st, 2021 - Participating Businesses
Days of Incandescence Celebration.
On Saturday (10/30), there’s a special family-friendly event at Heritage Village aptly named the Days of Incandescence Celebration. The one-day event will feature live demonstrations of blacksmithing, spinning, and hearth cooking by costumed docents, a Meet the Artists book talk with the illustrator and author of the picture book The Legend of the Gathers, a selfie scavenger hunt, free farm fresh cider and apples, pumpkin painting, craft beer tasting from Liquid Shoes Brewing, live music, and specially themed Incandescence ice cream for purchase from Dippity Do Dahs.
Other Exciting Happenings during the 2021 Days of Incandescence
Special Offers & Experiences
Come out to shop and dine during the Days of Incandescence 10/21 – 10/31 to enjoy the fall flavors in Corning’s Gaffer District. Exclusive offers are also available at the locations listed below.
- Liquid Shoes Brewing - $1.00 off Incandescence IPA for those dressed in costumer for Days of Incandescence.
- Dippity Do Dahs Homemade Ice Cream – Exclusive Incandescence flavor of homemade marshmallow ice cream with decadent fudge swirl and yellow M&M candies. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this flavor between 10/21 – 10/31 goes to support the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes Museum
- Dimitris Treats – Mention the Days of Incandescence discount for 10% off your purchase.
- Pixie Moss Meadows – Check out the magical light bulb terrariums during the Days of Incandescence
- F.L.X. Provisions - complimentary house-made vanilla marshmallow toasted to order for anyone arriving in costume!
- Burgers and Beer of Corning - a free small order of fries to those dressed in costume.
- Cugini Cafe - Grab a "The Ghost of Archibald" sandwich before Oct. 31st. Turkey, provolone, lettuce, tomato and onion with Italian dressing and a ghost pepper aioli sub.
Crystal City Courier
Make sure to keep your eyes open to get your copy of the special Days of Incandescence 1880 Crystal City Courier Newspaper at The Corning Farmer’s Market on Thursday, October 21st and Thursday, 28th. Copies will also be available during The Days of Incandescence at Dippity Do Dahs Homemade Ice Cream, Finger Lakes Unique, Liquid Shoes Brewery, Dimitri’s Confectionary Treats, F.L.X. Provisions, and Pixie Moss Meadows.
Prefer a pdf copy of our Courier? Download here!
Thematic Farmer's Market with Live Music
Thursday, October 21st
There’s a special Days of Incandescence/Halloween Themed Farmer’s Market in Corning from 10am-3pm with live music from Uncle Jo and the Rosebud Ramblers from 11:30am-1:30pm.
Uncle Jo and the Rosebud Ramblers offers a mix of lively up-tempo New England fiddle tunes, energetic old-time tunes from before theCivil War, and family-oriented traditional folk songs that have stood the test of time. It's a common sight to see a spontaneous square dance or elegant waltz break out among the toe-tapping audience during a performance. Joe's wonderful renditions of traditional folk songs are enhanced by Cap's wild guitar playing and singing. Robin holds down the groove and keeps 'em honest with Alice a genius on the spoons. Renee's thirst for finding new tunes for the fiddle guarantees the listener and dancer a new treat at every show.
Thursday, October 28th
There’s a special Days of Incandescence/Halloween Themed Farmer’s Market in Corning from 10am-3pm with live music from Silver Lining from 11am-2pm on Centerway Square Stage.
Silver Lining plays Southern Appalachian and Midwestern “old-time” music. “It’s much older than bluegrass, its best-known offshoot.” They also play a lot of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, and a few from Canada, Italy, Finland, and elsewhere. In addition to fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin, their instruments include the autoharp, mountain dulcimer, harmonica, Native American flute, pennywhistle, and kalimba. While some of these may not sound like traditional American instruments,American music for centuries has blended elements from many parts of Europe and West Africa. The band calls itself Silver Lining both because of the members’ hair color and their upbeat approach to life.
Awaken the Spirits: Special "Behind the Scenes Ghost Hunt
October 30th 7-10pm/
Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes, 73 Pulteney Street,, Corning, NY 14830
The Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Paranormal Association of the Southern Tier (P.A.S.T.) will be hosting a special “behind the scenes” guided ghost hunt called, Awaken the Spirits. The popular monthly ghost hunts are 90-mionutes, but this special event is 3 hours and will also include refreshments.
Advance reservations are required for all guests. There is a fee for the Ghost Hunt with limited capacity of attendees and health safety precautions in place. You must be 14-17 (accompanied by an adult) or an adult with proper ID.
P.A.S.T investigators will guide each group around the Heritage Village using their equipment. You may bring your own ghost-hunting equipment to your hunt. This event is for historical and entertainment purposes only. For reservations, please call 607 937-5281 or visit the website here.
Sometimes the things most worth celebrating in life are the ones no one else has ever heard of. Seemingly small moments that impact a few lives away from the attention of the rest of the world. Some of the best of those moments happen in small towns, like Corning, also known as America’s Crystal City.
Of course, sometimes those seemingly small moments impact the rest of the world and become a really big deal that everyone has heard of to some degree.
They just haven’t heard the entire story. And that’s where things get interesting.
Want to experience creating your own glass?
Take a class or a workshop, learn a new skill from a master craftsman, tap into your inner artist, and make unforgettable memories. Throw clay, shape molten glass, work with stained glass. There are so many ways to discover the magic of creating something with your own hands. Go ahead, surprise yourself!