October 20th - October 31st, 2022

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
  • Live Performances
  • Archibald's Libations Crawl
  • All Hallows Event 
  • Jack-O-Lantern Carving Contest
  • Celebration Events
  • Thematic Special Offers and Experiences

See below for more details and to purchase tickets to select events.


Days of Incandescence Live Music

• Live Music! During this year’s celebration, you’ll find specially themed farmer’s markets and live musical entertainment in Corning's Riverfront Park.

  • Thursday 10/20 10am-3pm - SILVER LINING 10:00am-1:00pm 
  • Thursday 10/27 10am-3pm - PAT KANE DUO 10:00am-1:00pm 
  • Saturday 10/29 4pm-8pm - CHICKEN STRING WING BAND 4:00pm-5:30pm & PAT KANE DUO 6:00pm-7:30pm 

Days of Incandescence Walking Tours

Guided Historic Tours 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. Tickets will go on sale late September. Must register in advance, limited spots available.

  • Thursday, 10/20     7pm
  • Friday, 10/21          7pm
  • Saturday, 10/22      3pm & 7pm
  • Friday, 10/28          7pm
  • Saturday, 10/29      3pm & 7pm
Purchase Tickets Here!

Jack-0-Lantern Lighting & Carving Contest

Jack-O-Lantern Lighting & Carving Contest Celebrate Corning’s unique history and join us in making Corning Glow during the Days of Incandescence Celebration Event. Carve your pumpkins at home. Bring your pre-carved pumpkins to Riverfront Park by 5pm. Light your pumpkins (LED lights only).

Download Contest Rules & Details Here!

  • Saturday, 10/29     5pm
    Corning’s Riverfront Park

Archibald's Libations Crawl

• Archibald's Libations Crawl is a ticketed 1880s costumed libations crawl that happens each year during the Days of Incandescence and includes a souvenir tasting glass with wine and craft beverage tastings and actor engagements where you collect progressive clues to solve the mystery. Participants who successfully solve the mystery will be entered for a chance to win some great prizes.

There will be costumed actors throughout the tour as well as live music performers reflecting the 1880s. We encourage guests to dress in that time period but is not required.

Live Music: 

Grannies Attic 
Pete Thompson 
Bum Ditty Brandon

Check in between 5pm-7pm to pick up your wristbands and tasting glass. *Designated Drivers are welcome to join free of charge and will not require a ticket or receive a wristband and glass

  • Thursday, 10/27     5pm-9pm
Purchase Tickets Here!

All Hallows Event

 All Hallows Event 
Saturday, 10/29.    12pm-4pm
Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes

This special 1-day family-friendly event centers around the supernatural taleThe Legend of the Gathers inspired by the mysterious boy who blew the first light bulb and phantom folk known as The Gathers who arrive each October to help get light out into the world. The fictional story was inspired by real local history and Corning’s involvement making the first bulbs for Thomas Edison and was made into a 40-page chapbook as well as a beautifully illustrated picture book. The picture book is available for purchase at Heritage Village, Card Carrying Books, The Corning Museum of Glass, and Finger Lakes Unique.

  • Meet the Artists (meet the illustrator and author of the picture book The Legend of the Gathers which tells the tale of that mysterious boy and phantom folk called The Gathers who arrive each October in Corning to help share the light)
  • Craft Beer Tastings with Liquid Shoes Brewing
  • Handcrafted Ice Cream from Dippity Do Dahs (available for purchase)
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Free Farm Fresh Apples and Cider (samples available)
  • Hearth Cooking Demonstrations (costumed docents cooking on the hearth)
  • Spinning Demonstrations (costumed docents spin in the one-room log cabin)
  • Blacksmithing Demonstrations (costumed docents work the anvil in blacksmith shop)
  • Live Music
  • Awaken the Spirits: Special Behind the Scenes Ghost Hunt at Heritage Village (led by experts from the Paranormal Society of the Twin Tiers, you can use their equipment or bring your own for this special Halloween three-hour search for signs of spirits) The Ghost Hunt will take place later in the evening and requires registration

 

Awaken the Spirits: Special Behind the Scenes Ghost Hunt
Saturday, 10/29     7pm-10pm
Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes

Led by experts from the Paranormal Society of the Twin Tiers (P.A.S.T.), you can use their equipment or bring your own for this special Halloween three-hour search for signs of spirits. 

If you’re expecting something out of Poltergeist, Ghost Busters, or the Sixth Sense, this isn’t that sort of experience. “We don’t provoke the spirits,” says lead P.A.S.T. investigator Bill Vockroth. “You see that sometimes in movies or online, Ghost Hunters who set out to stir things up. But that’s not our intention.” So far the encounters at Heritage Village have all been positive.

The hunts are called “Awaken the Spirits” Ghost Hunts which seems especially apt as they have awakened not just the spirits that inhabit the historic museum (and it appears there are several including a mischievous six-year-old named Emily), but also those of the investigators who arrive with anticipation, a sense of wonder, and hope. Ordinary men, women, and children from various walks of life gathering with a common interest and sense of curiosity. With questions, perhaps. And an eagerness to see what they might detect. The Ghost Hunt is a ticketed event and requires registration


Days of Incandescence Celebration

Days of Incandescence Celebration.

Saturday, 10/29     4pm-8pm
Corning’s Riverfront Park

Step back in time and celebrate 1880s style with live music, vendors, activities, walking tours, Jack-o-Lantern Contest, and more. Walk under strings of Edison lights as you enjoy family-friendly 19th Century style live music and festivities to celebrate the light!

  • Nate the Great - Circus professional from Ithaca performing a special juggling act
  • Horse and Carriage Rides will be available at Centerway Square (prior to 4pm)
  • Jack-O-Lantern Lighting and Carving Contest