Corning Museum's Glass Barge Stops in Baldwinsville to Mark 150th Anniv. of Voyage Along Erie Canal

Jul 13, 2018

Central New Yorkers who want to see the ancient art of glass making come alive in a unique setting have a chance this weekend on a canal barge in Baldwinsville.  The Corning Museum of Glass is replicating the relocation of the former Brooklyn Flint glass company 150 years ago from Brooklyn, up the Hudson River, along the Erie Canal, to its current home in Corning.  WAER News caught up with a veteran glassmaker from the Museum to talk about his craft. 

The Corning Museum's Glass Barge hardly looks like a docked boat on the barge canal at Lock 24 in Baldwinsville.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

That’s Eric Meek, manager of hot glass programs at the Corning Museum of Glass.  Free glass blowing demonstrations run 11 to 6 through Sunday, with the last show each day at 5:00 on the GlassBarge docked at Lock 24 in Baldwinsville.  Due to limited seating, reservations are encouraged here.  

Visitors can also take tours of the Lois McClure, a replica canal boat hosted by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum which is accompanying the GlassBarge on its journey.

The voyage coincides with the bicentennial of the Erie Canal and the centennial of the Barge Canal, which it's using to cross the state.