A yearly tradition is returning to Corning at the end of May. The 8th Annual Glassfest is a four day celebration of glass and fire arts. The festival draws thousands of people to Corning to see glass making demonstrations, live music and entertainment. There also is shopping and dining with a firework display on Saturday night of the four day celebration.
Corning is the city of glass because they are where glass from this part of the country started. Gaffer District Executive Director Coleen Fabrizi says this event is to celebrate both history and show everything from the innovation and science of glass and the art of it as well.
The Corning’s Gaffer District is named after the gaffer which is a glassblower. The district itself is the downtown commerce business where shopping, dining and entertainment happen. The festival will kick off with a glass ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday. The ribbon is made out of glass that is cut with a tool similar to gardening sheers.
There will be a featured glass artist from Seattle this year. Julie Conway from Illuminata Art Glass Design will be a a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony. Fabrizi says later in the evening there will be an illuminata stroll to look at five or six of Conway’s installations where she will tell visitors about them.
To participate in the scavenger hunt, you show up to the festival and they will give you a card with all the locations that Masterpics will be. Masterpics is a piece of gorilla glass formatted over photos to protect them. Once visitors find all of the photos, they are entered to win a gift certificate from Masterpics so they can have their own photos printed to be covered with gorilla glass. The weekend will end with a memorial day concert that is a tribute to all of the fallen soldiers on Sunday.
Glassfest will take place May 25 to 28 on Historic Market Street. The event schedule and more information can be found at www.glassfest.org. The event is free aside with the exception of tickets to the wine and beer tasting, which cost $15 per ticket.