Monday, August 10, 2009

Corning, NY

Today, we drove down to Corning, NY on a route that, most unfortunately, took us past Watkins Glen Raceway. It was unfortunate because rain had delayed the big NASCAR race that weekend so it was held today. What a traffic jam! Thanks to Jill (our faithful GPS) we were able to take some back roads around the town.

When we finally reached Corning, we visited the Corning Museum of Glass. What a cool place and it is absolutely huge! It is loaded with some of the most awesome glass sculptures (this one is life-sized) and glass art ever assembled plus interesting displays of glass artifacts that were used to explain the progress of making things from glass over the centuries and we watched a demonstration of custom glass blowing.

We then took the free tour bus to the Rockwell Museum which had an extensive collection covering three floors of western and Indian art. Very nice indeed. We drove home on the other side of Lake Seneca, one of the Finger Lakes, to avoid the Watkins Glen traffic. Beautiful scenery in this area (as it is in most of northern NY).

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