“Corning. Is that where Corningware comes from?” It’s a question we Corning residents hear all the time, and the answer is “Yes . . . and no.” Corning is the headquarters of Corning Incorporated, known world-wide as a leader in the glass and ceramic industry, although it no longer produces housewares products like Corningware and Pyrex. Situated in the Finger Lakes Wine Region of New York’s Southern Tier, Corning is in the perfect spot for all events wine-and-glass related.
2300 Degrees at the Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG). Boogie on down to the museum’s series of themed community events featuring live glassmaking demonstrations and live music with a gym-sized dance floor. Admission is free, so are the appetizers and desserts, but you’ll need to buy tickets for wine and heartier fare. Held the third Thursday of each month (November – March, and May). Wear your dancing shoes.
Wineglass Marathon. This 26.2 run starting in Bath and finishing in Corning is considered a top destination marathon, celebrating more than 30 years since its inception. The course is scenic, fast and flat. The October Wineglass Weekend also hosts a Half Marathon and 5K. Wear your running shoes.
Finger Lakes Wine Trail. Start in Corning and wend your way up, down and around Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, stopping for tastings at wineries along the way. Some charge a small sampling fee, others don’t. Or buy the wine glass and taste for free. Don’t overlook the small family-run wineries. They often produce award-winning vintages.
Finger Lakes Wine Festival. Interested in sampling wines from the Finger Lakes region without driving from one winery to another? This July event is the largest showcase of New York State wines, minutes from Corning at the Watkins Glen International racetrack. Over 80 wineries are represented, along with artists, craft breweries, gourmet food, live music, and pace car rides around the track.
Glassfest in the Gaffer District. This four-day May event on historic Market Street celebrates the “fire arts” with hot glass shows, artist demonstrations, live music, and wine tastings. Watch the gaffers (master glassblowers) at work — and maybe try your hand at creating your own glass masterpiece.