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The GlassBarge is on its way to Buffalo

One of the more unusual barges in the world is on its way to Buffalo. The GlassBarge is a 30’ x 80’ canal barge that is outfitted with glassmaking equipment. While in Buffalo, at Canalside, the GlassBarge will host a series of free glassblowing demonstrations, designed to tell the story of glassmaking in Corning, NY. The barge tour is considered a signature event for the Erie Canal Bicentennial, which is a statewide celebration. 

The GlassBarge features patented all-electric glassmaking equipment.

The historic significance of the glassmaking and the barge is interesting. The tour commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company—now known as Corning Incorporated. When the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company was relocated to Corning, NY, the glassmaking equipment was transported via barge by using New York Waterways. Now, 150 years later, Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) is recreating that journey, while extending it to showcase the wonders of glassmaking to other communities that share those same NY waterways.

Lois McClure and the GlassBarge

Adding another interesting aquatic angle, the Lois McClure will be making a stop into Buffalo, with an overlapping stay. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s full scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat will be open to visitors, from 11am to 6pm on August 3, 4, and 5. Trained historians, educators, and archaeologists will be aboard The McClure, answering questions about the vessel, as well as the canal systems, and the backstory of the GlassBarge.

GlassBarge Comes to Buffalo

August 3, 2018 – August 5, 2018


Canalside | 44 Prime Street | Buffalo, NY 14202

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Photo courtesy I Love NY

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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