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Corning GlassBarge magic comes to Lyons

Combine the Corning Museum of Glass GlassBarge, the Vermont Maritime Museum’s Lois McClure and the Erie Canal, and you are guaranteed to draw a huge crowd.

Such was the case on Wednesday, July 18, at the Lyons waterfront.

The GlassBarge crew, while providing a history of glassmaking and its relationship to the Erie Canal, worked their glass-blowing magic in front of capacity crowds. All presentations were sold out.

All of the glass-blowing demonstrations were spectacular, but one in particular was of special local interest. Using freshly cut peppermint sprigs from the canalbank as an inspiration, glass-blowing artist Helen Tegeler and her assistants created a unique vase decorated with a peppermint motif.

Lyons was once considered the “Peppermint Oil Capital of the World.”

Crewmembers of the Lois McClure, an 1862 canal barge replica, escorted visitors and gave free tours through the entire schooner, pointing out living and sleeping areas, work areas, and storage areas for grain and other provisions.

The GlassBarge, accompanied by the Lois McClure, is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the relocation, via canal, of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company — now Corning Inc. — to Corning.

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