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Tourist Trap: Corning, NY

June 3, 2013
Skillfully worked paperweight with fine forms ...

Skillfully worked paperweight with fine forms inside the glass, Corning Museum of Glass (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Decorative glass paperweight "mi...

English: Decorative glass paperweight “millefiori” Français : Presse-papier en verre selon la technique “millefiori”. Diamètre : 7cm, hauteur : 5cm, poids : 350g (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What’s your dream tourist destination – either a place you’ve been and loved, or a place you’d love to visit? What about it speaks to you?

My favorite tourist trap is the city of Corning, New York. It has two great museums, some good eateries, and several fascinating shops down town. It is also a pleasant day-trip from where I live. I have been there at least six times. On each occasion I have found something new and interesting.

The first museum is the Corning Museum of Glass. They have 35 centuries of glass, ranging from the earliest Egyptian to the most modern and up-to-date. I have seen some amazing things there: an Egyptian Mummy Case where glass was used instead of real gemstones; paperweights containing tiny worlds filled with flowers and small animals; magnificent stained-glass creations; and fantastic sculptural pieces. I have even enjoyed watching a live glass-blowing show. I am fascinated by the fact that with the application of the proper heat, sand and other chemicals can form such a variety of objects. These objects range from the mundane and utilitarian to the outrageous and fantastic. Glass is very versatile, it can be blown, stamped, molded, etched and colored. My favorite color of glass is Cobalt Blue. They have a wide range of displays from different eras and ethnic groups. They also have a gift shop where you can purchase examples of some of the display items. I have a millefiore paperweight similar to the one in the photo.

The second museum is the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. They have a wonderful collection. I particularly enjoy the works of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. The last time I visited they had a display of photographic Portraits by Ansel Adams. I had seen his landscape photos before, but I hadn’t known that he photographed people as well. If you have the opportunity I highly recommend a visit. Otherwise go to Wikipedia and enter “Corning (city of) New York” there are links at the bottom of the entry to both museums. Emily

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