Welcome to the world-class hot glass teaching Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass. We'll get situated with our two artist/instructors and learn to gather glass from the furnace and make beads at the torch today. Each session is 90 minutes. Then we'll head over to the Museum for lunch in the Café. After lunch we'll have an overview of the galleries - 3500 years of glass history, science and continuous demonstrations. Dinner is our special farm to table meal in Market Street at The Source.
Breakfast at Watson Homestead. A full hot breakfast is served daily with eggs, meat, oatmeal and various breakfast entries. Fresh fruit, juices, yogurt and granola included. Coffee, decaf and tea are available at Watson Homestead 24/7.
Now we get to try our hands at blowing glass at the furnace and making beads at the torch. We’ll tour the Studio before settling down with four glass artists/instructors for an intensive morning of learning the basics of gathering and working with the flame and mandrel. You will enjoy the female artists who help us make beautiful objects – safely!
Lunch at the Corning Museum of Glass Cafe with vouchers provided.
After lunch at the Museum Café, we’ll work our way through the galleries with Jenny as she spins stories about the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and impact in the region. We’ll recognize some of the pieces we saw in Beth’s presentation! The company town, Corning Incorporated, is featured as well, an important component to this small city since 1868. Jenny’s been guiding tours here since 1980, when after the flood of 1972, the museum added a huge historic glass wing with room for a chronological layout of the 35-century history of glassmaking. We’ll begin in Mesopotamia and advance in time and technological achievement to the contemporary art scene in the latest gallery added in 2015. This complex is an art, history and science museum all rolled into one. Continuous demonstrations abound showing art glassmaking techniques and information about glass manufacture for today’s tech devices. Their motto is “We teach the world about glass,” and they’re not kidding – the perfect laboratory for a Road Scholar adventure. Afternoon swim available at Watson.
Wednesday Farm to Table dinner: For over 40 years Cynthia and Gary Dickerman have been working with local farmers and producers of regional condiments and farm products at three stores in Corning’s Historic Market Street. In the 1970s Gary had the first organic vegetable and produce store, then went on to deliver these home grown items to regional restaurants within a 100 mile radius. Next, Cynthia began a business of creating gift baskets made up of locally-sourced condiments and crafts. One of those lines was creations by their teenage daughter, Laura, with “Laura’s Luxuries” a soap and candle line. After college, Laura returned to Market Street and opened a café and juice bar. Now their passions are all combined at “The Source at Factory#2” a restaurant and emporium for everything fresh and locally grown. The Dickermans have created a special Road Scholar Retreat dinner menu and will open exclusively for our programs on Wednesday evenings. Each week will be a little different as we move from spring through harvest, but we’ll start with appetizers of veggies and hummus and seasonal fruit on skewers. Our seasonal salad will feature dressings made at local wineries. Soup du jour will feature Finger Lakes ingredients. Main course will be roast turkey topped with homemade chutney, potatoes of the season and two fresh vegetables. Dessert will feature Empire apples dipped in homemade chocolate, drizzled with another chocolate, and topped with whipped cream and chocolate covered grapes – all created by chocolatier, Gary. You’ll enjoy meeting these local entrepreneurs and finding local Finger Lakes products in all the nooks and crannies of Factory #2! See pictures at www.visitthesource.com
Upon return to the Homestead, enjoy board games, cards, puzzles, ping pong or shuffleboard - always available at the Homestead.