The Curator and I stopped by the Corning Museum of Glass, where the Curator sand blasted a pint glass, after decorating it with symbols that had very deep meaning to him. After 40 minutes of soul searching, we were onto the actual museum.
The history of glass section, was my favorite part on CMOG, and I spent much of my time touring it.
We happened to hit the museum on one of their 2300 Degs fundraiser. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers were playing in the evening. Yes, you read that correctly. The famed Scottish band that rocks out in their kilts were there playing their bagpipes. A traditional Irish band was playing in another auditorium, where the glass craftsmen were making a pot of gold for St Patrick’s Day. Very impressive demonstration.
No racing yet, but we stopped for a quick research visit at Watkins Glen International research facility. When the races first started at the Glen, the cars sped over the villages roads. I loved the program cover from 1949.
The Curator and I met up with some New York friends to take in a Lyle Lovett concert in Geneva, New York. The show took place in Geneva’s 125 year old opera house. The beautiful venue was packed to the balcony.
Lovett and Shawn Colvin gave a very good show. The two musicians went back and forth singing their songs, with some spirited discussions between songs. It was obvious that Lovett & Colvin had a lot of history together.
Hammondsport, New York
On our way to Geneva, NY we stopped in to the Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum. Curtiss was one of aviation’s early pioneers, and this little museum is well worth stopping for.
The 1917 Curtiss “Jenny” is a beautiful plane. Often called the “Model T Ford” of the air, the “Jenny” had a major contribution to early aviation.
In the back room is a P40 Warhawk undergoing a major restoration. This particular P40, was involved in a mid-air collision in 1945. It crashed into a Florida swamp, and sat there until 1986, when the plane was taken out piece by piece. The museum is the 4th owner of the plane, having purchased it in 2011. Restoration is expected to be completed in 2-3 years.
There are several classic, early motorcycles in the museum, including a 1907 Curtiss. The 1907 was powered by a 40HP, air cooled, V8, and was capable 140 mph.
The Curtiss Triad was the first U.S Navy aircraft. It was could take off or land on water or land.
The 1914 Curtiss America Flying boat has a 72′ wingspan on the upper wing, and a 46′ lower wing span. It is powered by two Curtiss OXX6 engines, which are hand crank started. The massive float plane’s restoration in the museum shop was completed in September 2007. The plane was taken out for a test flight later that month.