The Corning Museum of Glass Unveils World's Largest Glass Pumpkin

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Today, The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, unveiled what it believes to be the world's largest glass pumpkin. The giant pumpkin, on display through November 18, was made by the glassmakers who present the Museum's live glassblowing demonstrations. The Corning Museum of Glass is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

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Today, The Corning Museum of Glass unveiled what it believes to be the world's largest glass pumpkin: a beautiful, giant shiny orange globe measuring in at 97 inches in circumference and weighing in at about 70 pounds.

The giant pumpkin was made by the glassmakers who present the Museum's live glassblowing demonstrations. The pumpkin-making process took a team of eight glassblowers more than 50 hours of work, 17 attempts, a lot of shattered glass, and a number of lopsided prototypes.

The pumpkin will be on display through November 18, 2009, as part of the Museum's Glass Harvest program, which also includes the following experiences:

*Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin: Visitors of all ages can make a (hand-held) glass pumpkin in daily 40-minute glassblowing experiences. Open to all ages (as young as preschool), the pumpkin-making experience is offered through November 30, 2009, and costs $25 per person.

*Harvest Hot Glass Shows: Year-round, the Museum presents live glassblowing demonstrations, in which glassmakers turn molten glass into beautiful objects. Through November 18, select Hot Glass Shows will focus on making glass objects inspired by natural harvest themes.

*Harvest Hunt through the World's Largest Glass Collection: Children can use a harvest-themed activity sheet to explore more than 45,000 objects and 3,500 years of glassmaking history. The Museum's collection ranges from a tiny portrait of an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh to fanciful modern-day sculptures--and nearly everything in between.

*Shop a Unique Glass Pumpkin Patch: On Columbus Day weekend, October 10-12, 2009, the Museum's international GlassMarket will feature its Third Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch, with more than 6,000 glass pumpkins, apples, gourds and glass harvest-themed objects for sale.

Located in America's "Crystal City," Corning, NY, The Corning Museum of Glass is located midway between Niagara Falls (3 hours drive) and New York City (4 hours drive). The surrounding Finger Lakes region is populated by beautiful wine trails, featuring regional food and more than 100 wineries, and boasts outdoor attractions, including gorges and waterfalls and stunning fall foliage (perfect for leaf peeping!). Visitors to the area can supplement their glass pumpkins with a trip to the region's numerous pick-your-own pumpkin patches and apple orchards.

The Corning Museum of Glass is open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every day of the week. An independent, non-profit, educational institution, the Museum is dedicated to the art, history, science, research and exhibition of glass. Children and teens, 19 and under, receive free admission. Adult admission is $12.50 (local resident rates, AAA and other discounts available).

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