Former GH owner's Ted and Terry arranged dockage for us at Watkins Glen Yacht Club which served as a great base. Ken, one of their friends, helped us in and drove us to Elmira to pick up a rental car. Those of you who know Joe won't be surprised to learn that he and Ken ended up knowing people in common from Joe's days studying driving simulators while at the training center in Brunswick. They're sure they must have met somewhere along the way.
Our first day at the museum we watched various demonstrations and took a short guided tour. The tour was valuable because we were given a basic history of glass making in general and art glass in particular as well as information about several glass artists and their techniques.
While there, we saw people forming glass flowers. There is no blowing involved, but you get to do more of the work yourself, so later that day we did that too. We figure it's something we'll probably never do again, but it was a great experience and we really enjoyed the young artists who worked with us.
Sunday, again glued to the tv, now in the rain, we watched as Irene unloaded on New England. We were on the western edge, and very secure, so were never threatened. Joe worked at contacting boaters we knew were in the north, some of whom had not expected to be quite so involved with Irene. Everyone managed to weather the storm well, though.
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