Thursday Doors: Corning, New York 7

Some of these may be repeats, but they bear it.

Long-time readers (Hi, Denise!) may remember that Sara took me to a make-your-own-paperweight tutorial when we were in Corning. Here’s the front door of the place, Hands On Glass. The door ain’t much of a much, but they’ve garnished it well. (Sorry — I’ve been watching cooking shows again.)

Important pro tip: Don’t actually put hour hands on glass unless the glass is cool. This door opens onto the glory hole, which heats the glass to around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,093 Celsius).

As part of my ongoing Necessaries of the World series, here’s the door to the Ladies’ at Hands On Glass and the wall inside.

Wandering around Corning, we came across this brewery. Alas, we didn’t patronize it, as it had moved elsewhere. We liked the arches and the murals in the niches.

We also saw its antithesis: the Corning Health Center, which sported a ghost window or two.

I got excited when I saw there was an attraction called “Mark Twain’s Study” in Elmira, about an hour away. So we drove in the rain to see it. We saw it.

But all was not lost: This is where we had lunch at Boricana, SO GOOD!

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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Thursday Doors: Corning, New York 7

  1. Dan Antion

    February 2, 2023 at 9:31am

    Connecticut and New York argue over who has the best collection of Mark Twain stuff. I’m partial to his house here (he had a summer home in NY) but that is a very cool looking door. I think the brewery should have to have a shuttle running back and forth to their new home, or at least a guy with a keg-cart so you can sample. Both the brewery and the medical office are in good looking buildings.,

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      Marian Allen

      February 2, 2023 at 10:04am

      Knowing Corning, the new home was probably still on Market Street, but we were trying to cram as much into a few days as possible, so we didn’t hunt it up. And, OH, SO MANY good looking buildings in Corning!

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  2. slfinnell

    February 2, 2023 at 12:26pm

    Somewhere in my archives are doors from Hannibal, another Mark Twain location of stuff. But the archives are real photographs so might be awhile before they surface lol

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      Marian Allen

      February 2, 2023 at 1:06pm

      I love wall art, too. One of my high school friends (still a friend!) painted a unicorn on my teen-age-me wall.

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  3. circadianreflections

    February 3, 2023 at 8:16am

    That study of Mark Twain’s is a whole lot better than the little one room shack he holed up in one winter on Jackass Hill, Calif. Just saying! I have images of it in my archives. It’s got a huge wire fence around it so the images aren’t that good.

    I use a couple different styles of Corning bowls everyday. Late last year one of my oldest bowls broke in the dishwasher so I need to replace that one.

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      Marian Allen

      February 4, 2023 at 9:44am

      I’ll bet that Jackass Hill shack is an eyesore. As for the Corning bowls, be aware that Corning now belongs to a Japanese corporation that has changed the formula, so Corningware isn’t quite as durable as it used to be. As you know from your dishwasher incident, though, they would always break if they hit just wrong or a bit of the structure got compromised, so there’s that.

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      • circadianreflections

        February 4, 2023 at 11:56am

        They’re so old I imagine it was compromised since it broke in the dishwasher.

        Pyrex isn’t the same anymore either. 😭

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