Preserved In Glass: The Marine Invertebrates Of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka


At the turn of the 20th century, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf, developed a successful business producing glass models of soft-bodied undersea creatures – marine invertebrates. Carefully crafted in their studio in Dresden, Germany, these models were shipped to universities and museums worldwide as study models. When Cornell University acquired its teaching collection in 1885, the Blaschka models could be purchased in North America from Ward’s Natural Science Establishment in Rochester, New York. By 1888, this father and son team offered 700 models that, according to Leopold Blaschka himself, were “universally acknowledged as being perfectly true to nature.”

Now, the exhibition Fragile Legacy presents the marine invertebrate models of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka within the context of both marine life and glass conservation. The displayed glass objects tell the story of the history of the Blaschka family, the interest in marine life and dissemination of knowledge in 19th-century Europe, the techniques and methods of creating these beautiful glass models, and finally, the story of the objects themselves as an art form. Researchers at Cornell are using the collection as a time capsule for seeking out and documenting the creatures still living in our oceans today.

Arts Roundup: Grassroots and Endless Mountain Music Festivals Kick Off This Week; Hanger Theatre Presents 'Third'


Chris Kocher, Entertainment Editor for the Press & Sun-Bulletin, the Elmira Star Gazette, and the Ithaca Journal, joins Crystal Sarakas to talk about some of the other arts events coming up in the region. The Finger Lakes Grassroots Music Festival takes place the weekend (including a performance by the Indigo Girls!), and the Endless Mountain Music Festival starts off two weeks of classical and fusion music in the Southern Tier and northern part of Pennsylvania. Note: The Lynard Skynard/Kenny Wayne Shepherd concert scheduled for this Saturday has been rescheduled due to illness. The concert will take place on Saturday, September 24.  

The Homecoming Players Revive a Favorite Play


The Homecoming Players are presenting Arthur Bicknell’s play ‘Dotty’.  The play is back by popular demand and involves a writer who has fallen on hard times and is dealing with the dementia of her mother, who was a much more successful writer.  Things have never been easy between them, but time is forcing Dotty to come to terms with their problems quickly.  We hear from the director, Rachel Hockett.


Photo credit: Homecoming Players

'Beauty Flat Out' Displays Paintings of Chinese Ceramics.


The Art Garage, just outside of Cooperstown, is presenting ‘Beauty Flat Out’.  The exhibit features works by Diana Cook, a decorative painter originally from D.C. who creates quilt-like artworks piecing together patinaed copper elements, among others. There is also an elegant new body of work from Gary Bower: works on paper with iconic Chinese vases. Mr. Bower tells us how his exploration of Chinese pottery and his association with a potter led him in a new direction.  We also hear from Sydney Waller, who founded the Art Garage.


Photo credit: Art Garage

Tallies, Charts, and Tape Diagrams in Summer Learning

Gathering data and figuring out what you know are important steps in solving a problem. But, how you organize all that information is just as important! We’ve gathered some simple, helpful resources to practice this skill with your child at home. What type of data would your child enjoy collecting? Perhaps he looks at shoes while at the grocery store and tallies how many people wear green, blue, or black shoes.

James "Deacon" White

James White was a teenager living in his hometown of Caton, New York when he first learned to play baseball from a group of Civil War veterans. By all accounts, White was a natural athlete and ball player. By the 1870s there were enough professional teams in the country to start a league. On May 4, 1871 James “Deacon” White made history when he had the hit during the first at-bat, in the first major league all-professional baseball game.

‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Dinosaur Train to Visit The Discovery Center

Join us on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 11am-1pm at The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier for some fun Dinosaur Train activities and screening.  We will be discussing pollination and when flowers first showed up on the Earth.  Dinosaur Train screening will take place at 12pm in the Ahearn Theater. See you there! When: Tuesday July 26, 2016  11am-1pm
What: Hands on Dinosaur Train Activities & Screening
Where: Discover Center of the Southern Tier, 60 Morgan Road Binghamton New York
Who: Families

For more information call the Discovery Center  607-773-8661

Clara Cook

In December of 1941, America was thrust into World War II and thousands of young men and women answered the call to enlist. This included star athletes and Major League Baseball players like Bob Feller, Ted Williams, and Joe DiMaggio. In order to keep the sport of professional baseball vibrant and in the public eye during the war, baseball executives formed a new league – The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. One of the leagues first players was a fast pitch left-hander named Clara Cook.

‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Links:

Path Through History
Chemung Valley History Museum
National Baseball Hall of Fame

Photos Courtesy of:
Chemung County Historical Society

Learning Continues All Summer Long with PBS KIDS

Summer in the Southern Tier is in full swing! Although school may be out, your kids can keep learning with WSKG TV and awesome online apps & games from PBS KIDS.  Here’s a round-up of cool resources for you to share with your child and be sure to check out PBS KIDS online for even more fun!  And remember that PBS KIDS can go with you to make learning anytime, anywhere!