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The Days of Incandescence

Celebrate Corning's History and Mystery during the Days of Incandescence
October 22 - October 31, 2019
Celebrate the Days of Incandescence October 19-31 throughout Corning's Gaffer District!
October 22, 2019 - October 31, 2019

The world was a much darker place once. Before there were electric lights in every room, in every home, on every street.

Did you know that sometime between 1879 and 1880 young inventor Thomas Edison sent someone to Corning to enlist the glass company’s help in creating the special glass envelopes needed to make Edison’s vision of spreading light into every home a reality?

What no one expected, however, was the role a mysterious young boy would play in making that all come true.

“The Days of Incandescence” is a special 12-day celebration from October 19th-31st inspired by the actual history and the rather curious mystery behind Corning’s role in making those special glass bulbs for Thomas Edison’s incandescent lamp and, as a result, it’s role in helping spread light across the world.

The Legend of the Gathers is the story of that historic encounter between Edison’s representative and the mysterious boy who forever changed the fate of one small town.

This multi-day celebration features a collection of events at various locations throughout Corning’s Gaffer District taking place on various days and times. For the complete list of events (including locations, dates and times), click here for the brochure, or visit the Days of Incandescence website and stay tuned for more updates!




Saturday, October 19:

All Hallows Eve
Legend of the Gathers Guided Walking Tours


Thursday, October 24:

Legend of the Gathers Guided Walking Tours


Friday, October 25:

Themed Urban Arts Crawl 


Satuday, October 26:

Legend of the Gathers Guided Walking Tours
Legend of the Gathers Story Time | 6:30pm

Archibald’s Libations Crawl 5-8pm (


Thursday, October 31:

Costume Contest
Legend of the Gathers Story Time | 5:30pm
Trick or Treat in Corning’s Gaffer District

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