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45th Corning Heritage Festival sparks historical exploration and community engagement

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The annual Corning Heritage Festival, organized by the Corning-Painted Post Historical Society (CPPHS), opened its doors for the 45th time on Saturday, inviting the community to the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes for an engaging journey through history. The festival offers an array of demonstrations, allowing attendees to experience the methods and lifestyles of bygone eras. It aims to educate visitors about the rich history of Corning and Painted Post through interactive and lifelike demonstrations, ensuring a deeper connection and understanding of the community’s heritage.

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Visitors to the festival were treated to various historical demonstrations including blacksmithing techniques and traditional cooking methods from over 200 years ago, with foods like molasses cookies and Johnny cakes cooked over an open fire. Such interactive experiences are designed to especially educate children, who are accustomed to modern cooking methods, about the culinary practices of the past, helping them appreciate the advancements in food preparation over the centuries.

In addition to learning about the cultures of the 1700s and 1800s, attendees also enjoyed live music, crafts, and insights into how innovations in glass have shaped history. Tours of the Heritage Village are available on select weekdays with advance registration, offering a detailed exploration of the historical significance of the region. The festival serves as a vibrant platform for community interaction and learning, seamlessly blending education with entertainment and fostering a strong sense of community heritage and continuity.