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On last week's program I heard a listener's comments on a previous show which visited Elmira's minor league ballpark, Dunn Field ("Boys of Summer"). As a resident of Corning, NY, twenty minutes up the Chemung from Elmira, I too have many fond memories of Dunn Field, the Elmira Pioneers, and the mid-game on-the-field fan-participation publicity stunts (throw a ball through a plywood clown's mouth and win a hamburg). I would really enjoy hearing the audio of the "Boys of Summer" program.

By the way, Corning, NY is another peculiar place worth visiting. Did you know it's the third largest tourist attraction in NY State after NYC and Niagra Falls? It's situated in the lovely Finger Lakes Region with its pristine glacial lakes nestled among hills whose sides are covered with vineyards and farmhouses. Corning itself is obviously famous for its glass factory and world-renowned glass museum. It's beautiful historic downtown has been excellently preserved, it's the home of Cinderella Softball and hosts the international Cinderella World Series annually. Originally a company town more working-class than managerial, Corning is still the HQ for the multi-national Corning Inc., but almost all of its factory operations are located abroad now. The numerous devil-may-care shift-change watering holes on Market St. are now home to coffee shops, brew pubs, and lava lounges. However, the roadhouses on the outskirts of town remain unaffected by these economic trends and still thrive as best they know how. Also, Corning is home to the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, the largest collection of its kind east of the Mississippi. Corning is tops in state high school lacrosse outside of Long Island to whom they lose almost every year in the state finals. Corning is a 30 minute drive from Watkins Glen Speedway, once home to the Grand Prix and a 60s rock festival larger than Woodstock. Bordering Corning are towns with names rich in American and Native American history such as Painted Post and Horseheads.



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