Opalescent Glass & Grissom Air Museum
Our first stop today was at Opalescent Glass in Kokomo. I believe this was the best factory tour we have ever done. The employees were very welcoming and well-informed of the business and the process of making the glass.
We were given a brief history of the 100+ year business in the gift shop before entering the factory.
These ceiling "tiles" were a great display of what the end product looks like.
They also create blown glass products. I fell in love with these vases and bowls.
We then entered the factory area. This is the furnace where the glass is melted.
Sand used to make the glass.
This is the machine that flattens the molten glass into sheets. The factory is very old, but as they say "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!". They estimate that 1/3 of the churches in the world contain stained glass windows made from glass from Opalescent Glass and 70% of their finished product is shipped overseas.
A "blob" of molten glass is spooned onto the conveyer and is worked a bit by the gentleman in the red hat to slightly blend the colors.
It goes through the "press" and comes out looking like this.
Some of the finished product in storage racks.
This gentleman was making a beautiful vase.
Below is the room where products were to receive their finishing touches. The first is a picture of the design I fell in love with in the gift shop.
In this room, they were using scrap glass to make ornaments, etc. Angels and bumblebees were being made this day.
Hand painted over glass necklace I purchased. It's not showing up as pretty as it is. And a great price at $25, with a $5 discount on purchases of $25 and over. Final price $20.00.
After everyone made their purchases in the gift shop, we boarded the bus for lunch at Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery in Kokomo.
Our menu choices were Brewers Cobb Salad
Pulled Pork Sandwich
or Catfish Sandwich. The service was slow that day, but passengers boarding the bus said it was worth the wait.
We moved north to Peru to visit Grissom Air Museum. There was a large group of young children in the museum upon our arrival, so we first headed outdoors to view the aircraft with our guide.
After the kids cleared out of the indoor museum, we headed inside. You could sit inside most all of the displays.
We then headed just a couple of miles north to Front Porch Primitives, which used to be P K Distributors. The husband of P K Distributors had passed away, so Front Porch Primitives has now moved in with a huge antique shop.
I thought he was quite interesting.