CORNING - The first 2300 Degrees of the season at the Corning Museum of Glass got off to a fast start Thursday evening as thousands of guests attended the night’s festivities.

Guests had several different activities to choose from throughout the evening.

One of those activities included a live glassblowing demonstration by studio artist-in-residence Fredrik Nielsen. Nielsen is known for applying pop culture aspects to his artwork such as graffiti, music and performance.

Whiskey Shivers, a hybrid bluegrass group with rock elements, also treated guests to a performance that evening in the auditorium.

Also available was an opportunity for attendees to make their own beer glass. They were able to test them out immediately too, as the glasses didn’t require any cooling time, and there were 15 local breweries on-site for beer tastings.

“We kicked off our first 2300 Degrees of the season last night with a guest glass artist from Sweden, live music from (Whiskey Shivers), and beer tastings from 15 Finger Lakes craft breweries,” director of marketing and community relations Beth Duane said. “We always love celebrating the beginning of the holiday season with our locals, and last night, we enjoyed a festive, fun evening at the Museum with about 2,000 friends and neighbors.”

2300 degrees will run every third Thursday of each month November through March.