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September 23, 2014
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A great job for daydreamers

The elaborate floral design on this cut-glass pitcher is the result of painstaking work by glass cutter Kathy LaTournous. She is believed to be the “last glass cutter” in Wayne County, which has a proud history of glass cutting going back to the 1800s.


Also a professional singer, LaTournous’ musical career started in the late ‘70s, was on hold for decades and resumed this past summer. Her fall schedule kicked off the weekend of September 27 through 29 with appearances at the Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton, where she performed an eclectic program of old standards, swing, jazz, and big band music. Another art shared with a loved one, LaTournous’ singing career is enthusiastically encouraged and supported by her husband, Tom Kovaleski, a Balanchine-trained dancer and director of performing arts at the Family Foundation School in Hancock, NY, a boarding school for at-risk students in grades nine through 12. LaTournous returns the favor by sometimes assisting him with his work, as she is currently doing for the school’s upcoming production of “The Fantasticks,” to be presented on Columbus Day Weekend. She notes that admission to the Friday evening performance is free to the general public.

All of LaTournous’ original cut glass designs have been hand signed and are available for purchase at The Wayne County Historical Society Museum Shop, 810 Main St., Honesdale; Dorflinger Glass Factory Museum, Route 6, White Mills; and Teeter’s Furniture store, Main Street, Hawley. Custom orders can be placed directly with LaTournous Crystal Designs at 570/226-4799, or latournouscd@hotmail.com.