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News Release

Bassett Partnership for Sun Protection

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The Glimmerglass Festival enjoys a beautiful location for its summer festival complete with acres of green space and, of course, the site-specific opera house. However, summer brings longer days and more intense sunshine which can place many of us at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses, severe sunburns and skin cancer.

Glimmerglass has teamed up with the Bassett Cancer Institute and Bluemack Creative Marketing/Promotional Products to combat this risk by providing staff with wide-brimmed hats that will keep them cool while protecting them from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.

This tripart partnership’s initiative was inspired by Bassett Cancer Institute Radiation Oncologist Dr. Naoyuki G. Saito.

I’m a big fan of the Glimmerglass Festival and thought this was something easy to do that would protect their staff from the sun, as well as increase the community’s awareness about how to enjoy the summer season sensibly.I hope other businesses will follow suit.” 

Concessions Manager Elizabeth Mott, whose staff works primarily outdoors, said, “We do the best we can to put up shelters for our staff, but it’s not always possible – and you would not believe how much sunscreen we go through each season.”

According to the National Weather Service, heat exposure caused 155 fatalities this past year, more than twice the number caused by hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, kills more than 9,000 people annually in America alone. With 86 percent of these cancer incidents attributed to UV exposure, sun protection is a vital aspect of workplace safety and long-term quality of life.

To prevent damage, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends taking precautions such as using 30+ SPF sunscreen, covering as much skin as possible with high thread-count clothing and protecting the vulnerable neck and face area with a wide-brimmed hat, like the ones being distributed to the Festival’s employees.

Saito will supplement the partnership’s gift this summer with a presentation to the Festival’s staff on the importance and execution of proper sun protection.

The Glimmerglass season runs July 6 through August 24 and features Wagner’s classic tragedy The Flying Dutchman, Lerner and Loewe’s musical Camelot, Verdi’s comedy King for a Day, and a pairing of David Lang’s the little match girl passion and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in a production entitled Passions. For tickets please call the Box Office at (607) 547-2255 or order online at