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Crafts, Music, Fireworks and More on Tap for NYPA Crafters Extravaganza

Contact:
Karen White
315-764-0226, Ext. 304
karen.white@nypa.gov

June 29, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MASSENA– A full day of fun is planned for the New York Power Authority’s first ever North Country Crafters Extravaganza on Saturday, July 11. Besides some of the area’s most talented crafters and artisans, the event, to be held at the admission-free Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center and Boat Launch, will feature live music, an Energy Expo, refreshments and an evening fireworks spectacular. All events are free and open to the public.

The festivities, which are set to begin at 10 a.m. and go throughout the day, will include items for sale, demonstrations, food and entertainment in a beautiful riverfront setting. Crafters and artisans will be selling a variety of hand-made items, including rustic wood, jewelry, home-décor, candles, quilts, afghans, photographic prints, dolls, soaps, crocheted items, gift baskets and one of a kind sculptures.

Several popular North Country bands will provide entertainment, including the Spruce Top Trio, Don and Don LaBarge, the Easy Street Dixieland Band, the Acoustic Brothers, the Conrad Story Blues Band and the Lime Hollow Boys. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the concert performances which will culminate with a spectacular evening fireworks display set to begin at dusk.

In conjunction with the North Country Crafters Extravaganza, NYPA will also sponsor an energy fair inside the visitors center with displays and information from a variety of organizations and businesses. A special energy craft project for kids will be offered in the visitors center.

The visitors center is currently operating on its summer schedule and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The boat launch at the visitors center will be closed on July 11 for the craft fair and will reopen Sunday, July 12.

Besides enjoying event activities, visitors can sample the array of hands-on exhibits at the Hawkins Point facility, which presents information on such subjects as generating electricity and NYPA’s St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project. Visitors are sure to enjoy the panoramic views of the power dam. For further information, please call the visitors center at (315) 764-0226 ext. 302 or visit NYPA on the web at www.nypa.gov.

About NYPA: 

■    The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation's largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  ■    About 75 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.  ■    For more information, www.nypa.gov.

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