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NYPA Visitors Center Gears Up for Fall Season

Steve Ramsey

September 15, 2009 


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) swings into autumn with a full roster of special events and continues its 7-day-a-week schedule at its admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center – one of the Catskill region’s top tourist attractions.

The new season kicks-off with the annual Wildlife Festival and Energy Expo on Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Now in its 24th year, the Wildlife Festival will again feature a variety of live animal exhibits, along with entertainment, arts and crafts, educational presentations and children’s activities.  The complementary Energy Expo features more than two dozen vendors offering information and services to help businesses and homeowners reduce their energy costs.

On Saturday, October 10, the Visitors Center will play host to a Fall Hike and Woodsman day, featuring a hiking expedition through autumn splendor on the trails of the Schoharie Valley in the northern Catskills.  Hikers should meet at the visitors center at 11 a.m.

A “Scary Halloween” event is on tap for Saturday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring spooky stories, games, prizes and a Halloween movie.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, housed in a 19th-century dairy barn on the power project grounds, is filled with hands-on exhibits that demonstrate the basics of electricity and provide a look at how NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project operates. Throughout the year, the visitors center is open to the public seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for certain holidays. Also on-site is the Historic Lansing Manor, a country estate built in 1819 that is now operated as a museum. Lansing Manor is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 1 through October 31.

NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. To learn more about any of these events, call 800-724-0309 or visit

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,

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