Movies at NYPA Visitors Center help Take the Sting Out of winter

Steve Ramsey

January 5, 2010


NORTH BLENHEIM—Warm up those January weekends with showings of classic movie musicals at the admission-free visitors center for the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.

The featured films, all beginning at 2 p.m., are as follows:

Sunday, January 10 – “Chicago,” starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere (2002)
Sunday, January 17 – “An American in Paris,” starring Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly (1951)
Sunday, January 24 – “Calamity Jane,” starring Doris Day and Howard Keel (1953)
Sunday, January 31 – “Bloodhounds of Broadway,” starring Mitzi Gaynor and Scott Brady (1952)

NYPA’s handicapped-accessible facility is housed in a restored 19th century dairy barn and features hands-on exhibits for students of all ages and abilities.  In addition to enjoying the movies, visitors can learn how the power project acts like a giant battery, generating hydroelectricity while recycling water between two huge reservoirs. Other displays demonstrate the basics of electricity, energy production and conservation.

Throughout the year, the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, except for certain holidays. It is located at 1378 State Route 30 in North Blenheim, about 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge.

For more information, call 800-724-0309 or visit NYPA us 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 80 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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