N.Y. Power Authority Visitors Center Highlights More Free Family Fun in 2014

Samantha Clark

January 14, 2014


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center attracted more than 37,000 visitors in 2013 and is gearing up to make its 2014 annual roster of special events bigger and better than ever.

“Each and every year, we strive to improve the quality of our events and programs, and those efforts have paid off in the numbers of local families and tourists who have made us one of the Capital region’s most popular tourist attractions,” said NYPA Central New York Regional Manager Lynn H. Hait. “In the new year, NYPA will be looking to form closer ties to our Schoharie County tourism partners, like nearby Mine Kill State Park, to achieve a greater impact on the region’s tourism and double the amount of free family fun.”

In addition to the visitor center’s regular schedule of special events, several new events planned with Mine Kill State Park as a partner, include the upcoming Snowfest (Feb. 1); Backyard Maple Sugaring (March 15) and Earth/Arbor Day Celebration (April 26-27). NYPA will also be hosting a new event at Lansing Manor, entitled Exploring the Spirits and Senses (October 26). For a complete calendar of 2014 events, please see the ad in this issue, call the visitors center at 800-724-0309 or visit http://www.nypa.gov/vc/bgvccalendar.asp.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is a community resource with a conference room, theatre and picnic pavilion. It hosts hundreds of students from the local public school districts who participate in the education programs. Students learn the Basics of Electricity and Electrical Safety programming, either at the visitors center or by having a tour guide visit their classroom. They learn about how electricity is produced, the various sources of energy, the transmission of electricity, and how to recognize and be responsible when handling electrical appliances. The visitors center also presents free workshops and lectures on energy-savings, environment and history announced throughout the year at www.nypa.gov.

Part of the visitors center complex is historic Lansing Manor, a classic example of Federalist period architecture, built by John TenEyck Lansing Jr., a major figure in New York State politics and government. The house is operated by NYPA in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society. It is open from May through October and is the setting for a number of events that complement the historic setting, such as a Quilt Show (June 7-8), the Victorian Tea (August 2), and Exploring the Spirits and Senses (October 26).

The visitors center is located approximately 50 miles southwest of Albany on Route 30, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge. The center is open daily from 10 am-5 pm, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 800-724-0309 or visit 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 has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020.■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit www.nypa.gov or follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.