New York Power Authority Hosts Free Snowfest at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center Complex Saturday, Feb. 1

Samantha Clark

January 24, 2014


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is partnering with Mine Kill State Park and Mother Nature to celebrate the season with free winter activities for the whole family at the annual Snowfest on Saturday, February 1.

The event will be held at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center complex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and, weather-permitting, will include a snow sculpture contest, snow bowling, scavenger hunts and much more. Visitors can also sample fare from the Grand Gorge United Methodist Church’s Chili Contest or take a hayride pulled by a team of local oxen.

If cold weather is not your cup of tea, come indoors and enjoy an exhibition of artwork featuring scenes of Mine Kill State Park, take part in some arts and crafts activities and get in on a silent auction to benefit Friends of Mine Kill State Park.

The day will also feature workshops on the international craze of Geocaching, Animal Tracking with Matt Walter from the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and techniques and tips on winter survival with NYS DEC Forest Ranger Bill Henry. Representatives will also be on hand from the Catskill Area Invasive Species Project with interesting information about invasive pests and kids will love checking out Dee’s Reptiles where they can get up close and personal with a local lizard! Also, learn about the identification and handling of the Hemlock Woody Adelgid (10 a.m.), and enjoy presentations on Iroquois Indian Storytelling (12 p.m.), Geology (1 p.m.) and the history of Howe Caverns (11 a.m.) in the visitors center’s theatre.

Festival-goers can also enjoy the wide array of hands-on exhibits at the admission-visitors center that presents information on themes such as the basics of electricity, uses of electricity, and the operation of NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Hydroelectric Power Plant -- New York’s largest pumped-storage electric power facility.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located 17 miles south of Middleburgh on Route 30 and 50 miles southwest of Albany Bring a carful and enjoy a day of winter-time fun at the New York Power Authority Visitors Center, 1378 Route 30, North Blenheim. Call (800) 724-0309 for more information.


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.