Mountain Men, Eagles and Experts in Early American Crafts Descend on NYPA Visitors Center

Adrienne Gable
(518) 287-6380

May 19, 2014


NORTH BLENHEIM—Brush up on your survival skills when the American Mountain Men return to the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center. The surrounding grounds will be transformed into a lively, 19th-century encampment on Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

American Mountain Men is a nationwide brotherhood dedicated to conservation, living off the land, and preserving the traditions and ways of our country’s most fearless pioneers and explorers. Units from New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts will be participating.

Campers will demonstrate outdoor survival skills, including how to start a campfire and cook in the great outdoors. Sharpen your flints and make plans to attend.

On Saturday, visitors can also attend a special program on the American bald eagle in the visitors center theater, with photos, videos and a presentation from an eagle expert from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. An interactive program will immediately follow outdoors with Jonathan Wood, founder and president of the Raptor Project, featuring an extraordinary array of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls that have captivated audiences nationwide.

On Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the grounds of the adjacent Lansing Manor, experts of early American history will take visitors back to the 19th-century with crafts, period toys and live blacksmith and weaving demonstrations. A few lucky visitors will win a chance to forge their own creation with the smith.

Guests can also tour the visitors center, with hands-on exhibits for people of all ages and abilities. Learn more about energy, conservation and how the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project works.

The visitors center is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. Admission and parking to all events are free.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority 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 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 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 and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.