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Winter Break Time: Arts, Crafts, Science, Magic Set For Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center

Steve Ramsey

February 6, 2009


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority’s Winter Break Series returns to North Blenheim Feb.17-19 with three sessions of family fun planned at the Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project’s admission-free visitors center. The schedule of programs, which each run from 10 a.m. to noon, follows: 

Tuesday, Feb. 17: The Scotia-Glenville Children’s Traveling Museum, the Capital Region’s unique all-traveling museum without walls, will help youngsters construct a “Giving Basket” made with chenille stems and colorful beads. For 30 years this unique museum has provided classroom-based, curriculum-related sessions, as well as after-school programs and appearances at birthday parties, day camps, libraries, scout troop meetings and other gatherings. 

Wednesday, Feb. 18: Art Martello, one of the Catskill Region’s most gifted and entertaining magicians, will perform an interactive magic show guaranteed to amaze and delight. One recent reviewer described Martello as: “…a kind, down-to-earth human being with a great sense of humor, not only adept at his craft, but who makes you feel comfortable and upbeat in his presence…(with) a knack for keeping you dazzled and laughing.” 

Thursday, Feb. 19: The Scotia-Glenville Children’s Traveling Museum rolls back in to present a fun/educational program on that favorite snack food, Popcorn! Participants will learn the connections between corn growing on stalks and the popcorn they munch.

Reservations are advised because, while all events are free, space is limited.  

Last year, more than 44,000 guests visited the NYPA facility, located at 1378 State Route 30 in North Blenheim, about 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge. The visitors center is located in a refurbished 19th century dairy barn and features interactive exhibits for kids and adults on themes such as production and uses of electricity, energy efficiency and operation of NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project, visible directly across the nearby Lower Reservoir.  

NYPA’s popular visitors center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Looking past Winter Break, a partial list of this year’s special events includes photos with the Easter Bunny, April 5; the annual Quilt Show, May 16-17; the D.A. R. E. Car Show, June 14; annual car and antique road shows, July 19; a Victorian Tea, Aug. 1; the annual Wildlife Festival and Energy Expo, Sept. 26; and a Spooky Halloween Event, Oct. 24.

  About NYPA:

■    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 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 the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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