NYPA visitors Center Announces Holiday Schedule and Last Call for the 2009 Festival of Trees

Steve Ramsey

December 22, 2009


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center will close for the Christmas holidays on Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25. It will be closed again for the New Year’s holidays on Thursday, Dec. 31, and Friday, Jan. 1.  Apart from those four days, the visitors center will be open daily during the holiday season from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

That means  there’s still time to take advantage of one of the visitor centers special holiday features—the Seventh Annual Festival of Trees.  Featuring more than 15 decorated evergreens, the Festival of Trees continues through Jan. 4. 

Local community groups, including the Landis Arboretum, Stamford Historical Society, Mine Kill State Park, Breakabeen General Store, Grand Gorge Community Action Group, the Middleburgh Girl Scout Troop and local schools, have put their own unique designs on the trees.  This year’s decorations also feature a large diorama of a country village decked out in holiday finery.  It’s a great way to spend some quiet time reflecting on the beauty of the season.

NYPA’s handicapped-accessible visitors center is housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn and features hands-on exhibits for students of all ages and abilities. Visitors can learn how this pumped-storage 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. 

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for certain holidays. School groups and community organizations are welcome. 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 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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