NYPA’s Annual Travelogue Series Offers Hassle-Free Adventures

Steve Ramsey

March 1, 2010


NORTH BLENHEIM—Travel through space and time without leaving the neighborhood at the New York Power Authority’s annual World Travelogue series on Sundays in March.   This year’s hassle-free journeys include virtual trips to WW II Germany, Italy and a mountain climbing expedition on Mt. Rainier.  It all takes place at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project’s admission-free visitors center. No passports necessary and you should be home in time for dinner. 

The presentations will be held at 2 p.m. in the visitors center  theater, with refreshments served after each presentation. The schedule is as follows:

March 7: Travel back in time to 1940 in war-stricken Germany.  Waltraud Maassmann wrote a book about her experiences growing up in Germany during WW II and her road to a new life in America. Her memoir provides a poignant view into her desire to achieve the American dream. 

March 14:  Travel with Frank Taormina on a trip through Sicily—an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.  The journey begins with an ancient theatre within view of Mount Aetna, continues onto San Biagio Platani and finishes up outside Palermo.

March 21: Experience the armchair adventure of a lifetime with an interactive slide show about a harrowing mountain climbing incident on Mt. Rainier in Washington.  Find out how Dr. Thomas J. Denham found himself dangling 30-feet inside a mountain crevasse and how his training, teammates and faith helped get him out.

Admission is free, but seating is limited so those planning to attend are asked to call 1-800-724-0309 for reservations.

Guests are also invited to enjoy the visitors center’s attractions, which include hands-on exhibits for people 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. School groups and community organizations are welcome. For more information, 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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