Winter Break Time: Free Programs On Arts, Crafts, History, And Nature Set For NYPA's Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center

Steve Ramsey

February 14, 2011


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority's (NYPA) Winter Break Series returns to North Blenheim Feb. 22-24 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. 22: "Butterflies – Habits and Habitats" - Jerry Schneider, former teacher and creator of the Butterfly Game, explains the characteristics of this beautiful and intriguing insect.

Wednesday, Feb. 23: "Dutch Trade Beads" - The Scotia-Glenville Children's Traveling Museum, the Capital Region's unique all-traveling museum without walls, presents a program about the important roles these beads played in history and make your own necklace.

Thursday, Feb. 24: "Thumbprint Bookmarks" - The Scotia-Glenville Children's Traveling Museum rolls back in to present a craft activity. Participants can create their own bookmark by hand—literally—and be amazed by the number and variety of designs that can be created using ones' thumb!

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

Last year, more than 49,000 guests visited the NYPA facility, located at 1378 State Route 30 in North Blenheim, about five miles north of Grand Gorge and 17 miles south of Middleburgh. The visitors center is located in a refurbished 19th century dairy barn and features interactive exhibits for all ages 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 upcoming events includes: Photos with the Easter Bunny, April 17; an Earth Day Celebration, April 30-May 1, a Spring Hike, May 7, and a Victorian Tea, May 21.


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. ■ Approximately 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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