NY Power Authority Celebrates Earth Day With Green-Themed Family Fun April 30 & May 1: Also Historic Lansing Manor Opens for the Season, May 1

Steve Ramsey

April 28, 2011


NORTH BLENHEIM— Recycling, composting and discovering the properties of matter are some of the exciting science presentations planned during the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) Earth Day celebration, which will take place at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center on Sat., April 30 and Sun., May 1.

The weekend schedule is as follows:

Sat., April 30, 10 a.m. – 12 Noon

Worm Composting - Learn about how one of the Earth's littlest creatures can help save the environment. Worm composting is an organic, eco-friendly alternative to commercial fertilizer.

Sun., May 1, 10 a.m. – 12 Noon

What's the Matter? - Investigate the properties of solids, liquids and gases through experiments, and discover the secret "Mystery Matter," with staff from the Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum.

In addition to the weekend's scheduled programs, check out the different hands-on exhibits on recycling, energy efficiency and renewable energy available for people of all ages and abilities at the visitors center. Then enjoy a great recycling movie, "Where Your Garbage Goes," which will run continuously throughout the weekend in the visitors center theater. Free admission and popcorn!

Also at the visitors center, learn how NYPA's Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project, visible across the river, acts like a giant battery, generating hydroelectricity by recycling water between two huge reservoirs. Other displays demonstrate the basics of electricity, energy production and conservation.

In addition to the Earth Day events, the historic Lansing Manor Museum, part of NYPA's admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center complex, will reopen for the summer tourism season on May 1.

This year marks Lansing Manor's 33rd year as an admission-free museum. Restored and operated by NYPA in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society, Lansing Manor Museum is an early 19th-century country estate filled with authentic period furnishings and has been described as a history buff's "dream come true."

Several admission-free events are planned for the Lansing Manor this season, including the annual Quilt Show on June 4 and 5, and a Victorian Tea on May 21 and August 7, among many others. Lansing Manor will be open daily, except Tuesdays, until October 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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, on upcoming events and visitor information, please go to www.nypa.gov/vc/blengil.htm


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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