American Mountain Men Return To NYPA Visitors Center

Steve Ramsey

June 14, 2011


NORTH BLENHEIM—Brush up on your survival skills when the American Mountain Men return to the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center.  The surrounding grounds will be transformed into a lively 19th century encampment, Saturday, June 25th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, June 26th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mountain Men are powerful symbols of America’s wild frontier. Participants in the encampment are from the Brothers of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts unit of the national Mountain Men organization, founded in 1968.  The group prides itself on the accuracy and authenticity of its interpretation, and sharing their knowledge with all who are interested.

The visitors center event will feature demonstrations on useful outdoor survival skills, like fire-starting and cooking, basket-making and more. Sharpen your flints, and make plans to attend.

Guests are also invited to enjoy the admission-free 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, by 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. ■ 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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