North Pole Tourist To Grace NYPA's Holiday Party: Festival of Trees Displayed through January 3

Steve Ramsey

December 6, 2011


NORTH BLENHEIM—Santa Claus will be making an early appearance Saturday, December 10, at the New York Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center to hear wish lists from local youngsters and pose for free photos from noon to 2 p.m. Wagon rides will also be available and each child will receive a special holiday ornament.

Families can also view the ninth annual Festival of Trees which will be on display daily, now through January 3 at the admission-free visitors center. More than 15 evergreens will be decorated in a variety of holiday themes by local schools and organizations.

A food drive will also be held at the visitors center for the local communities affected by Tropical Storm Irene. Please remember to bring a non-perishable food item to donate.

The handicapped-accessible visitors center, housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn, features hands-on exhibits for children of all ages and abilities. 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.

The center will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 800-724-0309 or visit NYPA on the Web at 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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