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North Blenheim Our summer events have included a delightful Victorian Tea Party at historic Lansing Manor, and our annual Vintage & Antique Car Show with over 100 cars, good tunes and hundreds of visitors!

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Our finale Travelogue event on March 16 at B-G

North BlenheimThank you to all the visitors who made our 2014 World Travelogue Series such a great success this year! Our kick-off event was "Icepedition" on March 2 - where we took a journey across the Atlantic without ever leaving New York and experienced the extraordinary beauty and wonder of Iceland.

Our second installment was "Awesome Australia" on the March 9 - Gerry Lemmo a naturalist, photographer and world adventurer, took us through the wonders of Australia including tropical rainforests, lush waterfalls, rolling pastureland, the Outback and the Great Barrier Reef.

Our finale event was held on March 16 - Dr. Tom Denham presented the thrills of climbing Devils Tower in Wyoming’s Black Hills. Devils Tower appeared as the impressive monolithic volcanic backdrop in Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

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We hope you enjoyed our free Winter Break Series on February 18, 19 & 20 at the B-G Visitors Center. Packed with fun activities and the popular "Lost in the Woods" exercise, the programs were presented by representatives from the Studio for Arts and Crafts and Minekill State Park.

Photo and Caption: Children Enjoy New Ice Rink and Snow Tubing Area at Mine Kill State Park

And thank you to all who came out for Snowfest 2014 for some seasonal fun, workshops and exhibitions.

Annual Holiday Party & Festival of Trees

North BlenheimFrom photos with Santa to our spectacular month-long Festival of Trees exhibit, guests enjoyed some seasonal delights while visiting the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center during the holiday season.

On Saturday, December 14, Santa Claus made an early appearance at our Holiday Party to hear 'wish lists' from local children and pose for photos. Children also enjoyed wagon rides, craft activities (organized by representatives of Mine Kill State Park) and received a special holiday ornament.

NYPA’s Mario Roefaro kicks off Harts Hill Elementary School’s "Phantom Fridays" Whitesboro NYPA’s Mario Roefaro kicked off Harts Hill Elementary School’s "Phantom Fridays" program on October 3. Students in grades K-5 gathered around for demonstrations about energy efficiency, phantom loads and vampire power!

Commonly known as standby power, phantom loads and vampire power refer to electricity consumed by an electronic device while it is turned off or in standby mode.

NYPA hosts Annual Wildlife Festivals: the weekend of Sept. 28thThings got a little ‘wild’ this September at NYPA's Annual Wildlife Festivals...

North BlenheimOur annual Wildlife Festival at the B-G Power Project Visitors Center featured wagon rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, reptile adventure, face painting, photo booth, balloon sculptures, magic & comedy shows, live music, dancing, Mark Tyoe’s chainsaw sculptures, the New York Wildlife Rescue Center, an Energy Expo and more! See photos from the 2012 Wildlife Festival at B-G...

Utica ZooThank you to the more than 1800 visitors who came out on Saturday, September 14, for NYPA's Annual Wildlife Festival at the Utica Zoo. Guests enjoyed live music, face painting, arts & crafts, demos by Mark Tyoe, Northeast chainsaw-carving champion, and personal encounters with the different animals from around the world that call the Utica Zoo home. See photos from the 2012 event at the Utica Zoo...

Photo Courtesy of Byrne Dairy & Hourigan’s Dairy Farm in Elbridge, NY

East Syracuse - On September 18, NYPA was on hand at a ReCharge NY event at Byrne Dairy's Ultra Dairy Production Plant in Central New York.

The dairy company, located in Onondaga County, is receiving a total of 5.5 megawatts of NYPA lower-cost electricity through the Governor's ReCharge NY program. This will allow Byrne Dairy to retain and create a total of 458 jobs and also invest $93.5 million in their facilities in Onondaga County, and a new Greek yogurt plant currently under construction in Cortland County. Read full news release.

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Join NYPA at the 2013 NY State Fair, August 26–28 in Syracuse

Syracuse - NYPA was part of the action at the Great New York State Fair - and it was no surprise that the fair was a huge success, drawing visitors form near and far to get a taste of what makes New York State so wonderful.

Fair-goers enjoyed all the treats, sights and sounds, and stopped by the NYPA booth to say hello, get some smart energy-saving tips, a free “BiG” Bag and temporary tattoos for the kids! See photos from the 2013 NYS Fair...

“The Fabulous Beekman Boys” Brent & Josh headlined NYPA’s 2013 Travelogue seriesCobleskill - NYPA, along with over 150,000 visitors, enjoyed the weeklong Schoharie County Sunshine Fair from July 27 - August 3. The festivities included horse shows and competitions, musical entertainment, a rodeo, demo derby and the "The Grand Sunshine Parade” on July 31.

Leading the parade: local celebs “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, who highlighted NYPA’s 2013 Travelogue series at our Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center this past winter season.

Pictured here, NYPA staff with Brent and Josh, who kept our guests rapt with behind-the-scenes stories and photos from their winning run on the popular CBS show “The Amazing Race."


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