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Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center to Host Two Free Events: Revlutionary War Reenactment and Eagle Festival Weekend of MAY 18 & 19

Contact:
Samantha Clark
800-724-0309
samantha.clark@nypa.gov


May 17, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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NORTH BLENHEIM—Whether you’re an American history enthusiast or just simply enjoy good entertainment, you will find an authentic reenactment of a Revolutionary War battle right up your alley. An historic dramatization is scheduled to take place on May 18 and 19, on the grounds surrounding the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center complex.

About 300 American Revolutionary War re-enactors will provide a “living history” of the encounters between the American patriots and British loyalists (Tories) who supported England’s King George III. In addition to the spectacular reenactment, played out over a 400-acre area, visitors will get a glimpse of the various rituals, customs and practices of late 18th century America. Planned festivities also include a ladies’ tea gathering, children’s games and toys, the typical political discourse of a local citizens’ meeting, and a Saturday night dance with the public invited to participate.

The weekend offers free fun for the whole family with two concurrent themes. In addition to the Revolutionary War reenactment, visitors can experience Eagle Fest 2013, a joint effort sponsored by NYPA and the Mine Kill State Park in honor of America’s most celebrated bird.

Scheduled in between the battle action on Saturday, May 18, from 11:00 am until 2:30 pm, visitors can take a seat in the visitors center theatre for a special presentation on our national symbol, the bald eagle. This outstanding program includes exciting photos and videos depicting the lives of these majestic birds and a talk by an eagle expert from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Following the NYSDEC presentation, guests can venture outside for an interactive program by Wes Laraway, director of the world-renowned NY Rescue Center (as seen on the National Geographic Channel).  Les will be there with two of his rehabilitated bald eagles which were actually discovered in Mine Kill State Park.

Two days of FREE fun, rolled into two great events! Don’t miss the action on Saturday and Sunday May 18 and 19 at the New York Power Authority's Blenheim Gilboa Visitors Center.

The B-G Visitors Center complex, off Route 30 in Schoharie County, near Mine Kill State Park, is about 20 miles south of Cobleskill and only a 50-minute drive from Albany. It includes a converted 19th century dairy barn with interactive exhibits on electricity generation, and a manor house built in 1819 by John Lansing, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

NYPA restored Lansing Manor in 1977 to its original condition, and  recently renovated it. The manor house museum is operated by the Power Authority in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society.

Times and locations for battle reenactments and other planned activities are available online at schedule of events or http://www.nypa.gov/vc/BG/B-GVisitorsCenter-May18-19.pdf.

The Blenheim-Gilboa project is a pumped-storage generating facility that recycles water between upper and lower reservoirs to produce economical electricity during times of peak power demand. The 1,000,000-kilowatt project is located across the Schoharie Creek from the B-G Visitors Center, with much of the generating facility underground. It began producing electricity in 1973.

For more information on the May 18 and 19 events please contact Samantha Clark – Community Relations Supervisor at 800-724-0309.

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 has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit www.nypa.gov or follow @NYPAenergy on Twitter.

 




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