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NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center Gears Up For 2012 With New Event Schedule
And New Exhibits

Contact:
Steve Ramsey
800-724-0309
stephen.ramsey@nypa.gov

January 20, 2012


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center complex, which attracted more than 40,000 visitors in 2011,  is planning a series of outstanding, free events in 2012, ensuring its standing as one of the Capital Region’s most popular tourist attractions.

“The community surrounding the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project—including many of our own staff—had a difficult year in 2011,” said NYPA Central New York Regional Manager Lynn Hait. “The programs and events offered by NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center provide a valuable service as a continuation of the region’s many cultural attractions. We are grateful to our staff, local vendors and our visitors who make it all possible, and we look forward to contributing to a new and brighter year in 2012.”

Headlining the visitors center’s event schedule in 2012 is the Wildlife Festival, which will be held in the fall, on Sept. 22. The popular event will mark its 27th anniversary this year and will again be held in conjunction with the Energy Expo, a newer addition, featuring approximately two dozen vendors, offering a range of services and advice on saving energy in homes and businesses.

Other popular events fill out a full roster of fun-filled activities that include: the Antiques and Vintage Car Show (July 15), a visit from the American Mountain Men (June 23 and 24), and Photos with the Easter Bunny (April 1) and Santa (Dec. 10). Several free workshops and lectures on energy-savings, environment and history will also be announced throughout the year.

Two new exhibits that highlight the Power Authority’s focus on renewable energy will debut at the visitors center in 2012, including a 25-kilowatt (kw) ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) solar electric array and a 2.4-kw wind turbine. Both systems will be functional and help to power the visitors center. When the power is not needed at the facility, it will be delivered to the electric power grid, and used by National Grid for its customers.

A monitoring system, located inside the visitors center, will allow visitors to see how real-time weather conditions affect the amount of electricity generated by the wind turbine and the PV system, as well as displaying what the systems have generated historically. The new exhibits round out an already impressive array of hands-on exhibits on electric generation and displays highlighting the area’s environmental and geographic features. 
 
The visitors center complex also includes the historic Lansing Manor, a classic example of Federalist period architecture, built by John TenEyck Lansing Jr., a major figure in New York State politics and government. The house is operated by the Power Authority in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society. It is open for the season from May 1 through Oct. 31 and is the setting for a number of events that complement the historic setting, such as a Quilt Show (June 2 and 3) and the Victorian Teas (May 19 and Aug. 4).

The visitors center is located approximately 50 miles southwest of Albany on Route 30, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge. It is open daily from 10am to 5pm, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  For more information, please call 800-724-0309 or visit www.nypa.gov.

The 2012 schedule of events at the Lansing Manor complex:

January 8,15,22,29 – Sunday Movies
January 21 – Snowshoe Hike
February 21-23 – Winter Break Series Education Programs
March 4,11,18,25 – World Travelogue Series
April 1 – Free Photos with the Easter Bunny
April 28-29 – Earth Day Weekend
May 1 – Lansing Manor Opens for Season
May 5 – Spring Hike
May 19 – Victorian Tea
June 2-3 – Quilt Show Weekend
June 23-24 – American Mountain Men
July 7 – Summer Hike
July 15 – Antiques and Vintage Car Show-more-
August 4 – Victorian Tea
September 22 – 27th Annual Wildlife Festival & Energy Expo
October 1-31 – Energy Awareness Month
October 6 – Fall Hike
October 27 – Halloween Event
November 4,11,18,25 – Sunday Movies
December 10 – Free Photos with Santa
December 1-Jan. 2, 2013 – Festival of Trees

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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