NYPA Press Release

NYPA Visitors Center Celebrates More Free Family Fun In 2018

For Immediate Release: 1/11/18

Contact:  Samantha Van Ness | samantha.vanness@nypa.gov | (800) 724-0309 

 

NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project visitors center attracted more than 25,000 visitors in 2017 and is gearing up to make its 2018 annual roster of special events bigger and better than ever.

 

In addition to the visitors center’s regular schedule of special events, there will be several events planned with Mine Kill State Park as a partner, including Snowfest on Feb. 10, the Winter Wildlife Program on March 10, and Halloween Events from Oct. 19-21. Other exciting events for the upcoming year include the Pow Wow and Mountain Men event on June 9 and 10, respectively, and STEM camp for kids—highlighting the fields of science, technology, engineering and math—from Aug. 7-9.

 

For a complete calendar of 2018 events, call the visitors center at 1-800-724-0309 or visit https://www.nypa.gov/calendar.

 

The Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center is a community resource with a conference room, theatre and picnic pavilion. It hosts hundreds of students from the local public school districts who participate in the education programs.

 

Visitors can enjoy a wide array of hands-on displays and energy exhibits at the visitors center, which presents information on the basics of electricity, uses of electricity and the operation of New York’s largest pump-storage hydroelectric power project. The visitors center also presents free workshops and lectures on reducing energy use, the environment and history that are announced throughout the year at www.nypa.gov.

 

Part of the visitors center complex is 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 owned by NYPA and is open from May through October. Lansing Manor is also gearing up for some exciting events in 2018, including Victorian Tea on Aug. 4 and the Haunted History Tour on Oct. 21.

 

Both the visitors center and Lansing Manor are admission-free and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

The visitors center is about an hour from Albany, two hours from Binghamton, and less than two hours from Poughkeepsie.

 

 

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