NEWS

NYPA Announces Calendar of Events for 2004 at its Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center 

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

January 7, 2004           

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced the Calendar of Events for 2004 at its Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center.  Most events are free though some request a nominal donation.  Detailed information about event activities will be announced later.  These events are in addition to the daily activities at the Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center which is open to the public free of charge.    

2004 Calendar of Events – Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center

Sundays

Feb. 1,8,15,22              “Sunday Matinee Movies” return to the Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center, North Blenheim, every Sunday in February, 2 p.m., RSVP: 800-724-0309

Tues, Wed, Thurs

Feb. 17 – 19                 The Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center is hosting a "Winter Break Series" on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, for school-age children featuring science & environmental activities, 11 a.m.

Feb. 21                         Outdoor Recreation Day will be held on the grounds of the Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center, Noon - 3 p.m.

Sundays

March 7,14,21,28          The Travelogue Series will return to the Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center, every Sunday in March, 2 p.m.  Sit back and travel around the world without leaving North Blenheim.            

April 4                          An Easter Adventure will be held at the Blenheim-Gilboa Project's Visitors Center, North Blenheim, where children eight years old and under can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny, Noon - 3 p.m.

June 5                          Annual Antique Bottle, Insulator and Tabletop Collectibles & Outdoor Swap Meet at the Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center, 9 a.m - 3 p.m. Free.

June 13                         The D.A.R.E. Car Show will be held on the grounds of the Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center featuring many antique, race, hot rods, custom and street machines. Donation suggested.

July-Aug                       Headwaters Soccer Camp at Minekill State Park.

July 18                         The Schoharie Valley Antique Auto Show will be held on the grounds of the Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Donation suggested.

 Sept. 25                      Wildlife Festival, 10am – 4pm.

Oct. 16                         The Sc'ary County Harvest Festival, a salute to the area's agricultural heritage, will take place at the Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors center, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Oct. 30                         A Sc'ary Halloween Event will take place at the Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center featuring a Halloween costume contest and pumpkin painting contest, prizes awarded, Noon - 3 p.m. 

Nov. 7, 14                    “Sunday Matinee Movies” return to the Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center, North Blenheim, 2 p.m.  RSVP: 800-724-0309.

Dec. 1-Jan. 2                The Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center will host the “Festival of Trees” featuring holiday trees decorated in intriguing and whimsical ways. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Free.

Dec. 11                        The Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center will feature "Photos with Santa," a holiday event where children can have their picture taken with Santa Claus, Noon - 3 p.m., Free.                      

 On-Going Calendar Information on Related Facilities:

Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center:

Housed in a 19th-century dairy barn, the Blenheim-Gilboa Project Visitors Center was recently completely renovated and celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2004.  State-of-the-art exhibits and interactive displays demonstrate how our power is made and how it’s used. Video and computer technology help explain the science of energy and electricity to children and adults alike.   Education programs for groups are available.

The Visitors Center is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the year. It is closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.  For further information, please call 800-724-0309.

Lansing Manor:

Next to the Visitors Center, you'll find newly-renovated Lansing Manor, an early American country estate, built in 1819 by John Lansing, who represented New York as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and the state's Ratification Convention in 1788. The manor house, which was actually built for Lansing's daughter and son-in-law, Jacob Livingston Sutherland, was restored by the Power Authority in 1977. A history buff's dream come true, Lansing Manor is filled with authentic furnishings from the first half of the 19th century. The house, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is now operated by the Power Authority in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society.

Lansing Manor opens May 1 and closes for the season on October 31. Its hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Closed Tuesdays.  For further information, please call 800-724-0309.

Mine Kill State Park: 

Mine Kill State Park was built by the Power Authority and operated by the Saratoga-Capital District Region of the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Its 650 acres include three swimming pools and facilities for softball, basketball, volleyball and horseshoes. Picnic grounds and hiking trails let you commune with nature. The fishing season here runs from April through September.  Mine Kill State Park is open every day of the year, with hours varying by the season. Admission is $6 per car during the summer, with additional fees for its pools. For more information, call the park at 518-827-6111.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, Lansing Manor and Mine Kill State Park are accessible to the handicapped.