N.Y. Power Authority Visitors Center to Host Free Mountain Men Event Saturday and Sunday, June 22 & 23

Steve Ramsey
(800) 724-0309

June 13, 2013


NORTH BLENHEIM – Join us for a free fun-filled weekend  as the American Mountain Men return to the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center on  Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and  Sunday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  During the weekend, the grounds surrounding the Visitors Center complex will be magically transformed into a lively 19th century encampment, where curious visitors and history buffs alike can experience a gathering of current-day Mountain Men and learn about the rugged traditions they still hold dear.

Mountain Men are powerful symbols from the heyday of America’s wild frontier. Participants in this year’s event hail from the Brothers of New York, and from the Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts units of the national Mountain Men organization, which was founded in 1968. 

The group prides itself on communicating its history and knowledge with accuracy and authenticity with all who are interested.

The visitors center event will feature demonstrations of useful outdoor survival skills like fire starting and cooking, basket-making, construction of a teepee dwelling, and more

During the event, guests are also invited to enjoy the admission-free visitors center’s attractions, which include hands-on exhibits for people of all ages and abilities.  Visitors can learn how this pumped-storage power project acts like a giant battery, generating hydroelectricity, by recycling water between two huge reservoirs.  Other displays demonstrate the basics of electricity, energy production, and conservation.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors center is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany.  School groups and community organizations are welcome.  For more information, visit

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 or follow @NYPAenergy on Twitter.

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