NYPA Hosts Backyard Movie Event at Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center Friday, August 23

Samantha Clark

August 15, 2013


NORTH BLENHEIM—Round up the family, lawn chairs and blankets and join the New York Power Authority (NYPA) on Friday, August 23, for a free Backyard Movie Event on the grounds of the admission-free visitors center for NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Power Plant.

The featured film, “Oz the Great and Powerful,” will be shown in the natural amphitheater of the Schoharie Valley with free popcorn. The fun begins at dusk.

NYPA’s handicapped-accessible visitors center is housed in a restored 19th century dairy barn and features hands-on exhibits for students of all ages and abilities.  In addition to enjoying the movie, come early and learn how the Blenheim-Gilboa power plant acts like a giant battery, generating hydroelectricity while recycling water between two huge reservoirs. Other displays demonstrate the basics of electricity, energy production and conservation.

Throughout the year, the Blenheim-Gilboa visitors center is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, except for certain holidays. It is located at 1378 State Route 30 in North Blenheim, about 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge.

For more information, call 800-724-0309 or visit NYPA us at

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 us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.

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