NYPA Visitors Center Hosts Free Events in 2013

Deidrea Miller
(914) 390-3085

January 24, 2013


NORTH BLENHEIM—Welcoming two million visitors since its opening was the highlight of 2012 at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center.   In 2013, the visitors center plans to present more exciting, free events in continuing our efforts to begin welcoming another two million visitors.

“As one of the Capital Region’s most popular tourist attractions, the programs and events organized by the visitors center offer wonderful cultural and environmental attractions that families and tourists have come to appreciate over the years,” explained NYPA Central New York Regional Manager Lynn H. Hait. “Each and every year, we strive to improve the quality of our events and programs. Be sure to mark your calendars for the center’s annual Wildlife Festival on September 28 which this year celebrates its 27th anniversary.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors center also hosts hundreds of students from the local public school districts who participate in the education programs. Students learn the Basics of Electricity and Electrical Safety programming, either at the visitors center or by having a tour guide visit their classroom.  They learn about how electricity is produced, the various sources of energy, the transmission of electricity, and how to recognize and be responsible when handling electrical appliances. The visitors center also presents free workshops and lectures on energy-savings, environment and history announced throughout the year at

“The visitors center is versatile resource for educating the public, at every level. One of the most popular annual events is the Capital Region Envirothon. The local school districts, from Schoharie plus four other counties, attend this environmental education competition for high school students.  Every year the competition gets bigger.  It’s a great day for the students and everyone looks forward to it every year,” Adrienne Gable, senior tour guide, NYPA.

The 2013 Events Calendar includes Earth Day Weekend (April 27-28), a Revolutionary War Re-enactment (May 18-19), the Antiques and Vintage Car Show (July 21), the Haunted History Tour at Lansing Manor (October 27), and Photos with the Easter Bunny (March 24), and Photos with Santa (December 14).  In addition to the events, the visitors center is also a community resource with a conference room, theatre, picnic pavilion. 

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 operated by NYPA in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society. It is open from May through October and is the setting for a number of events that complement the historic setting, such as a Quilt Show (June 1-2) and the Victorian Teas (August 3).

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. The center is open daily from 10am-5pm, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 800-724-0309 or visit

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