New York Power Authority Celebrates the Season With a Holiday Party (Dec. 14) and the Festival of Trees (Dec. 1 through Jan. 3)

Samantha Clark

November 25, 2013


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NORTH BLENHEIM—Santa Claus will be making an early appearance Saturday, Dec. 14, at the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center to hear wish lists from local youngsters and pose for free photos from noon to 2 p.m. There will also be a special craft activity for children organized by representatives of Mine Kill State Park and wagon rides. Children will receive a special holiday ornament. Please remember to bring a non-perishable food item to contribute to the food drive to benefit local food banks.

From December 1 through Jan. 3, the visitors center will also be hosting the annual Festival of Trees, with more than 15 trees decorated in a variety of holiday themes by local schools and community organizations.

The handicapped-accessible visitors center, housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn, features hands-on exhibits for children of all ages and abilities. 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.

The visitors center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 800-724-0309 or visit NYPA on the Web 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 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 @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.

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