North Pole Native to Grace NYPA's Holiday Party: Event Also Celebrates Two Million Visitors Milestone

Samantha Clark

December 5, 2012


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NORTH BLENHEIM—Santa Claus will be making an early appearance Saturday, Dec. 8, at the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) 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.

This year’s holiday event will also be an occasion to mark an exciting B-G Visitors Center milestone—two million visitors welcomed since the admission-free visitor center first opened its doors in Schoharie County in 1974. The milestone, which was recorded this fall, will be celebrated with balloons and refreshments.

A food drive is being held at the visitors center to benefit local food banks. Please remember to bring a non-perishable food item to donate.

From now through Jan. 2, visitors can also view the Tenth Annual Festival of Trees, with more than 15 evergreens decorated in a variety of holiday themes by local schools and 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 is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.■It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it 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,

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