NYPA President Announces 1st St.
Lawrence River Power Dam Jam to be Held at Hawkins Point Visitors
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May 17, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MASSENA—Timothy S. Carey, president and chief
executive officer, New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced here
today that the 1st Annual St. Lawrence River Power Dam
Jam will be held on the grounds of NYPA’s new Hawkins Point Visitors
Center in keeping with NYPA’s ongoing involvement and commitment to
the vitality of the local community. Carey also presented the
major sponsorship contribution for the Power Dam Jam to Paul Haggett,
Executive Director, Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce, who
accepted the contribution on behalf of the Power Dam Jam Committee.
“NYPA’s beautiful, new Hawkins Point Visitors
Center is the ideal location for the 1st Annual St.
Lawrence River Power Dam Jam as it is a top-notch community facility
with the spacious grounds and picture-perfect views of the St.
Lawrence River and the Power Dam to create a stunning home for this
new exciting music festival,” said Carey. “Whether it is support
for the local first responders and Massena Memorial Hospital or for
our students involved in robotics and envirothon programs, the Power
Authority recognizes the importance of supporting those efforts that
make the North Country a great place for families to call home.”
“The Power Authority has again stepped up and shown
its continuing dedication to the community by offering the Hawkins
Point Visitors Center as the outstanding venue necessary to attract
exceptional traditional musicians and by providing this leadership
donation for the important financial foundation to help make this
new event a success,” said Paul Haggett, executive director, Greater
Massena Chamber of Commerce.
The Power Dam Jam will be held on Friday, August 11
and Saturday, August 12. The Power Dam Jam is the newly revitalized
Festival of North Country Folklife which NYPA co-sponsored for over
20 years. Currently scheduled to perform are the well-known
bluegrass group, the Gibson Brothers Band on Friday evening and the
Cornwall-based Celtic music ensemble, the Brigadoons, on Saturday
evening. An exceptional line-up of musical concerts and
performances including country, fiddle tunes, gospel, bluegrass,
ethnic folk music and more, will be presented.
The new Hawkins Point Visitors Center will host the
first Power Dam Jam,
to take advantage of the location’s open grounds and panoramic views
of the St. Lawrence River and power dam for NYPA’s St. Lawrence-FDR
Power Project. The $5 million Visitors Center opened just last year
and has become a favorite tourist and family destination as a fun
educational place to learn about electricity and energy. It was
also designed to serve as a community resource and has hosted
meetings, classes and local events.
The Power Authority sponsorship will be joined with
contributions by SeaComm Federal Credit Union, Alcoa and the St.
Regis Mohawk Tribe Community Partnership. The members of the Power
Dam Jam Committee are fiddler Don LaBarge, Barb
Heller, North Country Public Radio; Jill Chamberlain, Community
Relations Associate, NYPA and Haggett.
In addition to musical performances, there will be
workshops, presentations, arts and crafts booths and food vendors.
Themes for the workshops and presentations include “My Favorite
Songs,” “A Beginner’s Guide to Playing Traditional Instruments,”
Kids Jam Camp,” “Songwriters Showcase” and more. The ever-popular
Wurst Haus, long a favorite at the Folklife Festival, will be
at the Power Dam Jam, along with other culinary treats.
The admission charge for the entire event, covering
both Friday and Saturday is $5.00. The Power Dam Jam will take
place under tent cover making it ready to go, rain or shine.
The Festival of North Country Folklife, precursor
to the Power Dam Jam, began in the late 1970s in Canton as a St.
Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce event. Around 1980, the
Festival moved to the Robert Moses State Park with NYPA joining as
co-sponsor in the mid-1980s.
■ NYPA 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-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities
in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of
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