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Special Events Planned for 2007 at NYPA’s Lansing Manor Site: Visitors Center Drew More Than 40,200 in 2006

Steve Ramsey

 January 11, 2007


NORTH BLENHEIM—Fresh from a banner year in 2006 at the admission-free visitors center at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is planning a number of special events for 2007 at the center and the adjacent Lansing Manor House and grounds.

The visitors center continued to be a major Capital Region attraction last year, drawing more than 40,200 people.  Housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn that is part of the historic Lansing Manor complex, the center is packed with interactive exhibits on electric generation and with displays highlighting the area’s environmental and geographic features.  It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Among the highlights of the complex’s 2007 schedule is a celebration of the manor house’s 30th anniversary as an admission-free museum, operated by the Power Authority in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society.  The anniversary will be celebrated on June 16 in a program that will include a vintage 19th-century baseball game on the complex’s grounds. 

The manor house, open from May 1 through Oct. 31, is a classic example of Federalist period architecture.  It was built by John TenEyck Lansing, Jr., a major figure in New York State politics and government before, during and after the American Revolution, as a wedding gift to his daughter Frances and her husband, Jacob Sutherland. 

A major addition to the 2007 calendar is an antique road show on July 15. Following a successful debut last year, an energy expo, featuring advice on saving energy in homes and businesses, will

again be held in conjunction with the annual Wildlife Festival on Sept. 22.  Past favorites such as the D.A.R.E. car show and photos with the Easter Bunny and Santa are among other highlights.

The schedule of 2007 events at the Lansing Manor complex:

  • Jan. 14, 21, 28 – Sunday Matinee Movies

  • Feb. 20-22 – Winter Break Series (educational programs and entertainment for schoolchildren)

  • March 4, 11, 18, 25 – World Travelogue Series

  • April 1 – Photos with the Easter Bunny

  • May 12-13 – Annual Quilt Show

  • June 10 –D.A.R.E. Car Show

  • June 16 – Vintage 19th-Century Baseball Game and Lansing Manor Anniversary

  • July-August – Headwaters Soccer Camp at Mine Kill State Park

  • July 15 – Merchandise of the Past –An Antique Road Show

  • Sept. 22 –Annual Wildlife Festival and Energy Expo

  • Oct. 27 – Halloween Event

  • Nov. 4, 11, 18 – Sunday Matinee Movies

  • Dec. 8 – Photos with Santa

  • Dec. 1-Jan. 2, 2008 – Festival of Trees

For more information, please call 1-800-724-0309.

The Lansing Manor complex is located on Route 30, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and five miles north of Grand Gorge.  The complex is about 50 miles southwest of Albany.

 About NYPA:

 ■    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 transmission lines.

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