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NYPA Releases 2008 Events Schedule for Lansing Manor Site

Steve Ramsey

December 21, 2007


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is planning a number of special events in 2008 at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project’s admission-free visitors center and the adjacent historic Lansing Manor House. After the visitors center’s success in 2007, when it drew more than 42,000 people, the Power Authority intends to expand its events calendar.

A major addition for 2008 is a Revolutionary War battle re-enactment on the grounds of the Lansing Manor complex on May 31 and June 1. Also new next year will be a Family Health and Safety Day on May 17. An energy expo, featuring advice on saving energy in homes and businesses, will again be held in conjunction with the 23rd annual Wildlife Festival on Sept. 27.

Past favorites, such as the D.A.R.E. Car Show, a vintage 19th-century baseball game and photos with the Easter Bunny and Santa, are among other highlights. Several free workshops and lectures on energy-savings, the environment and history will be scheduled throughout the year.

The 2008 schedule of events at the Lansing Manor complex:

Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27: Sunday Movies in the visitors center theater

Feb. 20 through 22: Winter Break Series Education Programs

March 16: Free Photos with the Easter Bunny

April 6, 13, 20 and 27: World Travelogue Series

May 10 and 11: Mother’s Day Weekend Quilt Show

May 17: Family Health and Safety Day

May 31 and June 1: Revolutionary War battle re-enactment

June 8: D.A.R.E. Car Show

June 14: Vintage 19th-Century Baseball

July 13: Antique Car Show and Antique Road Show

Aug. 2: Victorian Tea

Sept. 27: Annual Wildlife Festival and Energy Expo

Oct. 25: Halloween Event

Nov. 2, 9 and 16: Sunday Movies in the visitors center theater

Dec. 13: Free Photos with Santa

Dec. 1 through Jan. 4, 2009: Festival of Trees

Housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn, which is part of the Lansing Manor complex, the center is packed with interactive exhibits on electric generation and displays highlighting the area’s environmental and geographic features.

Adjacent to the visitors center is the admission-free Lansing Manor, open from May 1 through Oct. 31. Lansing Manor, a classic example of Federalist period architecture, was built by John TenEyck Lansing Jr., a major figure in New York State politics and government. The house is operated by the Power Authority in cooperation with the Schoharie County Historical Society.

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.

The center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for certain holidays. For more information, please call 1-800-724-0309 or visit NYPA on the web at

 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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