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Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center Announces Holiday Season Schedule

Steve Ramsey

December 15, 2008


NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority has announced the days and hours of operation for the admission-free visitors center at its Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project this holiday season. 

For Christmas week, the center will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 25. It will reopen on Friday, Dec. 26, resuming its regular hours of operation, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Similarly, for New Year’s week, the center will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and Thursday, Jan. 1. It will reopen on Friday, Jan. 2, continuing its regular hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Throughout the year, the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is open to the public seven days a week, except for certain holidays. 

NYPA’s handicapped-accessible facility is housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn and features hands-on exhibits for students of all ages and abilities. Visitors can learn how this pumped-storage power project acts like a giant battery, generating hydroelectricity while recycling water between two huge reservoirs. Other displays demonstrate the basics of electricity, energy production and conservation. 

As a special holiday feature, more than 15 decorated evergreens will be on display throughout the visitors center grounds as part of the annual Festival of Trees, which runs through Jan. 2. Local community groups—including girl scouts, senior centers and school districts—have put their own unique designs on the trees, providing a fun excuse for a brisk walk outdoors.

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. For more information, call 800-724-0309 or visit

  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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