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North Blenheim The annual Wildlife Festival is coming up soon at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center on Sat., September 24, 2016.

Annual favorites include:

• Pony Rides and Petting Zoo • Food Vendors • Wagon Rides • Face Painting • Mr. Twisty • Photo Booth • Energy Expo • Bubbles by Jeff Boyer • Craft Tent • Mark Tyoe: Champion Chainsaw Sculptor • Mark Perpetua: Reptile Encounters • Mountain Breeze Minis • Wes Laraway: NY Wildlife Rescue • Rainforest Reptiles • Bossie Frog and Reptile Adventure


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The Quilt Show features handmade quilts from all around New York State

North Blenheim Our annual spring and summer weekend events include the Quilt Show at historic Lansing Manor ; Summerfest at Blenheim-Gilboa and Minekill State Park; and the B-G Vintage & Antique Car Show with over 100 cars, good tunes and good times!

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North Blenheim Our popular Travelogue Series takes place the first 4 Sundays in March. Come experience the world at large right from your seat at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center Theater! For more details, please call us at 800-724-0309.

Travelogue Series at B-G: East African Adventure on March 8Travelogue Series: Climbing Mt. Baker with Dr. Tom Denham on March 22

North Blenheim Our Winter events continue in January with free Sunday Movies and the annual Snowfest at Blenheim-Gilboa!

Free Sunday Movies at 2 p.m. For more details, please call us at 800-724-0309.

Snowfest is a free seasonal event, held in conjunction with our friends at Mine Kill State Park. Among the day's activities & attractions: a reptile exhibit, snow bowling, plenty of outdoor fun including scavenger hunts & wildlife tracking. Don't forget about the famous Chili Contest sponsored by the Friends of MK/MVS State Parks! Please contact the Mine Kill State Park office at (518) 827-8690 for more information.

BG Halloween 2015The annual Halloween event at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center had something for everyone...

On Oct. 24 the Second Annual 5K Zombie Run kicked things off, followed by the Haunted House and Mine Kill State Park's scary version of the Wizard of Oz! The Costume Parade & Contest were not-to-be missed, along with the vendors, food, DJ and an array of FREE activities.

And on Oct. 25, the spirits were out and about for our Haunted History tours at historic Lansing Manor (at 3pm and 5pm).

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North BlenheimThank you to all the visitors who made our 2014 World Travelogue Series such a great success this year! Our kick-off event was "Icepedition" on March 2 - where we took a journey across the Atlantic without ever leaving New York and experienced the extraordinary beauty and wonder of Iceland.

Our second installment was "Awesome Australia" on the March 9 - Gerry Lemmo a naturalist, photographer and world adventurer, took us through the wonders of Australia including tropical rainforests, lush waterfalls, rolling pastureland, the Outback and the Great Barrier Reef.

Our finale event was held on March 16 - Dr. Tom Denham presented the thrills of climbing Devils Tower in Wyoming’s Black Hills. Devils Tower appeared as the impressive monolithic volcanic backdrop in Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

Annual Holiday Party & Festival of Trees

North BlenheimFrom photos with Santa to our spectacular month-long Festival of Trees exhibit, guests enjoyed some seasonal delights while visiting the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center during the holiday season.

Santa Claus made an early appearance at our Holiday Party to hear 'wish lists' from local children and pose for photos. Children also enjoyed wagon rides, craft activities (organized by representatives of Mine Kill State Park) and received a special holiday ornament.

NYPA’s Mario Roefaro kicks off Harts Hill Elementary School’s "Phantom Fridays" Whitesboro NYPA’s Mario Roefaro kicked off Harts Hill Elementary School’s "Phantom Fridays" program on October 3. Students in grades K-5 gathered around for demonstrations about energy efficiency, phantom loads and vampire power!

Commonly known as standby power, phantom loads and vampire power refer to electricity consumed by an electronic device while it is turned off or in standby mode.


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