NYPA plans holiday celebration

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North Blenheim — Santa Claus will be making an early appearance on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center to hear wish lists from local youngsters and pose for free photos from noon to 2 p.m. There will also be a special craft activity for children organized by representatives of Mine Kill State Park and wagon rides. Children will receive a special holiday ornament. Please remember to bring a non-perishable food item to contribute to the food drive to benefit local food banks.
From December 1 through January 3, the visitors center will also be hosting the annual Festival of Trees, with more than 15 trees decorated in a variety of holiday themes by local schools and community organizations.
The handicapped-accessible visitors center, housed in a restored 19th-century dairy barn, features hands-on exhibits for children of all ages and abilities. The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge.
The visitors center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 800 724-0309 or visit NYPA on the Web at www.nypa.gov.