The Birch Hill Game Farm opened on Saturday, September 1, 1956, on over 100 acres on the former Stephens Farm.
The site was an easy one-hour drive from New York City, and offered woods and fields for hiking and picnicking, and animals that could be observed in natural surroundings.
Blanche Mai was a member of the Putnam Lake Community Council for many years, and served as its president for six years.
She was also a member of the Putnam Lake Boat Club, a founding member of the Southeast Museum in Brewster, a member of the Putnam Lake Fire Dept.
Ladies Auxiliary and its Parade Unit, and a member of the Republican Party of Patterson and Putnam Lake.
She was a vocal opponent of the effort to separate Putnam Lake from the town of Patterson in the early 1950s, and she played an important roll in the dedication of Memorial Field in Putnam Lake.
The Game Farm was part amusement park and part zoo, and also featured a restaurant.
While many neighbors spoke against the permit, the Patterson Chamber of Commerce, Patterson Building inspector Anthony Corinna, and a few Patterson residents spoke in favor of the permit.
The Zoning Board of Appeals inspected the barn, and on October 18, 1962, denied the special use permit by a 3-2 vote. Lundelius could sue the Town in New York State Supreme Court if they wished to overturn the Zoning Board ruling. By December, 1964, financial problems began to impact the Game Farm, and shareholders of the Birch Hill Game Farm, Inc. A new corporation would be formed, known as the Birch Hill Ski Park, Inc., which would take title to the 100 acres used for the ski facility. The new corporation would issue 0,000 worth of new stock, to be sold initially at 0/share.
The location of the Farm at the top of Birch Hill offered spectacular views of the surrounding area.
The Farm had a feeding and petting zoo and a safari area with deer, llamas, sheep, goats, and other small animals.