The fourth annualAdirondack Kids Dayis set for Saturday,Oct. 3 in Inlet, with major sponsor, Kiwanis of the CentralAdirondacks.
The event was inspired by the best-selling children’s book series, TheAdirondack Kids, by Gary and Justin VanRiper. The father-and-son writingteam from Camden created and launched The Adirondack Kids in2001, their stories revolving around three best friends who grow up in theAdirondacks along the Fulton Chain of Lakes, with Inlet as theirhome base. There are now 15 books in the series with more than 125,000copies sold.
Inlet also happens to be where the co-authors, with wife, momand illustrator, Carol VanRiper, share a camp that has been in Carol’s familyfor more than a century. The location providing the initial inspiration for theirstory ideas. According to organizersAdirondack Kids Day is a totallykid-friendly event with many free activities for the whole family from 10a.m. to 3:30 p.m., rain or shine.
This year every child accompanied by an adult will receive a free copy ofthe award-winning volume in The Adirondack Kids series of books whilesupplies last.
Several new features this year include an archaeologicaldig, local hikes led by professional guide Tyler Chase with AdirondackOutdoor Expeditions and the band, Just Kitten, comprised of two realAdirondack kids on electric bass and guitar, Amanda Lindsay and SydneyLawson, both 13 years of age. CASART members will offer a class onbeginning map and compass. Free popcorn and cotton candy will be suppliedby the Inlet Community Church.
Mark Manske with Adirondack Raptors will be back for an encorepresentation and hold a demonstration with several of his amazing birds ofprey and the wildly popular Fishing Derby supervised by the DEC is setagain for children 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult. The Derbyis sponsored by the Inlet Area Business Association and French Louie ADKSports. Face painting will be offered by children’s book illustrator, MaggieHenry. Representatives from the Word of Life Ranch will be on hand with apetting zoo and horseback rides. Children will also have opportunity to buildtheir own stuffed animal with the Youth Commission Animal Workshop andthere is much more.
The hub of the event is a Children’s Authors and Illustrators Book Fair at TheAdirondack Reader featuring authors and illustrators, all with children’sbooks set in the Adirondacks. Guest authors include Syracuse News Channel9’s Christie Casciano, Diane Chase, author of the Adirondack Family Timeguidebooks and The Adirondack Kids authors and illustrator team, Justin,Carol and Gary VanRiper.
“We continue to be honored that Kiwanis of the Central Adirondacks andthe community of Inlet have been so supportive ofAdirondack KidsDay,” said Gary VanRiper. “We hope this day will inspire many morefamilies to explore this special region creating memories to last a lifetimeand traditions to last for generations, as it has for our family.”
For moreinformation onAdirondack Kids Daycontact the Inlet IInformationCenter at 1-866-Go-Inlet or for a complete schedule of the day’s activitiesvisit The Adirondack Kids Facebook page or www.adirondackkidsday.com.