BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - The Adirondack Museum will welcome author of "Marley and Me," John Grogan, at the Dog Days of Summer event on Saturday, Aug. 4.
New York Times bestselling author Grogan will headline the annual event with a public program called "Marley & Me: What Man's Best Friend Can Teach Us About Being Human."
The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. on the museum's center campus. Dogs are welcome.
In addition to the public program, there will be a question-and-answer session, and a book signing. Copies of Grogan's bestselling books will be available at the museum store.
The day will offer additional excitement for dogs and owners. Demonstrations include an introduction to clicker training, paddling with your dog, and water retrieving. Visitors will meet hardworking North Country dogs and learn about their jobs in search and rescue, therapy, and racing. Bill Smith, musician and storyteller, will share humorous stories about people and their dogs.
People are invited to let their dog try out a rustic agility course and join the pooch parade and costume contest. There will be category winners for the parade, and participation prizes for all. Gift baskets and certificates from your favorite pet stores are among the prizes.
As part of the event, patrons and their pooches will have a special-chance meet and greet with Grogan as part of two exclusive fundraisers for the Adirondack Museum.
A luncheon ($75 per person) featuring fare at The Hedges on Blue Mountain Lake begins at 11:45 a.m. Also, for those wishing to stay for the entire day, or just the evening, join Grogan at a cocktail reception ($40 per person) at 5 p.m. under the museum's Marion River Carry Pavilion.
Both events have limited seating. Reservations are currently being accepted online at www.adirondackmuseum.org or by calling 518-352-7311.
There are a few rules and regulations to ensure a fun and safe day for all visitors: dogs must be on a 4-foot leash; owners must clean up after their pets; dogs are allowed on the grounds, in the Mark W. Potter Education Center and the Auditorium, but not in exhibit buildings or the Lake View Cafe; Doggy Day Care will be available throughout the day at no charge; and poorly behaved or aggressive dogs will be asked to leave the museum grounds with their owners.
Generous support for the event comes from Larry and Nancy Master, William Coffey Studio, Lakeside Veterinary Clinic, Kate Litchfield, Dawgdom, Benson's Pet Center, Schroon River Animal Hospital, Sutherland's Pet Works, and Curtis Lumber. Adirondack Explorer and Modern Dog Magazine are media sponsors of the Dog Days of Summer event.
Additional information can be found online at www.adkmuseum.org.