INLET - The first annual Adirondack Kids Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 6, inspired by the Adirondack Kids children's book series by Gary and Justin VanRiper.
The father-and-son writing team from Camden created and launched The Adirondack Kids in 2001. The stories revolve around three best friends who grow up in the Adirondacks along the Fulton Chain of Lakes, with Inlet as their home base. There are now 12 books in the series, with more than 100,000 copies sold. Inlet also happens to be where the co-authors - with wife, mom and illustrator Carol VanRiper - share a camp that has been in Carol's family for 107 years.
The hub of the event is a children's authors and illustrators book fair, to be held under a large tent at the Adirondack Reader, featuring more than a dozen authors and illustrators, most with books set in the Adirondacks. Special guest children's authors include Syracuse News Channel 9's Christie Casciano and Anne Mazer. The day will close with s'mores and Adirondack storyteller Mitch Lee.
Gary, Carol and Justin VanRiper
The event, sponsored by Kiwanis of the Central Adirondacks, will also include free presentations on hiking, paddling, writing and drawing. A fishing derby is planned for children 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult. Children's book illustrator Maggie Henry will offer face painting, and a visit is expected by Smokey Bear. There will also be an Adirondack Kids Day stamp cancellation.
"We hope what happens this day will encourage and inspire many more families to explore and enjoy this special region creating memories to last a lifetime and traditions to last for generations, as it has for our family," Gary VanRiper said in a press release.
For more information, visit The Adirondack Kids page on Facebook or www.adirondackkids.com, or call the Inlet Information Office at 1-866-GO-INLET or the Adirondack Reader at 1-315-357-2665.
10 a.m.: Welcome at the Adirondack Reader
11 a.m. to noon: Knot tying with Diane and Tyler Chase at youth commission building behind town hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Coloring and film, "A Stranger in the Woods" at town hall
Noon to 1 p.m.: Paddling with Connie Perry of Frisky Otter Tours at Inlet beach
Noon to 1 p.m.: Drawing with Joyce and Linda of "Adirondack ABCs" at Inlet Public Library
Noon to 1 p.m.: Face painting by Maggie Henry at the Adirondack Reader
1 to 3 p.m.: Children's Author Fair under tent at Adirondack Reader
2 to 4 p.m.: Adirondack Kids Day stamp cancellation at Chambers Commons
3 to 4 p.m.: Hiking tips and safety with Tyler Chase at youth commission
3:15 to 4 p.m.: Spilling Ink with Anne Mazer at library
4:15 to 5 p.m.: Storyteller Mitch Lee at Adirondack Reader