There are a lot of events and activities around the Adirondack Park, but The Adirondack Kids father and son co-authors Gary and Justin VanRiper wanted to make one event a family affair. Along with wife, mother and The Adirondack Kids’ book illustrator Carol VanRiper, the family worked together to plan the first annual Adirondack Kids Day for Saturday, October 6, 2012 as a celebration of children’s authors, illustrators and activities. This event will take place in Inlet from 10 am – 5 pm with over 20 authors and illustrators as well as workshops with a focus on family-friendly experiences.
“The idea for an Adirondack Kids Day evolved from conversations with Reggie Chambers at the Adirondack Reader, the Inlet Information Center, Kiwanis of the Central Adirondacks and many other area businesses,” says Gary. “We choose Inlet for the event because this is where the Adirondack Kids characters were born. We always receive so much feedback from readers that either want to visit the settings for our books or have followed the places in the books to create their own adventures. Having the event in Inlet seems a natural place to help children, parents or grandparents discover more about the Adirondack Park.”
The day’s activities start at the Adirondack Reader with an introduction from Gary and Justin VanRiper. Children accompanied by an adult can register for the Fishing Derby and the first 250 kids receive a goody bag. Special meal tickets can be purchased on site. There will be a special Adirondack Kids Day tent set up near the Inlet Town Hall where schedules and maps will be available throughout the day.
“We know with the Adirondack weather that anything can happen,” laughs Gary. “We indicate on the map and schedule all the venues and even backup rain venues. For example, we have a paddling instruction with Frisky Otter Tours that is scheduled to be at Arrowhead Park Public Beach, but if the water is choppy people will meet at the boardwalk. We have tried to think of everything to make it as easy as possible for people to enjoy themselves no matter the weather.”
All the events are free and include interactive activities such as drawing, hiking safety, paddling, writing, coloring, face painting, fishing, and basic knot tying. In the afternoon there will be a Children’s Author Fair at the Adirondack Reader where the VanRipers (The Adirondack Kids) will be joined by Anne Mazer (The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes & co-author of Spilling Ink); Christie Casciano & Rose May Casciano-Moziak (The Puck Hog series); Diane Chase (Adirondack Family Time Guidebooks); Maggie Henry (A Coming of Winter in the Adirondacks); Mark Holdren (Spirit Wolf), Joyce Burgess Snavlin & Linda David Reed (Adirondack ABCs) and many others! For collectors there will also be a special Adirondack Kids Day stamp cancellation. Adirondack Storyteller Mitch Lee will wrap up the event near the Adirondack Reader with s’mores and stories.
“The main goal is for families to have fun,” say Gary. “Just like in our books, it’s teaching without preaching. We want to create good memories and launch some families into some of their own traditions and life-long memories. We just want to provide a good wholesome time.”
Photo of the Adirondack Kids Day poster provided.