CHILDREN’S AUTHORS 7 ILLUSTRATORS…From Roq (l-r): Rose Mary Casciano Moziak, Christie Casciano, Anne Mazer & Maggie Henry. Back Row (l-r): Diane Chase, Tyler Chase, Gary VanRiper, Justin VanRiper, Pete Kline, Joyce Shavlin, Linda Reed, Bill Guiffre & Sharon Swain. (missing: Irene Uuttendorfsky & Carol VanRiper).
Nearly 100 children, along with their parents, grandparents and many “children at heart” gathered in Inlet on Saturday, October 6 for the inaugural Adirondack Kids Day™, an event inspired by the children’s book series of the same name.
“We did not know for sure if this might become an annual event or not, but there was more than enough positive feedback from participants and those in attendance to give the event life for another year,” said Adirondack Kids™ co-author Gary Van Riper.
“We can’t thank Kiwanis of the Central Adirondacks enough for its enthusiastic and major support of this event from the very beginning,” he added.
Why the hamlet of Inlet of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park for this special day for children?
Adirondack Kids co-author Justin VanRiper with Grace Ike of Skaneateles who is sporting a face painting by Maggie Henry of Dax the cat from Justin’s series of children’s books.
“Because this is where our family camp is and where our book series was created,” said co-author Justin VanRiper.
“We wanted to share our love for the Adirondacks from the place that has meant so much to our family for so many years, hoping that other families might come and learn ways to make their own special family traditions.”
One of the rainiest days of the season did not dampen the enthusiasm for those who made the trip from as far away as Rochester and Binghamton to the Inlet community—”where mountains and memories meet.”
Dozens of young fishermen shuttled to a small barge in the middle of Fifth Lake to be instructed in the basics of fishing and to drop in their own lines.
There were boy and girl winners of the Fishing Derby sponsored by Paul Chambers and his French Louis’ Adirondack Sports with cash prizes and fishing poles for those who caught the longest fish and the most fish. Continue reading