This is not just any birthday party for the Adirondack Carousel; it is coming up on its first. What an amazing first year it has been. Offering carving workshops, art exhibits, birthday parties, field trips or just a unique carousel ride, the people involved have given much to the community and have much to celebrate. Instead of throwing a private little affair, the Adirondack Carousel is opening its doors and asking the public to stop by on Saturday and enjoy what the entire Carousel has to offer.
On May 25th there are a variety of events happening from 10 am – 3:00 pm. Enjoy face painting and balloon animals with MerriLoons the Clown, book signings, and free carousel rides from 10 am – noon. At noon, top it all off with a piece of birthday cake. Ride tokens will be available for purchase for the remainder of the day.
This will also mark the official book launch for the 13th Adirondack Kids book. Adirondack Kids authors, Gary and Justin VanRiper, were so intrigued by the Adirondack Carousel that they decided to make it part of their latest book. The Carousel Case, The Bicycle Race and the Blackfly Bad Guy will be unveiled at the Carousel along with an art exhibit featuring the original cover artwork for the other 12 books.
As with the other Adirondack Kids chapter books, the father and son writing team have woven area events and places into their latest book. In this tale the three friends, Justin, Jackie and Nick, find themselves trying to solve the mystery of the missing Carousel blackfly while organizing their own version of the long Inlet/Indian Lake distance bicycle race, the Blackfly Challenge. As all the carousel animal carvings are indigenous to the Adirondacks, the characters find the live carousel counterparts in the woods around them.
The Adirondack Carousel’s mission is to fuse art, education and entertainment and involve, encourage and inspire all youth… to be environmentally responsible, to enjoy the great outdoors and have fun. According to Gary VanRiper, their latest book is able to tie in the mission of the Carousel with the hope to introduce it to a wider audience. Now that is a perfect birthday present.
The VanRipers will sign copies of this new book as well as having copies of the others available for purchase. Make sure to bring in any other Adirondack Kids books so they can be autographed during the party. Enjoy!
© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™, which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the third guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities™.