McKibben to speak at CATS event

ESSEX - Acclaimed author Bill McKibben will be the featured speaker at the Celebrate Champlain Area Trails (CATS) event on Saturday, June 4 in Essex.

"Celebrate Champlain Area Trails" will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 4 - which is National Trails Day. Steven Kellogg will host the event at historic Block House Farm overlooking Lake Champlain just north of the Essex ferry dock. McKibben speaks from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by a reception with refreshments provided by Turtle Island Cafe.

There will be activities for children this year including a short hike that will take place during McKibben's talk. The event offers the first public viewing and raffle of Bill Amadon's painting, "View from the Wildway Overlook," as well as other informational exhibits set up in the Block House barn. Admission to this fund-raising event is $15 per person, $30 per family if the RSVP is received by June 1.

After June 1, the cost is $20 per person, $40 per family. To attend, send a check to "CATS," PO Box 193, Westport, NY 12993 or get tickets online at www.champlainareatrails.com or call (518) 962-2287.

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