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Story & Photo By:  ROBERT STOPPER, LYONS

Women on the Water (Wow) to join Peppermint Days Festival
On July 13, 2013, Women on the Water (WOW) will paddle the Erie Canal from Newark to Lyons. Launch time is 9:00 AM. The 8.5 mile paddle will begin at Wide Waters County Park off Route 31 West, stop and visit the Newark Port and Welcoming Center, pass through Lock E 28B, visit Historical Lock E56, pass through Locks E 28A and E 27, and end at the Lyons Dock where WOW participants will become part of the Lyons Peppermint Days Festival.

WOW is a group of female friends, mostly from upstate New York, who enjoy the outdoors, especially paddling the Adirondacks and Central New York. The organization numbers over 70 participants. Most members “are of an age,” and one member, a septuagenarian, also just became a member of the Adirondack 46ers, having climbed all 46 high peaks!

In an effort to share their enthusiasm for kayaking and the great outdoors, WOW, through North Country Books of Utica, NY, has published a part-guidebook, part-memoir titled, WOW- Women on the Water- Paddling the Adirondacks and Central New York.

The book, WOW, has received the Adirondack Center for Writing’s Literary Award as the Best Non-Fiction Book of 2012!  A portion of the net royalties from the book will be donated to the Women’s Fund of Oneida and Herkimer County.

The book is co- authored by Ruth Dandrea, Kathy DeLong, Carol Moseman, and Bonnie Sanderson. Photos for the publication were provided by Audrey Mihalko. The women will participate in the Newark to Lyons paddle.

WOW members will discuss their interests in kayaking and autograph books at the Lyons dock.

WOW encourages and invites anyone, female or male, having an interest in the outdoors and kayaking to join them on this historical paddle. There are no entry or participation fees; however, participants are encouraged to “sign up” before the launch.  For more information, contact rastopper@yahoo.com.



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