A Pair of Deuces: Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck Hosts Bradstock XXII

Monday, August 24, 2015

CENTER MORICHES, N.Y. - Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is presenting Bradstock XXII, a two-day festival featuring live music and poetry on Saturday, September 5 from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 6 from noon to 9 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the camp’s programs for children and young adults with special needs.
 
The festival also has a personal connection for the camp’s Director, Bridget Costello, whose late brother-in-law Kevin “K.C.” Cowan performed with his band, K.C. and The Love Drops, at Bradstock every year until his passing in October 2011.
 
Since moving the event to Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck grounds four years ago, Bradstock has raised more than $42,000 for the camp and its programs, which includes the music presentations held in K.C.’s honor. From these funds, Jack Licitra, a Bradstock XXII performer, hosted twice-a-week music sessions at the camp this summer.   
 
Now in its 22nd year, Bradstock features Long Island’s best Americana, bluegrass, blues, reggae, jam funk rock and jazz musicians. This year’s performers include Cassandra House, Funkin’ A, Miles to Dayton, Jellyband, Jerry McDonald, Ed Travers Band, Shecky and the Twangtones, Soundswell, David Amram, David Bromberg, The Falco Brothers, The Electrix, Kristen Maxwell and Hymn For Her.
 
There is also a Poetry Stage on Sunday, where the area’s finest and most diverse poets will perform, as well as a Folk and Songwriters’ stage featuring the best local acoustic musical talent and the all new Flower Power Stage to allow for additional acts.
 
Pre-sale tickets are available online for $50 per day, or $90 for both days; tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $60 (cash only) each day. Festival organizers are also offering a Platinum Ticket Package online in advance of the event, which includes admission to both days of the festival, a Bradstock T-shirt, backstage access and more. Pending availability, the Platinum Package will be available at the door for $135.
 
Camping space at the event can also be purchased online in conjunction with the Platinum, Combo and Sunday ticket options for an additional charge. While the festival will try to accommodate same-day camping requests, space is limited, so early registration is strongly recommended. All ticket and camping prices are listed as the pre-tax values.
 
There will also be a 5K Trail Fun Run on Sunday, September 6, open free of charge to any ticketholders. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. and takes participants through the wooded grounds of Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. An Awards Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. and all runners will receive a Bradstock XXII mug. Participants are invited to tour the grounds after the race, or return when the festival begins. To sign up, visitors must select the Trail Run option when purchasing their tickets.
 
All Bradstock guests are cautioned not to remove their festival wristband if they plan to leave and re-enter the camp grounds. Removal of the wristband will result in having to purchase an additional ticket to the performances.
 
Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a resident summer camp serving children and young adults ages 6-21 with both physical and developmental special needs. Its mission is to help these children to achieve equality, dignity, and maximum independence through a safe and quality program of camping, recreation, and education. Throughout the program, campers participate in many activities, such as arts and crafts, talent shows, cookouts, swimming and boating.
 
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.bradstock.org. For more information on Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, call (631) 878-1070, or visit www.camppaquatuck.com.
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Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck was created by members of the Moriches Rotary Club in 1946. Located on the shores of Kaler's Pond on eastern Long Island, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is funded primarily by donations and is a special place where children with physical and developmental disabilities can experience first-hand the pleasures that an active life has to offer. Children participate in a wide range of activities especially designed for youngsters who are in wheelchairs as well as those who are ambulatory. These activities include swimming, boating, arts and crafts, petting zoo, talent shows, cookouts, games and a Carnival Day. The program also provides educational activities in areas such as nature, arts, fire safety and communication skills.