Autumn at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck! Summer is over and we hardly had time to be melancholy at the fading memories of new friends from across the world, and the delighted looks from our summer campers.
We immediately entered "Fundraising Mode"! The first of our events was Bradstock, a music and arts festival that took place on Labor Day weekend. The spirit of Kevin "K.C." Cowan, a gifted musician and one of the founding fathers of Bradstock, was undeniably present. K.C. passed away last October, leaving a hole in so many of the lives he touched. K.C. was so impressed with the work I was doing here and the responses of the kids when he came to play here in the summer, he knew that Bradstock would fit right in.
The camp was transformed into an eclectic blend of color, musicianship, artistry, and poetic verse! Amazing what creative minds can accomplish! The place looked fantastic and if you missed it this year, you missed a great day! Please look to attend this event Sunday of Labor Day weekend in 2013!
The following week was our Annual Duck BBQ. The weather was beautiful and the completion of the New dining hall gave a wonderful background for the event. The food was delicious and the cause….well, I believe we all support the cause: Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck.
Just after that, we had our annual Oktoberfest! Bratwurst and delicious German beer, along with good friends and family – this event is proving to be a winner!
Next came the Fuoco Golf Tournament, spearheaded by Steve Fuoco and family. This year, the event raised a huge amount for the camp! We are so fortunate to be the recipients of the proceeds from this event. Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck thanks you for your generosity of time and spirit!
And finally, just when we felt a sense of fall in the air, along comes the Spooky Walk in its 24th year!
This is really an amazing "cast of characters" that comes together once again to transform the camp into "Creepy Town." A simple idea from the Squaws over 20 years ago now supports the camp in a huge way! I felt compelled to join this "Ghastly Ghostly Group" once I saw how much fun it was to transform myself into something I am not, and act impulsively and impishly! Very much missing is our Master Witch, Miss Marie Frey, who gave of herself to this event since the beginning. Marie passed suddenly last September, leaving those who loved her and worked alongside her bereft. Her spirit is here in the Food Tent; her engaging smile ignites those who carry on her great work. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work alongside her and the many members of her family who work tirelessly through the years for this event.
Finally, we anticipate the "Fall Clean Up" starring Port Jefferson Rotary and Rotaract and Mt. Sinai Interact to be a wonderful day. Task lists have been developed and all the tools we might need to use have been set aside. Hoping for sunshine and lots of great fellowship! Thank you for this consistent help for the past several seasons that I have been at the helm. You make a difference!
Again, I consider it a privilege to coordinate some of these events and to be a participant in the others. I am inspired by those who give freely of their time and energy for Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck! This includes all of the Rotarians who came to feed us at the camp this past summer! Delicious! On behalf of the camp, I thank you collectively once again and I wish you all the best this fall!