Newport, Rhode Island’s Historic Fortress Hosts Northeast Regional Quidditch Championship November 17 – 18, 2012

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In just days, Quidditch, a spirited contest of skill popularized by Harry Potter, comes to Historic Fort Adams. On November 17 – 18, 2012 athletes from 25 college and local teams will battle it out inside the walls of “America’s Largest Castle;” competing for top honors in the Northeast Regional Quidditch Championship. Admission is free to the public thanks to the support of IHOP Middletown.

Quidditch

Toss around the Quaffle, throw Bludgers or chase the Snitch

J.K Rowling invented the game of Quidditch for her wizards to play in the Harry Potter series. Today there is an International Quidditch Association organizing games around the world. In the United States, The Northeast Quidditch Championship, the sport’s premier East Coast event of the fall, comes to Fort Adams November 17 – 18, 2012. Games run from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM each day, will be held rain, snow or shine and admission is free due to sponsorship from IHOP Middletown.

According to Rick Nagele, Executive Director of the Fort Adams Trust, “This is the perfect place to play Quidditch. Since the teams can’t really play at Hogwarts Castle, Fort Adams, the largest coastal fortress in North America is the next best place. You’ll be wonderfully impressed by the sheer size and scale. The 6 ½ acre parade field is vast, and the location at the entrance to Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor is spectacular as well.”

Twenty five teams, mostly from colleges in the Northeast will compete on five fields, three inside the walls and two on the north lawn overlooking the Narragansett Bay. Universities and colleges participating include such schools as the Universities of Massachusetts, Vermont, Rochester and New Haven, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Brandeis, New York University, Tufts, Middlebury College and Harvard. The University of Rhode Island is the host team.

Laurie Labrecque, Director of Special Events for Fort Adams pointed out that this is a family event, with programming designed for ‘wizards of all ages.’ “We want everyone to have fun! Brooms up!”

Laurie also notes that, “The Association is introducing this sport to all age groups by explaining the rules and teaching you how to play. Kids will be able to run around with brooms, toss around the Quaffle, throw Bludgers or chase the Snitch in a designated "training" area. They can also participate in mini games to give Quidditch a try. Play Kidditch" – or kids Quidditch - on Saturday and Sunday from 1-2 PM!”

Nagele adds that, “Admission is free thanks to our great partner IHOP Middletown and owners Bill and Karen Cardinal. They are picking up some of the expenses and also are participating in the event by providing some great food.”

“We want people to have a good time,” says Labrecque. “We’ll be offering coffees and breakfast food starting at 8:30 AM, with multiple food vendors selling a variety of lunch and snack items starting at 11:00 AM. Hot and cold beverages will be served – and we’ll even provide free recipe cards for ButterBeer – the official drink of Quidditch champions! And yes, ButterBeer is a non-alcoholic beverage.”

“The event will keep you engaged,” Nagele emphasized. During breaks in the action you can try your hand at our Airsoft Target Range or take a guided tour of the Fort. The tunnels have fascinated people for over a hundred years and make for very exciting tours.”

Where else but at Fort Adams can you see college athletes competing on brooms inside an American Castle?

About The Fort Adams Trust

Historic Fort Adams is rapidly becoming Newport Rhode Island’s Adventure Learning and Recreation Destination. Programming includes events like Quidditch, the recently concluded Fortress of Nightmares, and a new teambuilding center opening this spring, complete with zip line. These activities are designed to attract people with action-oriented events, thereby encouraging guests to learn more during their visits about the Fort; regional and military history; and engineering and architecture.

Historic Fort Adams is operated by the Fort Adams Trust, whose mission is to protect and promote the historic places and public spaces at the gateway to Narragansett Bay and Newport. This includes directing and supporting the stabilization, restoration, maintenance and operation of Fort Adams as a public historic site. Proceeds from events benefit preservation and programming.
Fort Adams is located in Fort Adams State Park on Harrison Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island.

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