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  • June 12th, 2015
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Nine Local Non-Profits to Benefit

 

Nine Local Non-Profits to Benefit from Pirate Rendezvous Sat., June 20

 
The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous promises a host of pirates both large and small to invade the Twin Villages in search of lost treasure on Sat., June 20.

“This is an event that is for and about children,” said Greg Latimer, Event Director of the Pirate Rendezvous. “The event raises funds with an emphasis on benefiting local children and their families, and during the event hundreds of costumed children join the pirates to help find the hidden treasure.”

Kid Pirates

Hundreds of children help take over the town and work together to find the pirate treasure during the 2013 Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous. (photo by Ellie Busby)

This year the event will benefit more non-profits than ever before.

The primary beneficiaries of the Pirate Rendezvous are the Ecumenical Food Pantry and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Secondary beneficiaries supported by the event include the Jefferson Village School Blessings in a Backpack program, Head Start, March of Dimes, Wiscasset Feed Our Scholars, In Along the Way, Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and DB&T employees seeking to benefit an animal shelter.

The pirates (and local militia and townsfolk) will kick off their day with a hearty Buccaneer Breakfast beginning 8 a.m. at the Damariscotta Baptist Church, and serving through 10 a.m.; priced at only $6 for adults and $4 for children.

For those headed to the Pirate Rendezvous and in need of a bit more personalized decor, Mexicali Blues will be offering free Henna tattoos at their Newcastle store on Rt. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the event. A staff artist will apply these temporary, custom tattoos. Mexicali Blues will also will be selling the Henna product along with other jewelry and clothing that might well help folks feel a wee bit more part of the pirate festivities.

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous opens at 10 a.m., with pirate action during the event spread throughout the in-town areas of Damariscotta and Newcastle.

Thanks to volunteers provided by the beneficiaries, the Kid’s Pirate Camp on Water St. will be open – filled with games and activities for young buccaneers.

Further down Main St., the buccaneer headquarters will be centered around the Pirate Bazaar located in the Schooner Landing parking lot. Vendors will have a variety of pirate loot for sale, including jewelry, gems, attire and other buccaneer gear – including toys. There will also be entertainment on stage at the Pirate Bazaar during the afternoon hours.

The pirates have also joined forces with the Pemaquid Watershed Association to offer “Pirate Duckies” as part of the PWA Rubber Ducky River Race. The Pirate Duckies will be on sale at the PWA table at the Pirate Bazaar, and will be priced to include a donation to the Pirate Rendezvous beneficiaries.

Boat rides aboard the RiverTripper will be embarking from Schooner Landing Marina, where the Pirate Bazaar is located. The most popular trip will likely be the first one, offering guests a chance to see the pirate attack from a vantage point aboard the RiverTripper. The RiverTripper crew will have a table dockside at Schooner Landing for ticket sales from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then will sell tickets throughout the event. Passengers on the 11 a.m. cruise should beware, as pirates have been known to sneak aboard the vessel and commandeer her for the invasion. The boat ride to see the pirate attack departs at 11 a.m. and additional rides are scheduled throughout the day. For more information pricing and tickets call 888-635-4309.

Must Roos

The pirate ship S/V Must Roos sails upriver to attack the Twin Villages veiled in smoke from it’s own guns. She is a 57-foot square sail yawl armed with eight cannon and carrying a boatload of cutthroats, the flagship of the attacking pirates during the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous. “must roos” is Estonian for “dark rose”. (photo by Don Dunbar/easternmaineimages.com)

Directly across the river, on the jetty that is part of the marina on the Newcastle shore, will be Battery Point, bristling with cannon and hosted by The Standard of Newcastle, LLC and the Harbor Room in New Harbor. Visitors will be able to view and learn about the cannon on display, except during the pirate attack, when the cannon will be used to defend the Twin Villages. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a demonstration of pirate weapons at Battery Point.

Beginning at 11 a.m. there will be a blacksmith demonstration with re-enactor Jeff Miller at the historic Chapman-Hall House on Main. St. across from The First bank at the intersection with Bristol Rd. The demonstration is hosted by the Lincoln County Historical Association and continues until 3 p.m.

At high noon, when the pirates are expected to sail up-river and attack the Twin Villages, the first shot of the event will be fired from a working replica of a six-pound Naval gun.

This shot will be fired in memory of Newcastle resident Josephine Hart, whose celebration of life is being held at the nearby St. Andrews Episcopal Church, with that ceremony scheduled to end at noon. “Josephine was a wonderful asset to this community, opening her property along the Damariscotta River for access to the public,” Latimer said. “In fact, the pirate legend of Johnny Orr’s gold is centered on the river bend of the Hart property. Of course, the story is just legend.”

The second shot of the Pirate Rendezvous will be fired as a reply to the six-pound shore battery.

One of the deck guns aboard the pirate sailing vessel S/V Must Roos will fire this shot. This shot will honor the memory of Tom Kirkham, a re-enactor with Pirates of the Dark Rose who may be remembered by the audience in past Pirate Rendezvous as the buccaneer who played the bag pipes aboard the Must Roos as she led the invasion. Sadly, Kirkham passed away recently.

Taking the Village

Pirates of all sizes can be seen advancing on the final redoubt of the defending militia during a past Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous. (photo by Don Dunbar/easternmaineimages.com)

Once the invasion reaches full scale, there will be the roar and rattle of cannon and small arms fire as the village defenders attempt to repel the pirates. Good views may be had from many locations during the invasion, and the action will be spread throughout the in-town areas, so anyone there will find themselves swept up in the event.

Activities continue with the pirates rampaging through town, followed by a Lil’ Pirates Costume Contest beginning at 2 p.m. in the Kid’s Pirate Camp; immediately followed by a Treasure Hunt beginning at the Pirate Bazaar.

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous should wind down at 4 p.m. When the sun sets on the Damariscotta River that evening, the Mystic Pirates will return to the depths of history for another year.

There is no admission for the Pirate Rendezvous. All of the fundraising is accomplished through the games and activities. Generous sponsors help cover many of the Pirate Rendezvous expenses so that more of the money generated during the event can go to the event beneficiaries.

This year those sponsors include Renys, Ames Supply, Damariscotta Bank & Trust, Lincoln County Healthcare, Hagar Enterprises, Mexicali Blues and Colby & Gale.

Supporting sponsors include The Standard of Newcastle, LLC, the Harbor Room, The Lincoln County News, Schooner Landing, Mid-Coast Energy, Atlantic Tent Co., Royal River Graphics, Supplies Unlimited, Pemaquid Lake Campground, Mediterranean Kitchen, the Damariscotta Baptist Church, and photographers Michael Austin Kane and Ellie Busby.

Thanks to Lincoln Academy and their staff there will be plenty of parking at the Lincoln Academy student parking lot on Academy Hill Rd., along with shuttles provided by the school and driven by school staff. The shuttle will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and the route has been refined to make waiting time an average of only 5 minutes.

For information on joining the Mystic Pirates O’ the Damariscotta and participating in the Pirate Rendezvous as a volunteer or sponsor, please contact Greg Latimer at 380-9912 or piraterendezvous@gmail.com.

  • June 1st, 2015
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Pirate Issues ‘Challenge’

 

Pirate Issues ‘Challenge’ to Local Businesses

 
The pirate “Scribe,” Commodore of the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, has issued a challenge for local businesses to support their favorite charities, and have a wee bit of fun while doing it.

“I hereby issue a Pirate Challenge to all merchants and traders: Join us in lending a hand to local non-profits!” declared the Scribe (known otherwise as Greg Latimer). “If ye can muster a small crew of your work-mates and spend a few hours helping children have a good time playing games, the Pirate Rendezvous will make a donation in your name to the local charity of your choice.”

The Pirate Scribe

The pirate “Scribe,” also known as Greg Latimer, has issued a challenge to local businesses:
“Join us in lending a hand to local non-profits!”

Representatives of businesses accepting the challenge need only arrive for their appointed four-hour shift at the Kid’s Pirate Camp during the Pirate Rendezvous on Saturday, June 20. When the event is over, proceeds from the games and activities will be counted and shared out based on shifts covered by the non-profit supporters. A check will be mailed to the charity on behalf of the business, and a pirate thank you note will be mailed to the business specifying how much money was raised through their efforts.

“I like to call it a bake sale without the bake, or the sale,” said Pirate Rendezvous Event Director Greg Latimer. “All that folks have to do is get on the volunteer schedule, show up for their shift, help with a game or activity, and contribute their share of the treasure. The more volunteers we get, the more games and activities we can open, and the more profits for everybody. Nobody has to worry about unsold bakery goods, not selling enough baked goods to make a profit; or even baking them in the first place.”

According to Latimer, the objective is to create an event that encourages the participation of, and fundraising for, a wide range of local non-profits. “I’m hoping to spread our pirate “tent” as widely as possible to benefit as many groups as possible.” Latimer said.

Non-profits are also welcome to work shifts and share the treasure, and a number are already signed up.

To join the crew at Kid’s Pirate Camp, contact Volunteers Coordinator Bob Conger at 207-677-3403 or email bob.conger@towerswatson.com.

For more information on the Pirate Rendezvous, set for Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the in-town areas of Damariscotta and Newcastle, check www.piraterendezvous.com or contact Greg Latimer (the pirate “Scribe”) at 207-380-9912 or greglatimer@yahoo.com.

  • May 13th, 2015
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‘Blessings in a Backpack’ First to Join

 

‘Blessings in a Backpack’ First to Join Pirate Rendezvous Kid’s Camp Crew

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From the Pirate Rendezvous
For further information contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimer@yahoo.com

‘Blessings in a Backpack’ First to Join Pirate Rendezvous Kid’s Camp Crew

“Blessings in Backpack,” a program providing weekend meals for children in need at Jefferson Village School, is the first non-profit group to sign on to help out at the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous coming Saturday, June 20. Their efforts in assisting with children’s games and activities at the Kid’s Pirate Camp will allow them to take home a share of profits from the day to support their work at JVS.

The Pirate Rendezvous is seeking additional non-profits to help out at the Kid’s Pirate Camp. “What we’re looking for are non-profits, or individuals who would like to benefit a non-profit, to sign up for a 4-hour shift helping out with games and activities,” said Event Director Greg Latimer.

Pirate Attitude

This young pirate shows off his “piratitude” during the Pirate Rendezvous Kid’s Costume Contest, one of the events at the Kid’s Pirates Camp. (photo by easternmaineimages.com)

When the event is over and the “treasure” counted, it will be shared out based on shifts covered by the non-profits and their supporters. Non-profits will also be welcome to distribute information while working at the event.

The JVS Blessings in Backpack team are already experienced “pirate helpers,” having been part of the crew for the 2014 Pirate Rendezvous, and earning a tidy sum for their efforts. With a larger Kid’s Pirate Camp, and more volunteers to staff it, they are looking forward to an even better “haul” this year.

“Our objective is to create an event that encourages the participation of, and fundraising for, a wide range of local non-profits,” Latimer said.

The primary beneficiaries for the Pirate Rendezvous, the Ecumenical Food Pantry and Big Brothers Big Sisters, are also helping make the event happen. “All of our beneficiaries are event participants,” Latimer said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is providing volunteers to help support general operations and activities at the Pirate Bazaar.

The Ecumenical Food Pantry is providing volunteers and logistical support at the Kid’s Pirate Camp, and will benefit from fundraising at that location as well as JVS Blessings in a Backpack and all the other non-profits who sign up to join the crew.

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with pirates attacking at high noon on Saturday, June 20. There is no charge for admission.

For more information on how to join the crew at Kid’s Pirate Camp, contact Volunteers Coordinator Bob Conger at 207-677-3403 or email
bob.conger@towerswatson.com.

For more information on the Pirate Rendezvous, check www.piraterendezvous.com or contact Greg Latimer (the pirate “Scribe”) at 207-380-9912 or greglatimer@yahoo.com.

  • April 16th, 2015
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Pirate Rendezvous Adds Beneficiaries

 

Pirate Rendezvous Announces New Primary Beneficiaries; Seeks Additional Non-Profits

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From the Pirate Rendezvous
For further information contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimer@yahoo.com

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous has announced two new primary beneficiaries for the event: the Ecumenical Food Pantry and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The event is also seeking additional non-profits to join the Pirate Rendezvous as secondary beneficiaries.

“Our objective is to create an event that encourages the participation of, and fundraising for, a wide range of local non-profits,” said Pirate Rendezvous event director Greg Latimer.

“All of our beneficiaries are event participants,” Latimer said. Big Brothers Big Sisters is providing volunteers to help support general operations and activities at the Pirate Bazaar. The Ecumenical Food Pantry is providing volunteers and logistical support at the Kid’s Pirate Camp.

Broadside!: One of the favorite games at the Kids Pirate Camp is Broadside! in which children are able to use bean bags to knock down targets on a large wooden pirate ship. Broadside! was built by Michael Morrison of Bristol and is sponsored by Hillside Collision Center of Waldoboro. Volunteers from non-profits will be able to assist children with enjoying Broadside! and many other games and activities at the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous in Damariscotta on Saturday, June 20.

“What we’re looking for are additional non-profits, or individuals who would like to benefit a non-profit, to sign up for a 4-hour shift helping out with games and activities,” Latimer said.

When the event is over and the “treasure” counted, it will be shared out based on shifts covered by the non-profits and their supporters. Non-profits will also be welcome to distribute information while working at the event.

“I like to call it a bake sale without the bake, or the sale,” Latimer said. “All that folks have to do is get on the volunteer schedule, show up for their shift, help with a game or activity, and take their share of the treasure. The more volunteers we get, the more games and activities we can open, and the more profits for everybody. And nobody has to worry about unsold bakery goods, not selling enough baked goods to make a profit; or even baking them in the first place.”

A complete written outline of the share out system and how non-profits and their supporters can join the crew may be obtained from Pirate Rendezvous event director Greg Latimer by telephoning 207-380-9912.

Buccaneers and belly dancers, as played by re-enactors from throughout the New England area, will converge on Lincoln County Sat., June 20 to participate in the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous.

The daylong event begins at 8 a.m. with a Pirate Pancake Breakfast at the Damariscotta Baptist Church. At 10 a.m. piratical activities open throughout the in-town areas of Damariscotta and Newcastle. The event highlight comes at noon, when the Mystic Pirates O’ the Damariscotta rise from the depths of history, sail in aboard their armed 57-foot sailing vessel, and invade the twin villages of Damariscotta and Newcastle.

The invading pirates are joined by upward of 1,000 children, adorned in pirate costumes, who help the Mystic Pirates search for their hidden treasure, and then share a portion of the loot.

A Pirate Bazaar located at the riverside Schooner Landing Restaurant & Marina will feature themed retail stands and daylong music and entertainment.

Children will be able to enjoy a variety of games at the Kid’s Pirate Camp on Water Street. Both of these venues open at 10 a.m.

Businesses and restaurants throughout in-town Damariscotta and Newcastle will also be in on the fun, with pirate themed specials and décor.

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous opens at runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with pirates attacking at high noon on Sat., June 20. There is no charge for admission.

For more information on the Pirate Rendezvous, check www.piraterendezvous.com or contact Greg Latimer (the pirate “Scribe”) at 207-380-9912 or greglatimer@yahoo.com

  • April 14th, 2015
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Pirate Rendezvous – June 20, 2015

 

Pirate Rendezvous Brings Swashbuckling Action to Twin Villages Sat., June 20

 
June 20th, 2015
Pirate Rendezvous Damariscotta, Maine

For Immediate Release From the Pirate Rendezvous

From buccaneers to belly dancers, re-enactors from throughout the New England area will converge on Lincoln County Sat., June 20 to participate in the 8th annual Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, a fundraiser for Lincoln County nonprofits.

The day-long event begins at 8 a.m. with a Pirate Pancake Breakfast at the Damariscotta Baptist Church. At 10 a.m. piratical activities open throughout the in-town areas of Damariscotta and Newcastle. The event highlight comes at noon, when the Mystic Pirates O’ the Damariscotta rise from the depths of history, sail in aboard their armed 57-foot sailing vessel, and invade the twin villages of Damariscotta and Newcastle.

The invading pirates are joined by upward of 1,000 children, adorned in pirate costumes, who help the Mystic Pirates search for their hidden treasure, and then share a portion of the loot.

Hundreds of children participate in the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, scheduled for Sat., June 20 in Damariscotta, helping to take over the town and find the hidden treasure. This group is part of the Pirate Kids Costume Contest. (photo by Ellie Busby)

The event has always been a fundraiser for local nonprofits, and this year will see major developments in that regard. “We will be announcing new beneficiaries for the Pirate Rendezvous; all locally based, high impact nonprofits,” said Event Director Greg Latimer. That announcement will be made in the next several weeks, according to Latimer.

The event action is provided by costumed re-enactors. “Many of our re-enactors come from Maine, but many others come from as far away as Massachusetts and Connecticut. These folks often stay for the entire weekend, or longer, and I’m hoping that their presence is beneficial to local businesses.” Latimer said. “This is an amazing effort on the part of people who come here and help raise money for local nonprofits.”

A Pirate Bazaar located at the riverside Schooner Landing Restaurant & Marina will feature themed retail stands and daylong music and entertainment. Children will be able to enjoy a variety of games at the Kid’s Pirate Camp on Water Street. Both of these venues open at 10 a.m.

The S/V Must Roos is the flagship of the Dark Rose Pirates, and one of the attacking vessels during the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, scheduled for Sat., June 20 in Damariscotta. The vessel is a 57-foot topsail yawl armed with four deck guns. (photo courtesy of Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous)

Businesses and restaurants throughout in-town Damariscotta and Newcastle will also be in on the fun, with pirate themed specials and décor.

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with pirates attacking at high noon on Sat., June 20. There is no charge for admission.

For more information on the Pirate Rendezvous, and great photos from past invasions, check www.piraterendezvous.com or contact Greg Latimer (the pirate “Scribe”) at 207-380-9912 or greglatimer@yahoo.com.