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  • 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.