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.”
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.