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  • June 19th, 2014
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Free Parking and Shuttle

 

Free Parking and Shuttle Service to the Pirate Rendezvous

 

Thanks to Lincoln Academy and their staff (especially Dave Page) 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.

Lincoln Academy is located at 81 Academy Hill Rd. in Newcastle, 04553.

Click here for map of Lincoln Academny

 

  • June 13th, 2014
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Pirates Large and Small

 

Pirates Large and Small at Pirate Rendezvous June 21

 
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 21.

Pirate Ship 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

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

Since it’s inception almost eight years ago, the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous has benefited the Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes food and gift drive, which assisted over local 500 children and their families in 2013.

The pirates have also joined forces with the Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) 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, located in the Schooner Landing parking lot, and will be priced to include a donation to Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes.

One big change for 2014 is the relocation of the Kid’s Pirate Camp to the Pirate Bazaar. “All those pirate oriented games and children’s activities will be incorporated into the retail businesses and entertainment stage at the Pirate Bazaar, making for a real variety in that area,” Latimer said.

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)

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. 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.

The pirates (and local militia and townsfolk) 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.

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous opens at 10 a.m. with activities at the Pirate Bazaar, Battery Point and up Main St. at the Chapman-Hall House where there will be a blacksmith demonstration with Jeff Miller, hosted by the Lincoln County Historical Association from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Boat rides aboard the excursion boat RiverTripper will be embarking from Schooner Landing Marina, where the Pirate Bazaar is located. They will have a table there for ticket sales from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then will sell tickets from the gangplank gate at Schooner Landing Marina. Boat rides to see the invasion depart at 11:15 a.m. and additional rides are scheduled throughout the day. For more information pricing and tickets call 888-635-4309.

The pirates sail up-river and attack the Twin Villages at high noon, and the defenders respond with cannon fire from their shore battery. Good views may be had from many locations and, during the “invasion”, 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 and a Treasure Hunt. There will also be belly dancing on the Pirate Bazaar stage with two groups, the Nathifa Shakti Dance School from Newcastle and the Paradigm crew from Bangor.

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)

The event should wind down at 4 p.m., but on a somber note. A memorial service, including a small arms salute, will be held in honor of Bloodthirsty Barbara (Barbara Tomlinson) and Capt. Ann Flynte (Donna Keniston), two pirates who passed away during the winter months.

Finally, when the sun sets on the Damariscotta River, the Mystic Pirates will return to the depths of history for another year.

A complete schedule for the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous is available at www.piraterendezvous.com.

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

Belly Dancer

Nathifa Shakti of the Nathifa Shakti Dance School in Newcastle performs at the 2013 Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous. There will also be belly dancing on the Pirate Bazaar stage with the Paradigm crew of belly dancers from Bangor. (photo by Ellie Busby)

This year those sponsors include Renys, Ames Supply, Damariscotta Bank & Trust, Cheney Insurance, Newcastle Square Realty, Lincoln County Healthcare and Colby & Gale.

Supporting sponsors include The Standard of Newcastle, LLC, Louis Doe’s Pet Center, 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.

Twin Village Taxi will be the official Buccaneer Carriage for the event. Transportation can be arranged by calling 563-1850.

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@yahoo.com.

  • June 9th, 2014
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In Memory of Two Buccaneer Captains

 

For Immediate Release
from the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous
for further information contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimer@yahoo.com

Pirate Rendezvous Dedicated to the Memory of Two Buccaneer Captains

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous will end on a somber note this year, with a ceremony to honor the memory of two pirate re-enactor captains who passed away during the winter months. The ceremony, including a small arms salute and pirate flag folding, will take place at approximately 4 p.m. at the Pirate Bazaar located in the Schooner Landing parking lot. The public is invited to attend. The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous is scheduled for Sat., June 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with pirates attacking at high noon.

Bloodthirsty Barbara (Barbara Tomlinson) of the Maine-based Dark Rose Pirates and Capt. Ann Flynte (Donna Keniston) of the New Hampshire-based Black Rose Privateers II both played important roles in the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous.

Bloodthirsty Barbara

Pirating was a family affair for Barbara Tomlinson (right) in her role as Bloodthirsty Barbara with her mother Dorothy Mardiat (left) in her role as Naughty Dottie. Tomlinson passed away on Jan. 22, 2014. (photo by Don Dunbar/eastermaineimages.com)

Bloodthirsty Barbara was the pirate captain who led the invasion of Damariscotta since the first Pirate Rendezvous in 2008. She would lead the waterborne invasion aboard the 57-foot armed yawl S/V Must Roos, a vessel she helped build and that bears a name meaning “Dark Rose” in Estonian, Bloodthirsty’s heritage. She was well-known to crowds for her trademark red hair, flashing smile, and an opaque left eye with a black iris.

Donna Keniston

Donna Keniston (second from left), in her role as Capt. Ann Flynte, is flanked by members of her crew, including her husband Charles (left). They were engaging in a weapons demonstration at the 2013 Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous. Donna Keniston passed away on Feb. 11, 2014. (photo by Ellie Busby)

Capt. Ann Flynte and her Black Rose Privateers have been responsible for the defense of Battery Point, the artillery shore battery on the marina jetty in Newcastle. While their defense has always been staunch, the event script always calls for their summary defeat, after which they join the invading pirates to search for hidden treasure in the Twin Villages. Capt. Flynte and her privateers were well known for the detailed and educational weapons demonstration they provided during the morning hours of the Pirate Rendezvous.

The Pirate Rendezvous is the primary fundraiser for Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes, a food and gift drive that benefited over 500 local children and their families during the Christmas season last year. Many area residents are familiar with Family Holiday Wishes through the pink and blue Wish Tags they distribute each year, with each tag representing the hopeful wish of a local child in need.

This year area non-profits are invited “join the crew and share the treasure,” raising money in support of their efforts while helping out at the Kid’s Pirate Camp located on Water Street during the event. For more information on how non-profits can become involved, contact Sally Lobkowicz at 380-3806.

The Pirate Rendezvous is a day-long family event that incorporates children in helping the Mystic Pirates find their lost treasure hidden somewhere within in-town Damariscotta. The highlight of the day is at high noon when the pirates sail up the Damariscotta River, unleashing volleys of cannon fire at defenders onshore. Once the pirates land, there will be a variety of activities in-town as the buccaneers seek their treasure. Activities will take place throughout in-town Damariscotta and Newcastle.

For information on participating in the Pirate Rendezvous as a volunteer or sponsor, please contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimer@yahoo.com. To learn more about the event visit www.piraterendezvous.com.

  • June 9th, 2014
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‘RiverTripper’ to Join Fundraising

 

For Immediate Release
from the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous
for further information contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimer@yahoo.com

RiverTripper’ to Join Fundraising at Pirate Rendezvous

A passenger vessel with the capability to carry up to 49 passengers will provide tours during the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, including a water borne view of the invasion, on Sat., June 21. Ten percent of the revenue generated by the boat rides will go to Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes, the holiday food and gift drive benefited by the Pirate Rendezvous, according to Capt. Chip Holmes and First Mate Olga Oros of the vessel RiverTripper. The vessel and Capt. Holmes are both licensed by the United States Coast Guard.

The RiverTripper plying the waters of the Damariscotta River. (photo by Olga Oros)

The RiverTripper plying the waters of the Damariscotta River. (photo by Olga Oros)

The RiverTripper (also dubbed the M/V Teciani) is 50-feet long with a beam of 14.8-feet and draws only 4-feet of water, according to Capt. Holmes, a Newcastle resident. Passengers can enjoy ample seating, a stable ride and a full bar as the RiverTripper plies the Damariscotta.

RiverTripper will be embarking from Schooner Landing Marina, where the Pirate Bazaar is located. They will have a table there for ticket sales from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then will sell tickets from the gangplank gate at Schooner Landing Marina. Tickets may also be purchased in advance by calling 888-635-4309.

The first trip of the day will allow passengers to watch the pirate invasion from the river, with comfortable seating and available refreshments. The boat departs at 11:15 a.m. and returns with the pirates (so that passengers can disembark and join the invasion themselves). “We will bring you to get a sneak peak of the Pirate boat, the S/V Must Roos, preparing for the attack on Damariscotta and follow them to town for the best view of their dastardly deeds,” Oros said. Admission for this trip is $20 for adults and $15 for children.

Following the invasion, the RiverTripper will run hourly trips at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. with a price of $15 for adults and $10 for children. These trips will allow passengers to enjoy a pleasant cruise on the Damariscotta River.

A Summer Solstice Night Cruise is planned for the evening hours with live music and full bar, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with all tickets priced at $30.

The RiverTripper is equipped with snacks and a full bar, which are available aboard at additional cost to the ticket price.

The Pirate Rendezvous is a day-long family event that incorporates children in helping the Mystic Pirates find their lost treasure hidden somewhere within in-town Damariscotta. The event will open at 10 a.m., with the highlight of the day at high noon when the pirates sail up the Damariscotta River, unleashing volleys of cannon fire at defenders onshore. Once the pirates land, there will be a variety of activities in-town as the buccaneers seek their treasure. Activities will take place throughout in-town Damariscotta and Newcastle.

The Pirate Rendezvous is the primary fundraiser for Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes, a food and gift drive that benefited over 500 local children and their families during the Christmas season last year. Many area residents are familiar with Family Holiday Wishes through the pink and blue Wish Tags they distribute each year, with each tag representing the hopeful wish of a local child in need.

For information on participating in the Pirate Rendezvous as a volunteer or sponsor, please contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimer@yahoo.com. To learn more about the event visit www.piraterendezvous.com.

  • February 6th, 2014
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Pirate Rendezvous – June 21, 2014

 

Pirate Rendezvous Set for Saturday, June 21
in Damariscotta

June 21st, 2014
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 21 to participate in the 7th annual Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, a fundraiser for the Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes food and gift drive and other charities.

“This is an amazing effort on the part of people who pay their own expenses for travel, lodging, and of course, their costumes and equipment; to come here and help raise money for local families in need,” said Greg Latimer, Director of the Pirate Rendezvous.

Part of the proceeds from the Pirate Rendezvous will go to Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes, which benefited over 500 children in 2013 with Christmas dinners and gifts. Many area residents are familiar with Family Holiday Wishes through the pink and blue Wish Tags they distribute each year, with each tag representing the hopeful wish of a local child in need.

Hundreds of children participate in the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, scheduled for Sat., June 21 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 2013 Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous raised over $4000 to benefit Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes. Other charitable efforts will also be benefited by the event in a variety of ways. In 2013 the Great Salt Bay Community School Field Hockey Team and Boy Scout Troop 213 benefited from their participation in the Kid’s Pirate Camp. “We’re looking at ways to expand this and other opportunities,” Latimer said.

The core of the event 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,” Latimer said. “These folks often stay for the entire weekend, or longer, and I’m hoping that
their presence is beneficial to local businesses.”

In turn, local businesses and other organizations lend their support to Pirate Rendezvous re-enactors, and through that, to the charities
benefited by the event.

Contributing Sponsors assist the event by off setting certain expenses so that more of the money generated during the event can go to assist the charitable efforts. In 2013 these sponsors included Renys, Ames Supply, Damariscotta Bank & Trust, Cheney Insurance, Newcastle Square Realty, Lincoln County Healthcare and Colby and Gale.

In-town Participating Sponsors offer discounts for food and retail items during and after the event. Lodging is provided at a savings
for re-enactors by Pemaquid Lake Campground.

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 21 in Damariscotta. The vessel is a 57-foot topsail yawl armed with four deck guns. (photo courtesy of Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous)

Additional support is provided by members of the Damariscotta Baptist Church, who host a Buccaneer Feast the night before and a Pirate Pancake Breakfast the morning of the Pirate Rendezvous. (Both of these events are also open to the public.)

While many of the re-enactors participate as individuals, a large portion arrive as members of groups. This year the pirate re-enactor
groups include the Primrose Pirates based in New Hampshire; the Brethren of the Coast based in New England; as well as the Ancient Ones, the Kennebec Rovers and the Dark Rose Pirates, based in Maine.

All of these groups and individuals will form up into attackers and defenders when the pirate assault begins at high noon on Sat., June
21. Eventually, everyone will become a member of the Mystic Pirates o’ the Damariscotta — including hundreds of costumed children, who
will all seek the treasure hidden somewhere in Damariscotta.

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 runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with pirates attacking at high noon on Sat., June 21. 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.