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  • June 20th, 2017
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Pirates Invade June 24th

 

Pirates ‘Invade’ the Twin Villages Sat., June 24

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous promises a host of pirates, both large and small, to invade the Twin Villages in search of piratical fun and lost treasure on Saturday, June 24.

At 10 a.m. the event will open at the Pirate Bazaar located at Schooner Landing, where there will be games, activities and pirate history displays. The authentically costumed Pirates of the Dark Rose re-enactors will be on hand at their Tortuga Village to interact with the event-goers. Volunteers from the Second Congregational Church in Newcastle will be on hand with a table that includes children’s activities and a crew of sea shanty singers, while volunteers from Blessings in a Backpack in Jefferson will have a table loaded with piratical crafts that children can enjoy.

Pirate Vessel Must Roos

The pirate vessel Must Roos leads the attack on the Twin Villages during a past Pirate Rendezvous. “Must Roos” is Estonian for “Dark Rose,” the symbol of the Dark Rose Pirates. (photo courtesy easternmaineimages.com)

“This event has always been about the children, and we plan on continuing that tradition,” said Charlie Herrick of Schooner Landing, the event host.

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, the Cheney Financial Group, Colby & Gale and The Lincoln County News.

Volunteers from Lincoln County SPARK, a local young professionals network, will lead the way during the Pirate Rendezvous with fundraising for the event beneficiaries, by awarding contributions with a pirate sticker acknowledging the giver’s generosity at the Contribution Buckets located at the event entrance.

Kid Pirates

Young pirates show their colors during the invasion of the Twin Villages at a past Pirate Rendezvous. (photo courtesy easternmaineimages.com)

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.

Proceeds from the efforts of Lincoln County SPARK and other Pirate Rendezvous income streams will benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Newcastle, Blessings in a Backpack in Jefferson, and Feed Our Scholars in Wiscasset. (Blessings in a Backpack and Feed Our Scholars are both programs that provide weekend meals and other sustenance to school children.)

Thanks to the staff at Lincoln Academy 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.

Also at 10 a.m., historical interpreter Jeff Smith of the Lincoln County Historical Association will conduct a blacksmithing demonstration at the Chapman-Hall House just up the road from the Pirate Bazaar at 270 Main Street in Damariscotta. The demonstration will continue until 4 p.m.

Tickets will be available for a special boat ride aboard the RiverTripper even before the event opens by making a reservation at 207-315-5544. Tickets can also be purchased at the Pirate Bazaar at the RiverTripper table. The vessel will be embarking from Schooner Landing Marina, where the Pirate Bazaar is located, at 11:15 a.m. and will follow a course down the Damariscotta River, perhaps sighting seals and other wildlife. Then the RiverTripper will alter course offering guests a chance to see the pirate attack from a vantage point aboard the RiverTripper. Prices for tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12 years old. A portion of ticket sales goes to support the event beneficiaries.

Pirates Charge

This group of buccaneers are showing their “piratitude” during the costume contest at a past Pirate Rendezvous. (photo courtesy easternmaineimages.com)

At 10:30 a.m. there will be a Crew Muster at the Pirate Bazaar, specifically for any re-enactors who want to join the pirate crew. The Crew Muster is intended for experienced re-enactors who want to bring edged or black powder weapons to the invasion. Children and their parents are welcome to join the pirate crew any time.

The Mystic Pirates of the Damariscotta should be heading upriver aboard their armed sailing vessel at about 11:30 a.m. with a plan to open fire on the Pirate Bazaar and invade the Twin Villages at high noon. As soon as they land, the Mystic Pirates will invite participants to join their merry band as they march through town making mischief.

At 2 p.m. there will be a Lil’ Pirates Costume Contest coordinated by volunteers from Feed our Scholars in Wiscasset, with many prizes for all sorts of categories.

After the Costume Contest, at approximately 3 p.m., there will be a surprise announcement about the possible whereabouts of pirate treasure, and how all the little pirates can get a share of it.

While pirate activities begin to wind down, the Eric Green Band will take the stage with their original style of blues music, so that any pirates who want to remain will have plenty of reason to do so.

The schedule of events:  https://www.piraterendezvousnews.com/schedule

For information on the Pirate Rendezvous as a volunteer or sponsor, please contact Greg Latimer at 380-9912 or greglatimercontact@gmail.com.

  • June 10th, 2017
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Non-Profits Invited to Join

 

Non-Profits Invited to Join Pirate Rendezvous

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

Area non-profits are invited to join the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous to spread their message to the public and engage in fundraising for their efforts, at no cost to them. The only request in this “pirate parlay” is that these non-profits help out with a children’s activity during the Pirate Rendezvous on Saturday, June 24.

“We’re hoping not only to advance the efforts of these non-profits, but provide some fun activities for our little pirates,” said Greg Latimer, event coordinator for the Pirate Rendezvous. “We have plenty of activities and games for them to choose from, if they don’t have ideas already. We’re also ready to help them develop their ideas, and provide them with prizes, if need be.”

Pirate Games

A young buccaneer enjoys a pirate game at a past Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous. (photo courtesy of easternmaineimages.com)

Participating non-profits must provide two card tables, one for displaying their information and the other for the children’s activity. The non-profits will be allowed to sell goods associated with their efforts. The sales from these goods must benefit the non-profit. It is suggested that the non-profits may also want to provide folding chairs for their volunteers.

The invitation is part of a larger effort with the newly re-developed Pirate Rendezvous to benefit as many local non-profits as possible. Proceeds from the Pirate Rendezvous are already slated to benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Newcastle, Blessings in a Backpack in Jefferson, and Feed Our Scholars in Wiscasset. (Blessings in a Backpack and Feed Our Scholars are both programs that provide weekend meals and other sustenance to school children.)

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous will bring a motley crew of buccaneers, both young and old, to invade the Twin Villages and raise funds for local non-profits.

“Children have always been a part of this event, which is one of the reasons we selected the two school programs,” said Charlie Herrick of Schooner Landing, the event host. “We’ve always liked the idea that the children participating in the Pirate Rendezvous are also benefiting other children through the funds raised for these non-profits.”

The Pirate Rendezvous will have a focus on activities at the Pirate Bazaar located at Schooner Landing, including music, pirate re-enactments, pirate history exhibits, non-profit fundraising as well as food and beverage service.

There will also be plenty of action and activities for little buccaneers, including the pirate invasion, when the Mystic Pirates O’ the Damariscotta arrive in an armed sailboat.

The Pirate Bazaar will open at 10 a.m., with pirates attacking at high noon and invading the village with their numbers bolstered by young pirates who will join the crew. There will be a Kid Pirates Costume Contest at 2 p.m. at the Bazaar. Schooner Landing will provide musical entertainment through the day, and the pirates will create their “Tortuga Village” with exhibits, games and other activities. Activities will continue at the Pirate Bazaar until 4 p.m.

Pirates of the Dark Rose professional re-enactment group will bring sword fighting, black powder weapons, artillery, and the armed topsail yawl SV Must Roos to the event.

The Pirate Rendezvous is sponsored by Renys, DB&T, Colby & Gale, the Cheney Companies, and Ames Supply. More sponsors are expected to join the effort.

For further information on the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, including non-profit and sponsorship opportunities, contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimercontact@gmail.com.

  • May 2nd, 2017
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LC Spark to Assist With Fundraising

 

LC Spark to Assist With Fundraising at Pirate Rendezvous

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
from the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous
for further information contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimercontact@gmail.com

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous will continue a tradition of fundraising for local non-profits when the event returns on Saturday, June 24; announcing three area food support groups as primary beneficiaries.

Lincoln County Spark, a local young professionals network, has volunteered to coordinate an important fundraising effort during the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, slated for Saturday, June 24.

Two iconic wooden barrels, deemed Contribution Buckets, are placed at the entrance to the event, providing a chance for festival attendees to support the three area food support groups that the Pirate Rendezvous is benefiting. The members of Lincoln County Spark will set up and staff these bucket locations during the event, and then will count the collected funds and deliver them to event organizers.

One hundred percent of the money raised from these buckets will go to benefit the food support groups: the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Newcastle, Blessings in a Backpack in Jefferson, and Feed Our Scholars in Wiscasset. Blessings in a Backpack and Feed Our Scholars are both programs that provide weekend meals and other sustenance to schoolchildren.

“We have never charged admission to the Pirate Rendezvous, so we hope these Contribution Buckets allow families and others to donate whatever amount they can afford, and help support our beneficiaries,” said event coordinator Greg Latimer. “Our pirates have always greeted folks at these buckets with the phrase, ‘Welcome, in for a penny or a pound.’ We encouage the folks at Lincoln County Spark to put their own spin on this important fundraising effort.”

Other important fundraising is provided by sponsors whose contributions offset the event expenses, with the balance of these sponsorships added to the final donation amount. These sponsorships also allow area non-profits to establish their own tables at the Pirate Rendezvous at absolutely no cost to them. The non-profits are free to hand out information or sell items for their own fundraising purposes.

So far this year, event sponsors include Renys, DB&T, and Colby & Gale; with more sponsors expected to step up.

The 2017 Pirate Rendezvous will have a focus on activities at the Pirate Bazaar located at Schooner Landing, including music, pirate re-enactments, pirate history exhibits, non-profit fundraising as well as food and beverage service.

There will also be plenty of action and activities for little buccaneers, including the pirate invasion, when the Mystic Pirates O’ the Damariscotta arrive in an armed 57-foot sailboat.

The Pirate Bazaar will open at 10 a.m., with pirates attacking at high noon and invading the village with their numbers bolstered by young pirates who will join the crew. There will be a Kid Pirates Costume Contest at 2 p.m. at the Bazaar. Schooner Landing will provide musical entertainment through the day, and the pirates will create their “Tortuga Village” with exhibits, games and other activities. Activities will continue at the Pirate Bazaar until 4 p.m.

More announcements regarding the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous will be forthcoming soon. For further information on the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimercontact@gmail.com.

  • April 5th, 2017
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Pirate Rendezvous Adds Beneficiaries

 

Pirate Rendezvous Announces Primary Beneficiaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
from the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous
for further information contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimercontact@gmail.com

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous will continue a tradition of fundraising for local non-profits when the event returns on Saturday, June 24; announcing three area food support groups as primary beneficiaries.

Proceeds from a variety of fundraising efforts before and during the event will go to benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Newcastle, Blessings in a Backpack in Jefferson, and Feed Our Scholars in Wiscasset. Blessings in a Backpack and Feed Our Scholars are both programs that provide weekend meals and other sustenance to school children.

Pirate Kids

A motley group of kid buccaneers join the pirate crew invading the Twin Villages during a past Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous. (photo courtesy easternmaineimages.com)

“Children have always been a part of this event, which is one of the reasons we selected the two school programs,” said Charlie Herrick of Schooner Landing, the event host. “We’ve always liked the idea that the children participating in the Pirate Rendezvous are also benefiting other children through the funds raised for these non-profits.”

The 2017 Pirate Rendezvous will have a focus on activities at the Pirate Bazaar located at Schooner Landing, including music, pirate re-enactments, pirate history exhibits, non-profit fundraising as well as food and beverage service.

There will also be plenty of action and activities for little buccaneers, including the pirate invasion, when the Mystic Pirates O’ the Damariscotta arrive in an armed sailboat.

The Pirate Bazaar will open at 10 a.m., with pirates attacking at high noon and invading the village with their numbers bolstered by young pirates who will join the crew. There will be a Kid Pirates Costume Contest at 2 p.m. at the Bazaar. Schooner Landing will provide musical entertainment through the day, and the pirates will create their “Tortuga Village” with exhibits, games and other activities. Activities will continue at the Pirate Bazaar until 4 p.m.

While Schooner Landing will now host the event, Pirate Rendezvous originator Greg Latimer will still be on hand to assist with both preparations before the event and operations during the event.

More announcements regarding the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous will be forthcoming soon. For further information on the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimercontact@gmail.com.

  • March 29th, 2017
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Pirate Rendezvous Returns

 

Pirate Rendezvous Returns to Damariscotta

March 29, 2017
Pirate Rendezvous Damariscotta, Maine

For Immediate Release from the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous

Following a hiatus in 2016, the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous will return on Saturday, June 24 – bringing a motley crew of buccaneers both young and old to invade the Twin Villages and raise funds for local non-profits.

The restructured event will be a bit leaner, with a focus on activities at the Pirate Bazaar located at Schooner Landing including music, pirate re-enactments, pirate history exhibits, non-profit fundraising as well as food and beverage service.

Pirates Invade

Pirates of all shapes and sizes join together during a past Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous to invade the Twin Villages. (photo courtesy easternmaineimages.com)

There will be no children’s area on Water Street, allowing that road to stay open to normal traffic. However, the event will continue to provide plenty of action and activities for little buccaneers, including the pirate invasion at high noon.

“This event has always been about the children, and we plan on continuing that tradition,” said Charlie Herrick of Schooner Landing, the event host.

Also continuing will be the participation of the Pirates of the Dark Rose professional re-enactment group. They will bring sword fighting, black powder weapons, artillery, and the armed topsail yawl SV Must Roos to the event.

While many of the details are still being worked out, the general event schedule has been established. The Pirate Bazaar will open at 10 a.m., pirates will attack at high noon and invade the village with their numbers bolstered by young pirates who will join the crew, and there will be a Kid Pirates Costume Contest at 2 p.m. Schooner Landing will provide musical entertainment through the day, and the Pirates of the Dark Rose will create their “Tortuga Village” with exhibits, games and other activities. A variety of non-profit fundraising activities will also take place. Activities will continue at the Pirate Bazaar until 4 p.m.

While Schooner Landing will now host the event, Pirate Rendezvous originator Greg Latimer will still be on hand to assist with both preparations before the event and operations during the event.

More announcements regarding the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous will be forthcoming soon. For further information on the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or greglatimercontact@gmail.com.