Fort Knox readies for a busy July

Posted June 27, 2011, at 10:56 p.m.

PROSPECT, Maine — The Friends of Fort Knox summer event season will start off with a bang on Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, with the return of Civil War re-enactor Gordon McCrae and his full-sized period cannon. McCrae enjoys explaining how the cannon was used during the Civil War and touching it off to the delight of visitors. His cannon produces thunderous fire and presents an excellent photographic opportunity for visitors.

Four years ago, McCrae did a considerable amount of work refurbishing cannons at the fort, including donating 400 hours to the project. A welder, he made many of the needed pieces by hand.

The popular Scottish Tattoo bagpipe performance, featuring four bands, will make its return to Fort Knox 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9. The St. Andrews Society of Maine and the Friends of Fort Knox sponsor the Scottish Tattoo. Tickets for the tattoo are $10, $5 age 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the fort gift shop or by calling 469-6553.

On Saturday, July 16, join the professional Pirates of the Dark Rose 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for a day of swashbuckling sword fights, duels, cannon fire and pirate ship attack. The pirate ship “Must Roos” will let loose cannon fire on the fort as she sails the waters of the Penobscot River in search of booty.

The festival will feature a treasure hunt, pirate parade (all are encouraged to attend dressed in their best pirate attire), and contests for best dressed and most authentic sounding pirate. Regular fort admission and a $3 per person event donation is requested, because pirates love their gold. Those planning to spend the day may want to bring a lunch.

The charge for the pirate ship sail is $20 a person for an hour cruise and cannon firing. The ship leaves from the Bucksport Town dock and tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 469-6553.

Another popular event returning to Fort Knox is the second Psychic/Paranormal Faire, to be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24. The event will feature renowned crypto-zoologist Loren Coleman, TV personality and author of “Mysterious America.” Joining Coleman will be the author of “Ghosts of Acadia,” Marcus LiBrizzi; East Coast Ghost Trackers paranormal investigation group, UFOologists; and psychic Sky Taylor. Visitors to the faire also will be able to consult various psychics who will be on-site for the event.

The Friends of Fort Knox work in partnership with the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands for the benefit of Fort Knox. For a complete list of Friends of Fort Knox special events consult the organization’s web site at http://fortknox.maineguide.com.

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