The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous on June 22 is all about fun and fundraising, especially for children. The event draws hundreds of children (such as this ferocious pirate) and is the primary fundraiser for Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes, a Christmas season food and gift drive that assisted over 500 children and their families in 2012. (Photo by Don Dunbar/easternmaineimages.com)
“Bloodthirsty Barbara” (left), from Pirates of the Dark Rose crew, points out the Damariscotta Bank & Trust to a crew of children, where the pirates go to “extort” treasure through the drive-up station. (Photo by Don Dunbar/easternmaineimages.com)
“Doc”, from Pirates of the Dark Rose crew, discharges “Leaping Louis” a six-pound naval gun located on Battery Point (he Mattson Marina in Newcastle). His target is the pirate fleet approaching up river. (Photo by Don Dunbar/easternmaineimages.com)
DAMARISCOTTA, Maine – 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 Saturday, June 22.
“This is an event that is for and about children,” said Greg Latimer, event director of the Pirate Rendezvous, in a press release. “The event benefits three local non-profits that are child- and youth-oriented, and during the event hundreds of costumed children join the pirates to help find the hidden treasure.”
Since its inception almost seven years ago, the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous has benefited the Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes food and gift drive, which assisted more than 500 children and their families in 2012. This year the event has incorporated the Great Salt Bay Community School Field Hockey team and Boy Scout Troop 213 into the fundraising.
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 in front of the Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, and will be priced to include a donation to Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes.
The pirates, 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 $3 for children.
The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous opens at 10 a.m. with three in-town locations.
A Pirate Bazaar located at the riverside Schooner Landing Restaurant & Marina in Damariscotta 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 in Damariscotta.
At Mattson Marina on the Newcastle side of the river will be Battery Point, bristling with artillery and open to the public (until the shootin’ begins).
Up Main Street at the Chapman-Hall House there will be a blacksmith demonstration with Jeff Miller hosted by the Lincoln County Historical Association from noon to 3 p.m.
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 Pirate Pet Parade, a Lil’ Pirates Costume Contest and a Treasure Hunt. There will be belly dancing on the Pirate Bazaar stage with two groups, the Nathifa Shakti Dance School from Newcastle and the Paradigm crew from Bangor. The event should wind down at 4 p.m.
Finally, when the sun sets on the Damariscotta River, the Mystic Pirates will return to the depths of history for another year.
But the fun won’t be over yet. A Pirate Pub Crawl hosted by Lincoln County SPARK, a networking group will fill out the evening (for adults). The cost to participate is $5. The event starts at 4 p.m. and will progress to four downtown restaurants and taverns with 60-minute stays at each.
All profits from the SPARK Pub Crawl will be donated to Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes.
To join the SPARK Pub Crawl just meet the group from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the kick-off at King Eider’s Pub, or contact Cerina at 491-1241 during the crawl. SPARK will wrap up the crawl at 9 p.m. at Schooner Landing where a Pirate Party will be in the works.
For more information on the Spark Pub Crawl call 491-1241 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A complete schedule for the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous is available at http://www.piraterendezvous.
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 beneficiaries.
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 Mattson Development, 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, the band “Straight Up” and the Davis Island Grill.
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 email@example.com.
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