The Rockport-based Pirates of the Dark Rose will set sail for the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission charge for the annual event, which benefits Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes, a Christmas season food and gift drive.

All attendees are invited to participate in costume, but there is no requirement to do so. Children will be able to enjoy a variety of games at the Pirate Bazaar and other activities throughout the in-town area. When the pirates invade at high noon, complete with a pirate ship laying down a barrage of cannon fire, children will be invited to participate in the defense of the town as costumed re-enactors on shore attempt to repel the attack with artillery, muskets and swords. Once the pirates have invaded and convinced the townfolk and children to seek the riches of their lost treasure, the children will be involved in a day-long drama to find the Lost Treasure of the Mystic Pirates.

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