The Northwest Horn Orchestra’s Lucky ‘13 Jamboree this Friday!

Looking for a unique entertainment to kick off your Friday night? Might we submit that you should perhaps take in a concert by the Northwest Horn Orchestra. Obviously if PDXYAR is making such a suggestion, this is not some wholly urbane engagement requiring you to starch your cravat. Indeed for seven years the NWHO has been entertaining with an eclectic blend of music provided by french horns backed up by percussion and a rhythm section in a fun and lighthearted way.

As is their wont, these musicians enjoy adding surprises to their performances. This year mixed into their offering of jazz,classical, movie tunes, rock, show tunes and blues is pirate music. Wait! Did I mention both surprises and pirate music in a post on this site? I wonder just what that could mean?

Do yourself a favor and join us for Northwest Horn Orchestra’s Lucky ‘13 Jamboree this Friday!

When: Friday March 1st at 7:30pm
Where: The Old Church- 1422 SW 11th, Portland
Cost: $10 Students and Seniors, $15 Adults (tickets are sold at the door only)

For more information visit the Northwest Horn Orchestra website

Swashbuckler’s Ball Ticket Sales GO LIVE!

Avast what you are doing and click over to get your tickets NOW! As of 10am Ticket Sales are LIVE!

~ General Admission ~

$20 in advance. $25 at the door.

Includes:
– One ticket to The Swashbuckler’s Ball
– Access to the Belowdecks Bar Buffet!

Choose from one of our glorious VIP ticket packages…

~ Preferred Mooring Slip ~

$350 – advance sales only!

Stake your claim in the premiere spot in the Ball to see and be seen! You and your crew will have a reserved table with perfect access to the main stage, dancing, grub & grog!

Includes:
– 8 tickets to The Swashbuckler’s Ball
– A reserved table on the main ballroom floor
– Reserved food from the Belowdecks Bar Buffet delivered to your table!
– 8 commemorative 2012 SwashBall tankards
– 8 drink tokens
– 16 raffle tickets

~ Belowdecks Berth ~

$150 for a table of 4 or $225 for a table of 6
– advance sales only! –

For those scallywags seeking a quieter and more intimate experience. You and your mates will have a reserved table in the Belowdecks Bar, with an Admiral’s view of a nautical-themed burlesque show.

Includes:
– 4 or 6 tickets to The Swashbuckler’s Ball
– A reserved table in the downstairs ‘Belowdecks Bar’
– 4 or 6 food & drink tickets
– 4 or 6 commemorative 2012 SwashBall tankards
– 6 or 12 raffle tickets
– Access to the Belowdecks Bar Buffet!

Order NOW!

Come One, Come All to the Portland Pirate Festival!

Yes, it is that time once again for the Portland Pirate Festival to raid the unsuspecting town of St. Helens.

PDXYAR will, as always, be a part of that happy band to wash ashore for a weekend of piratical fun and frivolity. Make sure to come by and visit out encampment, visit with the crew and see if you can’t score yourself some of the Series 2 PDXYAR Collectible Trading cards.

This year our schedule of performances is as follows:

SATURDAY 9/1
2:00 PM – Liar’s Dice Tournament at Oberon’s Tavern
4:45 PM – Shanties at Oberon’s Tavern
8:00 PM – Liar’s Dice Tournament at Oberon’s Tavern

SUNDAY 9/2
2:00 PM – Liar’s Dice Tournament at Oberon’s Tavern
5:45 PM – Shanties at Oberon’s Tavern
6:30 PM – Liar’s Dice Tournament at Oberon’s Tavern
8:15 PM – Fire Show on the Main Stage

For more information about the Portland Pirate Festival visit their website.

The Swashbuckler’s Ball Returns!

Break open the weapons locker and roll out the guns, the Swashbuckler’s Ball is returning for it’s third year! This time around SwashBall will be making port Saturday, November 17th at the Melody Ballroom and it promises to be the biggest ball yet!

Many of you have been asking, so we will start off with revealing this year’s beneficiary. As you know, last year SwashBall was a benefit for the Oregon Human Society and we found doing something to help our furry friends may have possibly, and we are not admitting that it did, warmed our black hearts. So, this year we have decided to do something similar. We are proud to annouce that 2012 Swashbuckler’s Ball will benefit the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital.

Now that you know what makes the Swashbuckler’s Ball a good cause, now let’s talk about what makes it a good time.

For entertainment this year we have some great news to report. We have two acts confirmed for the main stage, with more to come. We are extremely excited to announce the following bands:

Tempest

Chervona

As well the, the wildly popular Belowdecks Bar returns and will serve as a showcase for the sultry performers of Critical Hit Burlesque.

Now this year the Belowdecks Bar will not only be a place of fine drinks and entertainment, but it is expanding to include a full buffet of grub and ballast for all attendees. That’s right, your ticket to SwashBall includes access to the Belowdecks Bar Buffet all night!

Of course this news is just beginning. Keep a weather eye on this site, Facebook and Twitter for news on more musical acts, details on our fabulous sponsors and of course the specifics of our truly epic raffle. Till then we will leave you with one more tidbit of news… Ticket are on Sale Tomorrow at 10am

Purchase your tickets in advance and save!

~ General Admission ~

$20 in advance. $25 at the door.

Includes:
– One ticket to The Swashbuckler’s Ball
– Access to the Belowdecks Bar Buffet!

Choose from one of our glorious VIP ticket packages…

~ Preferred Mooring Slip ~

$350 – advance sales only!

Stake your claim in the premiere spot in the Ball to see and be seen! You and your crew will have a reserved table with perfect access to the main stage, dancing, grub & grog!

Includes:
– 8 tickets to The Swashbuckler’s Ball
– A reserved table on the main ballroom floor
– Reserved food from the Belowdecks Bar Buffet delivered to your table!
– 8 commemorative 2012 SwashBall tankards
– 8 drink tokens
– 16 raffle tickets

~ Belowdecks Berth ~

$150 for a table of 4 or $225 for a table of 6
– advance sales only! –

For those scallywags seeking a quieter and more intimate experience. You and your mates will have a reserved table in the Belowdecks Bar, with an Admiral’s view of a nautical-themed burlesque show.

Includes:
– 4 or 6 tickets to The Swashbuckler’s Ball
– A reserved table in the downstairs ‘Belowdecks Bar’
– 4 or 6 food & drink tickets
– 4 or 6 commemorative 2012 SwashBall tankards
– 6 or 12 raffle tickets
– Access to the Belowdecks Bar Buffet!

A word of caution, if you are interested in a VIP package do not hesitate. These packages were very popular last year and are sure to go quickly. So, click on over and order your tickets on Saturday, September 1st.

UPDATED- PDXYAR Returns to Maher’s Irish Pub

UPDATE: Avast! This weekend’s raid on Maher’s Pub has been postponed. We’ll let you know when it is re-scheduled.
This weekend set a course for Lake Oswego and join of the PDXYAR crew at Maher’s Irish Pub. If you missed our previous raids at Maher’s you can make up for it with not one, but two upcoming dates! The Jolly Roger will be flying high over Lake O this Saturday and Saturday, August 18th!

Join us for a fine evening of pirates, shanties, fine beverages and sumptuous foods!

What: PDXYAR Invades Maher’s Irish Pub

When: Saturday, August 4th and Saturday, August 18th– 9pm to 11pm

Where: Maher’s Irish Pub- 352 B Ave, Lake Oswego OR 97034


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El Tiburon Makes Port at the Sherwood Fantasy Faire

This weekend you should embark in a short cruise down to Sherwood, Oregon for the Sherwood Fantasy Fair. This is a festival designed to combine the fun filled worlds of medieval, fantasy, folklore, fairey, pirate and a tiny bit of steampunk into a family friendly event. Blending blending historical fact, myth and popular fantasy. this event has something for everyone and that something includes El Tiburon!

Yes, it is true. After months in dry dock the crew will be manning the deck of our vessel El Tiburon this weekend. On top of that we will be doing cannon demonstrations, black powder firing, shanties and general piratical pursuits in only the way we can.

[UPDATED] Speaking of which here is the PDXYAR Performance Schedule for Saturday and Sunday

10-10:15AM Opening Cannon/Small Arms

11-11:30 Black Powder Show

12:00PM Liar’s Dice Tournament

1:30-1:50PM Shantys, Fights & Skullduggery

3:00-3:20 Shantys, Fights & Skullduggery

4:00PM Liar’s Dice Tournament

5:30-6:00PM Black Powder Show

Mark the date and set your course!

When: June 16th and 17th, 10am to 6pm
Where: 28851 SW Baker Road, Sherwood, OR
Cost:

Day Pass
$15.00 Adults
$ 7.00 Children 5-12
$ 7.00 Seniors

Weekend Pass
$20.00 Adults
$10.00 Children 5-12
$10.00 Seniors

Children under 5 are FREE!!

Onsite Parking: $5.00 per car

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All’s Fair- Now with PDXYAR!

This weekend following Pirates! at the Space Room the crew will be setting a northernly course to All’s Fair in Bonney Lake, Washington. Located between Seattle and Tacoma, this is a seminal event for growing the LARPing community by exposing the different aspects of various clubs though music, merchants, tournaments, questing, games, workshops, and the arts.

PDXYAR will be on hand in the midst of the Rise of Griffin Tournament, gladiatorial games and the epic LARP quest to bring our own brand of glory! We will be offering black powder and cannon demonstrations, shanty performances, a fire dancing show and all manner of piratical entertainment throughout the weekend. Huzzah!

All’s Fair is open from 10am through 6pm on this Saturday and Sunday.

Ticket Prices:
Adult: $10
Kids: $5
Infants: FREE
Veterans admitted free on Sunday

PDXYAR Performance Schedule (For both Saturday and Sunday)

10:00am Cannon Firing for the opening of the gates
1:30pm Black Powder Show
4:00pm Shanty set


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Wonder Northwest Returns for Round Two of GLORY!

Make a clean sweep fore and aft, brace the mizen and set out the boarding netting for Wonder Northwest is luffing up on the larboard quarter! That is a call that should set your feet aflitter for there is naught else that celebrates all that is geek like this event..

Returning for the second, year Wonder Northwest brings together the best of all things popular culture and puts it in one place. Come out to see guests such as the Doubleclicks, the Alter Egos Society, Robot Uprise, Atomic Arts, PDXYAR and many more over the course this Saturday and Sunday. There will be panels and workshops, vendor booths, live music, a costume contest, a film festival and even Geeklesque!

All of this, and more, for the ridiculously low price of $8 per day or $15 for the weekend.

The Swashbucklers of Stumptown, PDXYAR, will be on hand once again this year to insure the pirating subculture is properly represented. We will be engaging in mock combat performances, performing shanties and manning the PDXYAR booth where you can acquire fine wares from our mates at Forge & Thistle. If that wasn’t enough to keep us busy, we are also putting on a panel!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PDXYAR PHOTO GALLERY FROM WONDER NORTHWEST 2011

Perhaps panel is a misleading term. What we are putting together is more of an interactive panel workshop. Presented on Sunday at 2pm, Under the Black Flag: Welcome Aboard El Tiburon! is both both a living history discussion and an interactive role playing game. Attendees are welcomed to “join the crew” of El Tiburon and will be given a simple mission to go along with learning the tasks and challenges of sailing the vessel. Functioning very much like a “choose your own adventure” story, you will be able to learn the duties of officers, as well as the common daily tasks of the crew, aboard 17th century tall ship through example and hands-on role play.

For a full listing of all the Glory visit the Wonder Northwest site by clicking here.

Geek Olympathon is Upon You!

Once again the seminal moment of your geek year is upon up. We are talking about the annual opportunity to prove your inner geek Kung Fu is strong as you pit your mind, body and even your very soul against other like minded individuals with #GLORY! and fabulous prizes on the line.

Yes, the PGC3 Geek Olympathon is upon us.

PDXYAR will be taking part in the festivities again this year as we return with both the epic Liar’s Dice Tournament as well as the Ye Olde Scallywag Hunt! This year you will be competing for gold, silver or bronze coins. Those coins are worth 30, 20 and 10 points and at the end of the day you will turn in your coins to determine your overall placement in the Olympathon. Read on for the details of how PDXYAR can help you achieve geek glory.

Liar’s Dice

One member of each team will play against four pirates in a five player game. Each game will last roughly 20 minutes.

There will be two location where Liar’s Dice will be played:

10am – 1pm at the Backspace Cafe
2pm – 5pm at the Magic Gardens (21+)

Don’t be intimidated if you have never played Liar’s Dice. Our pirate trainers are standing by to teach the ways of the game!

Ye Olde Scallywag Hunt


Think of it is a scavenger hunt, but instead of looking for a thing, you are hunting pirates! We will post clues to Twitter and Facebook on which member of the PDXYAR crew you are to find and you will race the other teams to find them. Each round will start with posting photos of your targets and will be followed by three clues, the first being the hardest, and getting progressively easier. The object is to find the scallywag and post of photo of you with them to Twitter or Facebook.

Your reward for achieving this lofty goal is a shiny coin. We will award gold, silver and bronze coins to the first, second and third team to find and post a photo with the target. This year we are making a modification to the rules: each team can only be awarded one coin. We will run four rounds of the game, so everyone will get a chance for the GOLD!

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t forget to use the Twitter hashtag #olympathon throughout the event and #scallywaghunt for during our competition. #olympathon trended huge last year, let’s do it again!
  • To make sure you get all the clues, Follow @PDXYAR on Twitter or “Like” PDXYAR on Facebook.
  • When you post the photo of you with the target, make sure to mention or tag PDXYAR so we can be sure to see your victory.
  • Just because you see a pirate walking someplace, don’t assume that they will be the next target. We will be employing decoys to ferret out those who might want to get the edge on the competition.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and don’t be afraid to hustle. This game was very popular last year so you are likely to be up against some stiff competition.
  • Since your team can only get one coin, you might want to employ some game theory. You have 4 rounds to acquire a coin of varying point values, if you see that someone else has won the round do you go for the silver coin and the sure points. or do you wager on being able to get the gold in the next round? The evaluation of risk/reward vs the probabilities of placing should keep you busy for a while.

Pirates, Swords and Cannons and #%@! the “Classroom” Experince!

The cataclysmic crash of cannon stealing the air from your lungs, the explosive report of a musket as it’s butt drives back into your shoulder and the feel of a blade leaving your hand to spiral towards a distant target all have the power to transport one back through the veils of time to a more romantic age. These things can anchor us to a history where men and women sailed the seas without the benefits of satellites to tell them where they were, or to traverse trackless, and often hostile, forests without even a map. It can remind of us of when only a campfire provided light and bereft reality television and smartphones bearing a thousand MP3s the only entertainment was the telling of tales and the joining of voices in song.

Photo courtesy of Byron Dazey

This tether to the past is part of why the pirates of PDXYAR do what they do (well, that and the rum).

Now though, we would like to share it with you in a way you wouldn’t be able to even if you were to visit us at the firing line at the Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival or at the infamous Thunder Ridge at the Portland Pirate Festival. No this time we don’t want you to watch us perform, we want to teach you to do it.

PDXYAR has teamed up the preeminent outdoor educators of TrackersPDX to create a wholly unique two day, overnight, learning experience. Together we have put together a course of safe hands-on training with cannons, black powder small arms and bladed weapons.

Intrigued yet? You really should be.

You will come away from this weekend with a wealth of experiences that you simply can not acquire elsewhere. TrackersPDX and PDXYAR will teach you to be a part of a gun crew for both carriage mounted cannons and single mortars. You will not only learn to load and shoot a variety of black powder weapons, but engage in a target shoot to demonstrate your new skills. You can even polish your boarding party skills by learning to throw knives, daggers and tomahawks.

Even the location and accommodations for this class will be memorable. Being held at Camp Tracker in Sandy, you will be camping in either a custom built yurt or tipi, eating meals prepared in a wood fired outdoor kitchen and at night you will hear tales of high seas and learn sea shanties around the campfire.

Now, waste not a minute and make like smoke ‘n oakum over to the TrackersPDX site for complete class details and to reserve your place now via the link below!