RCCC- Visit the PDXYAR Booth and Join Our Panel!

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Avast ye swabs! Beat to quarters, haul out the long nines, and make ready fer a broadside! Join the privateers of PDXYAR for a week’s worth of sailing, shanties, stories and work… crammed into one hour! You’ll join the crew of El Tiburon, get yer orders from the governor and set sail for glory on the high seas. Learn the duties and responsibilities of the ship’s crew and her officers. Will you be elected as Captain, assigned the duties of ship’s Bo’sun or just work as a member of the crew? This interactive panel will teach you about life aboard a tall ship in the 17th century, with a heavy dose of role playing. Welcome aboard, mates!

Also we’ll be hanging the backdrop for photos, allowing people to “Join the Crew” and ringing a bell incessantly and generally making nuisances of ourselves.

You will be finding us for “Sailing Under the Black Flag: A Journey Aboard El Tiburon!” in Panel Room 7 from 4 to 4:50pm on Saturday, as well as booth 315 all weekend!

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PDXYAR at Maker Faire THIS Weekend!

This weekend marks the return of the Mini Maker Faire to the OMSI and you should be making plans to join us there. PDXYAR will indeed be in attendance again this year establishing a encampment, singing shanties and offering a wide range of entertainments while adding our trademark piratical flare to the occasion. Take in the video below and then see the specifics of our endeavors under that.

Performances:

Guapo’s Galley:

Guapo’s Galley features ship’s cook Guapo del Negro in a living history demonstration of how food was cooked and crews were fed aboard a 17th century tall ship. Think equal parts America’s Test Kitchen and a piratical Swedish Chef. Porkins may be Captain of El Tiburon, but Guapo rules the galley!

Swashbuckling Swordplay:

Do your wee lads and lasses dare cross blades with a pirate? Bring them by the PDXYAR encampment where our weapons masters shall offer them instruction in the fine art of combat. (Worry not, all weapons are padded!)

Gunnery Display:

Visit the PDXYAR encampment for an up close look at the gunnery line. Sorry folks- no cannon firing this weekend.

Liar’s Dice:
Think you can best a pirate? Come by our tents for a rousing game of Liar’s Dice.

Join the Crew:

Sign the articles and become sworn in as an honorary member of the crew of El Tiburon. Learn the pirate code and take home your very own certificate indicating your membership in good standing. Remember mates, we sail at dawn (or, after cartoons).

Shanties: All Day Saturday and Sunday

When: Saturday and Sunday September 12th and 13th from 10am to 5pm
Cost: $15 adults, $10 youth (3-17) & seniors (63+) (Members get $5 off all tickets)

GET TICKETS HERE

Where: Oregon Museum of Science & Industry

1945 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Beat the Heat with Pirates and GLORY!

With the temps hitting triple digits here in PDX most folks are looking for ways to avoid the heat. Sure, you could seek the the shade like an overheated lion on the savanna, but PDXYAR has a better option for you. In fact we have two!

The Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival

Once again PDXYAR is returning to the streets of Rockaway Beach for the Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival and this year we have a very full schedule. The crew will be performing black powder demonstrations, a gunnery show and even fire dancing. Join us on Saturday night for a beach bonfire and later for a pub raid on the Sand Dollar Lounge.

This is a pirate event you do not want to miss!

And on top of that the tempatures will only be in the 70s.

And then there is that other option I mentioned…

Seafair Pirates Landing

If you are looking for a more northerly course this weekend, PDXYAR also has crew at Alki Beach to support our mates of the Seattle Seafair Pirates in their annual Seafair Pirates Landing.

PDXYAR Returns to the OMSI Mini Maker Faire!

This weekend marks the return of the Mini Makers Faire to the OMSI and you should be making plans to join us there. PDXYAR will indeed be in attendance again this year establishing a encampment, singing shanties and offering a wide range of entertainments while adding our trademark piratical flare to the occasion. Take in the video below and then see the specifics of our endeavors under that.

Performances:

Guapo’s Galley: 12pm and 2pm both days

Guapo’s Galley features ship’s cook Guapo del Negro in a living history demonstration of how food was cooked and crews were fed aboard a 17th century tall ship. Think equal parts America’s Test Kitchen and a piratical Swedish Chef. Porkins may be Captain of El Tiburon, but Guapo rules the galley!

Swashbuckling Swordplay: 11am, 1pm, 3pm both days.

Do your wee lads and lasses dare cross blades with a pirate? Bring them by the PDXYAR encampment where our weapons masters shall offer them instruction in the fine art of combat. (Worry not, all weapons are padded!)

Gunnery Display: All Day Saturday and Sunday

Visit the PDXYAR encampment for an up close look at the gunnery line. Sorry folks- no cannon firing this weekend.

Liar’s Dice: All Day Saturday and Sunday

Think you can best a pirate? Come by our tents for a rousing game of Liar’s Dice.

Join the Crew: All Day Saturday and Sunday

Sign the articles and become sworn in as an honorary member of the crew of El Tiburon. Learn the pirate code and take home your very own certificate indicating your membership in good standing. Remember mates, we sail at dawn (or, after cartoons).

Shanties: All Day Saturday and Sunday

When: Saturday and Sunday September 13 and 14th from 10am to 5pm
Cost: $15 adults, $10 youth (3-17) & seniors (63+) (Members get $5 off all tickets)

GET TICKETS HERE

Where: Oregon Museum of Science & Industry

1945 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

The Weekend of Glory Part Deux!

As if PDXYAR falling upon the unsuspecting citizens of a picturesque coastal town for the Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival was not enough for one weekend we are also sending a boat crew north again. This time the destination is a little place called Alki Beach.

Alonzo, Gracie and Jerry will be leading their crew to Seattle Seafair to provide the Seafair Pirates with a cannon salute as they come ashore under the leadership of this year’s captain, Captain Kidd (Marvin Davis).

When: Saturday June 28th between 11:30 and 12:30
Where: Alki Beach- 1702 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA

The Rockaway Pirate Festival

Imagine, if you will, it is the year 1716. You are standing on the edge of a small coastal town, your eyes cast seaward. You spy a ship standing at anchor, she bobs languidly in the ebbing tide. Her sails are neatly furled and few walk the decks, but wisps of smoke still rise from her larboard side cannons to be taken by the westerly breeze..

Closer in to shore a pair of cutters slice their way through the frothing surf on the strong pull of the sweeps. As they slide onto the the unprotected beach their crews rush forth with weapons drawn. With swords, boarding ax, musket and pistol held aloft the pirates stride into town like they own the place…

Because they do.

While the PDXYAR Q Branch has yet to perfect our time travel device so you may experience this scene in person, we do have something that comes in at a close second- The Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival.

Happening this very weekend, not only is this a great fest, it is the closest Pirate Festival to PDX happening this year. Do not question it, just gather your crew and run for your favorite mode of conveyance.



What will be waiting for you on the coast? How about the triumphant return of the PDXYAR black powder show! We’ll have a cannon and small arms line setup and will be doing a total of 4 shows. We will also have We’ll have a tent/booth setup with Liar’s Dice and an opportunity for kids to “join the crew” of El Tiburon. On top of that are two evening shows on Friday and Saturday night, pub raids, train raids and more.

Don’t delay! Make plans for the coast this weekend!

When: June 27th, 28th and 29th
Cost: FREE! (No entry fee, Rum extra)
Where: Downtown Rockaway Beach

The Weekend of GLORY!

Few times in the history of the entire world has so much transpired in a single weekend. In fact, there is so much happening scientists fear that a single weekend will fail to hold it, shattering the days into sharp fragments which will actually rip a hole in the universe itself. The only way to prevent the end of times is for each and every one of you to get out there and have as much fun as you can.

To that end, allow us to suggest a couple of ways to have great amounts of fun.

Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze

Captain Porkins will be leading a boat crew north to the shores of Westport, Washington today for the kick off the Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze. He and the crew will be on site all weekend at their encampment, located between the Outragous Fortune and the Jade Dragon Pirates. They will also be performing cannon shows (click here for a complete schedule of events) on all three days. If you make the trek up on Saturday there is a chance that you might be able to see our Captain in a tiny ship for a Mini Brig Battle.

PGC3 Geek Olympathon

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Now, if you are unable to hear the sounding of the cannons with Captain Porkins, fear not. For this Saturday marks the return of a cherished event. It is when whole of Stumptown becomes a battleground of physical prowess and intellectual adroitness. It is the PGC3 Geek Olymathon.
Grab your bat’leth, pocket your copy of the Shadow Proclamation and load your team into the Quinjet for it all goes down this weekend.

Yes, the Olypathon is back and it is indeed better than ever. The competitive events list is long and distinguished. With challenges such as the iDope’s “Smart Phone Phorge”, Geek in the City’s “Name that Geek Tune”, Guardian Games’ “Defend the Game Shop” and much more (see the full lineup here), there is sure to be something to challenge even the most stalwart Geeks.

PDXYAR will once again be providing our pair of signature events; Liar’s Dice and the Scallywag Hunt.

Lair’s Dice
Between noon and 2pm you will be able to find crew members at the Magic Garden and from 2:30pm until 5 in the courtyard outside Bridge City Comics, waiting to take on all comers in a rousing game of Liar’s Dice. One member of your team can challenge the crew to a game with glory on the line. Each game should last around 20 minutes (if you are lucky).

Scallywag Hunt
Think of it as a scavenger hunt where you use clues to find piratical scallywags brazenly hiding somewhere in Portland. We will post first the identity of the target scallywag on Twitter and then provide a series of three progressively easier clues to help you locate them. Your objective is to locate the target, take a photo with him or her and then post it to Twitter (hash tagged with #scallywaghunt). We will be awarding first, second and third place medals in each of the three rounds that will run between noon and 5pm. Each team can only medal once in this event. While you may only win one medal in this event, you can attempt to place higher and trade up your medal.

Remember to follow @pdxyar on Twitter to participate in this event and to receive updates on all the latest piratical happenings.

Parades, (Seafair) Pirates and Bars!

Call it fate, call it luck, call it karma, this weekend something will happen on the streets of Portland that has not been witnessed in a generation. You might have heard rumors, but I am writing to lay it all out.

Yes, this weekend the Seattle Seafair Pirates will return to the Starlight Parade. After an absence of decades (which may, or may not, have had something to do with the Statute of Limitations) our brethren from the north will be making port in Stumptown this very night and we call upon all skallywags to join PDXYAR in making them feel welcome in our fair city.

Tonight, after 9pm, you will be able to find our two crews at the Pirates Cove for libations and entertainment. Just remember to pace yourself. It is going to be a very busy weekend.

Tomorrow night, PDXYAR will be join the Seafair Pirates in the Starlight Parade. In fact, keep a weather eye as we will also have crew marching with the Portland Geek Council and the Pirates of Portlandia.

Now, after the parade you might just want to take a Sharpie and write your address on your arm in clear, bold letters. This will be most helpful in the event you experience difficulties communicating it to the cab driver at the end of the night. Think I am joking? Then you have never seen the Seafair Pirates and PDXYAR team up to raid pubs together!

So, make sure you are following PDXYAR on Twitter (https://twitter.com/pdxyar) because we will be tweeting our locations and destinations.

PDXYAR to Help Crew OMSI After Dark!

This Wednesday science meets pirates at OMSI After Dark. Slake your thirst for scientific exploration with activities and demonstrations in subjects such as the art of natural navigation, explosions and projectiles. Then try your hand with blade as Academia Duellatoria teaches the basics of sword and buckler. Or you take in Portland Opera’s presentation of the “Pirates of Penzance” or some pirate music by BilgeRats and Pyrettes. No matter your choice of where begin your night’s voyage you will find a trove of possibilities.

Yes, including PDXYAR.

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Considering that PDXYAR is a crew with an extraordinarily high ratio of scientists per pirate, you are assured we will be in attendance. Come by the PDXYAR encampment for our pirate photo booth, some games of chance, sea shanties and more.

This is a 21 and over event.

Date: April 30th, 2014
Time: 6pm- 10pm (Happy Hour at the “Theory” eatery starts at 5pm)
Cost: $13 Non-Members, $7 Members, FREE OAD Members
Tickets: GET YOUR TICKETS HERE
Where:

OMSI
1945 SE Water Ave.
Portland, OR 97214-3354

Breaking News- PDXYAR Elects a New Captain!

Dateline Stumptown- PDXYAR has a new Captain. Following the example of Golden Age pirates The Swashbucklers of Stumptown have adopted the practice of electing a captain annually by secret ballot.

We are proud to announce that, as of February 16, 2014 , our new captain is Fjørd Porkins!

Captain Porkins

Former Captain Redgoat, having passed the mantle of leadership to his successor after five years in the post, is looking forward to being a member of the crew.

Stayed tuned for announcements of our first event of the 2014 season and come out to give Captain Porkins a hearty “Huzzah!”