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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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.

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!

Pirates Return to the Space Room Lounge!

Legend has foretold of a shining city beneath a towering mountain where culture and peace flourish. Yet, the Ancient Seers knew it was not to remain so for long. They have seen visions of great sails billowing and a stout wooden vessel making port in the the fair city under a flag of black. They have seen a great horde of ill favored men and stunning, yet contumelious, women coming ashore and descending, in the way of a mannerless rabble, upon a local public house month after month.

As it has been foretold, Pirates are returning to the Space Room!

Yes, indeed, after a holiday hiatus, the plans for the PDXYAR, Dangerous Kids and The Space Room Lounge to present “Pirates” are now complete. Not only is this much loved event returning, we have all worked together to come up with some improvements we hope will be to your liking.

The first change to Pirates (v2.0, if you will) is sure to make you happy. No longer will the event be held on Thursday nights! Instead, in order to preserve your sick days (and ours!) “Pirates at the Space Room” will now be held on Friday nights. In fact, you can plan right now to join us on the second Friday of every month.

On top of the usual singing of shanties, amazingly delicious (and dangerously potent) special drinks and general tomfoolery, you can look forward to a few new additions. One such addition is a Liar’s Dice Challenge. In this you will be able to challenge a pirate to a game of Liar’s Dice and if you win… well, let’s say there is a reward that certain state and local regulations prohibit us from discussing in an open forum.

The first of the new and improved “Pirates at the Space Room” will be Friday, February 10th from 8pm until midnight. After that will be occurring every 2nd Friday of the month. Make your plans, grab the number to your favorite cab company and we will see you there!

When: Friday, February 10th from 8pm until midnight (then every 2nd Friday of the month)
Where: The Space Room Lounge
4800 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 235-6957



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PDXYAR Invades Maher’s Irish Pub

This weekend set a course for Lake Oswego and join of the PDXYAR crew at Maher’s Irish Pub. If you missed our first two outings at Maher’s you can make up for it on Friday, January, 20th at 9pm.

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

What: PDXYAR Invades Maher’s Irish Pub

When: Friday, January, 20th- 9pm to 11pm

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


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Women of Wonder Day 2011

Once again PDXYAR has been invited to participate in Women of Wonder Day (previously Wonder Woman Day) being held at Excalibur Comics. This is the six year for this fabulous event which raises money for Domestic Violence charity programs. It has been so successful that from 2006-2010, the five Wonder Woman Day events raised over $110,000.

PDXYAR is excited to again mix Mandalorian Mercenaries, super heroes, super villains, stormtroopers, Starfleet and a bunch of Browncoats just in the from the black.  Believe it or not, those are just some of the highlights for Women of Wonder Day.  This popular Portland event that brings together diverse pop culture groups, comic book artists, comic strip artists, animation artists and special guests all for the benefit of four domestic violence programs.

Women of Wonder Day is a kid friendly event features a bevy of artists, including many doing signings and sketches.  As well, you can have your picture taken with a real super hero, place a bid in the silent auction, win prizes and even sing some karaoke.

This year you can visit with, not only PDXYAR, but the Mandalorian Mercs of the Seron Clan, the PDX Browncoats, the cast of Trek in the Park, the Alter Ego Society, and the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Legion.

Come on out and join your friendly neighborhood pirates in support of a great cause!

When: October 30th, from 12 noon-6pm
Cost: FREE!
Where: Excalibur Comics, 2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon


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Sunday, October 24, 2010


PDXYAR Invades Salvador Molly’s for International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

When you consider that International Talk Like a Pirate Day falls on a Monday this year, it is exceedingly important for you to choose your night’s entertainments with care. You don’t want to waste your evening on some lame event and then have to wait another 364 days for ITLAPD to come around again. Luckily for you, we have the perfect solution!

On Monday, September 19, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, PDXYAR will be invading Salvador Molly’s, Portland’s preeminent purveyors of pirate provisions. Join us for an evening of not only talking like a pirate, but eating, singing and possibly drinking like a pirate s well! Beyond the photos with pirates, shanties being sung and general piratical mischief taking place, there is a rumor that some pirate celebrities may join us for the evening. We are talking Order of the Leviathan pirates such as “The MacKay,” who may swing by to assure period appropriateness of the rum supply.

When: Monday, September 19, from 6:00pm- 8:00pm
Where: Salvador Molly’s- 1523 SW Sunset Blvd. Portland, OR


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PPF: The Complete PDXYAR Schedule of Performances

As the Portland Pirate Festival is nearly upon us, it is time to make sure you are organized to maximize your time at the event (it is only two days, after all!). Below you will find a complete listing of the scheduled performances from PDXYAR. Remember that no matter the time, the PDXYAR encampment will always be manned by pirates. So stop by to chat, get some photos, shop the merchandise offered by both PDXYAR and The Forge and Thistle or even see if you can score a pirate trading card!

If you have any questions about PDXYAR’s encampment or events feel free to shoot us an email, post something on our Facebook wall over even launch a tweet.

Note: the following schedule is available in a handy downloadable, and printable, format by clicking here.

Saturday 9/3

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM: Epic Scale Pirates & Liar’s Dice: Learn to play these piratical games from our Games Masters! Recommended for children 8+.
Location: Gaming area adjacent to El Tiburon

10:45 AM – Storytelling: Join our crew as we spin a yarn about life on the high seas.
Location: El Tiburon

11:10 AM – Cannon Show: PDXYAR joins forces with our northwest pirate brethren for a round of cannon fire and black powder demonstrations.
Location: Thunder Ridge

12:00 PM – Pirate Duel: A stunning display of swordplay, small arms, whips and the occasional heated verbal exchange. Our crew gives a demonstration of stage combat and how “disagreements” are often resolved at sea.
Location: El Tiburon

1:00 PM – Cannon Show: PDXYAR joins forces with our northwest pirate brethren for a round of cannon fire and black powder demonstrations.
Location: Thunder Ridge

1:45 PM – Storytelling: Join our crew as we spin a yarn about life on the high seas.
Location: El Tiburon

3:00 PM – Pirate Duel: A stunning display of swordplay, small arms, whips and the occasional heated verbal exchange. Our crew gives a demonstration of stage combat and how “disagreements” are often resolved at sea.
Location: El Tiburon

4:00 PM – Storytelling: Join our crew as we spin a yarn about life on the high seas.
Location: El Tiburon

4:15 PM – Cannon Show: PDXYAR joins forces with our northwest pirate brethren for a round of cannon fire and black powder demonstrations.
Location: Thunder Ridge

5:15 PM – Pirate Duel: A stunning display of swordplay, small arms, whips and the occasional heated verbal exchange. Our crew gives a demonstration of stage combat and how “disagreements” are often resolved at sea.
Location: El Tiburon

5:45 PM – Cannon Show: PDXYAR joins forces with our northwest pirate brethren for a round of cannon fire and black powder demonstrations.
Location: Thunder Ridge

6:30 PM – Pirate Duel: A stunning display of swordplay, small arms, whips and the occasional heated verbal exchange. Our crew gives a demonstration of stage combat and how “disagreements” are often resolved at sea.
Location: El Tiburon

8:00 PM – Liar’s Dice Tournament: Challenge your fellow pirates in a game of deception and strategy. The victor wins glorious prizes from our fine mates at ThinkGeek! Sign up throughout the day at El Tiburon.
Location: Oberon’s Pub

9:40 PM – Cannon Show: PDXYAR joins forces with our northwest pirate brethren for a round of cannon fire and black powder demonstrations.
Location: Thunder Ridge

Sunday 9/4

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM: Epic Scale Pirates & Liar’s Dice: Learn to play these piratical games from our Games Masters! Recommended for children 8+.
Location: Gaming area adjacent to El Tiburon

10:45 AM – Storytelling: Join our crew as we spin a yarn about life on the high seas.
Location: El Tiburon

11:10 AM – Cannon Show: PDXYAR joins forces with our northwest pirate brethren for a round of cannon fire and black powder demonstrations.
Location: Thunder Ridge

12:00 PM – Pirate Duel: A stunning display of swordplay, small arms, whips and the occasional heated verbal exchange. Our crew gives a demonstration of stage combat and how “disagreements” are often resolved at sea.
Location: El Tiburon

1:00 PM – Cannon Show: PDXYAR joins forces with our northwest pirate brethren for a round of cannon fire and black powder demonstrations.
Location: Thunder Ridge

1:30 PM – Pirate Duel: A stunning display of swordplay, small arms, whips and the occasional heated verbal exchange. Our crew gives a demonstration of stage combat and how “disagreements” are often resolved at sea.
Location: El Tiburon

1:45 PM – Storytelling: Join our crew as we spin a yarn about life on the high seas.
Location: El Tiburon

2:30 PM – Pirate Duel: A stunning display of swordplay, small arms, whips and the occasional heated verbal exchange. Our crew gives a demonstration of stage combat and how “disagreements” are often resolved at sea.
Location: El Tiburon

4:00 PM – Storytelling: Join our crew as we spin a yarn about life on the high seas.
Location: El Tiburon

4:00 PM – Cannon Show: PDXYAR joins forces with our northwest pirate brethren for a round of cannon fire and black powder demonstrations.
Location: Thunder Ridge

5:15 PM – Pirate Duel: A stunning display of swordplay, small arms, whips and the occasional heated verbal exchange. Our crew gives a demonstration of stage combat and how “disagreements” are often resolved at sea.
Location: El Tiburon

5:45 PM – Pub Raid & Sea Shanties: The PDXYAR Shanty Crew raids the pub for a rousing selection of songs perfect for working, drinking or just being a pirate!
Location: Oberon’s Pub

8:00 PM – Fire Dancing: The PDXYAR Fire Dancers descend for an impressive display of flame and music.
Location: Quarterdeck Stage

9:00 PM – Liar’s Dice Tournament: Challenge your fellow pirates in a game of deception and strategy. The victor wins glorious prizes from our fine mates at ThinkGeek! Sign up throughout the day at El Tiburon.
Location: Oberon’s Pub

10:00 PM – Cannon Show: PDXYAR joins forces with our northwest pirate brethren for a round of cannon fire and black powder demonstrations.
Location: Thunder Ridge

Marian Call and the DoubleClicks Play Bridge City Comics

Tonight will be a special one at Bridge City Comics as they present Geek Girl Awesome with Marian Call and the DoubleClicks. This, Bridge City Comics’ very first Concert in the Courtyard, is a free show (artist donation requested) starting at 7pm.

If you are not familiar with Marian Call, this is the perfect opportunity to see what you are missing. Here is a sample of the glory you are in for this evening:

You can listen to more of Marian’s music and buy CDs here.

As I have already mentioned Portland’s own DoubleClicks share this unique bill with their own wonderful style as you can see below:

You can watch videos and find out more about the DoubleClicks here.

Come out and join us for what shall prove to be a night of musical glory! When you do you will be inspired to give a $15 in donation for artists and even pick up a CD or two.

You can head over to Facebook and let them know you are coming on the event page

Marian Call can also be found on Facebook and Twitter and YouTube
The DoubleClicks are also on Facebook, Twitter and the YouTubes

For more information on the event visit Bridge City Comics

Bridge City Comics is located at 3725 N. Mississippi Ave in North Portland:


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Seafair Pirates Landing

This weekend when Seattle’s Seafair Pirates land at Alki Beach PDXYAR will be there. With the events kicking off at 9:30 this Saturday, the pirates are scheduled to storm the beach between 11:30 and 12:30pm (seriously, did you expect pirates to get up earlier than that?) and mark the official opening of the Seafair Season

PDXYAR will be a part of the street fair again this year. Visit with us at our booth and engage us over a piratical game or two. Besides the Liar’s Dice, this weekend will mark the return of the Epic Scale Pirates game! Of course, you can always expect the possibility of a spontaneous shanty or maybe even random sword fight. We will be there from around 9:30 (or as soon as the Captain manages to shake the crew loose from the racks) and will be there until they kick us out.

Getting there:

Can’t Make It?

Now, we certainly understand if you are not able to follow us up to Seattle for the day, but if you can’t that leaves you no excuses! This weekend also marks the premiere of Trek in the Park. Don’t miss, “Mirror, Mirror,” or the bad, bearded Spock will know…