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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PDXYAR Invades Opera Theater Oregon

Black Friday is coming and if you really think about the concept, it really is sort of a pirate holiday. PDXYAR will be out in force, but the crew will not be chasing elusive retail booty. Instead we will be raising the black flag over not one, but two events on Friday. The first of these events kicks off at 7pm at the Mission Theater:

To start off the evening we will be joining Opera Theater Oregon for the premiere or their new series OPERA vs. CINEMA! Join us for pre-show sea shanties sung by PDXYAR and the OTO gang. There will also be a pirate costume contest and pirate-themed drink specials such as the Extra Special Booty. Once you are filled with rum and ale and your ears are burning with the singing of 19th century vulgarity the the movie will start.

The film. the classic silent film “The Black Pirate” (the 1926 silent film, starring Douglas Fairbanks) will have the live improvised accompaniment by renowned pianist Doug Schneider. Doug will be improvising from Richard Wagner’s broody opera “Der fliegende Holländer” (The Flying Dutchman).

After the show you can follow the crew down to Maher’s Irish Pub for pirates, shanties and booze!

When: Friday, November 25th
Time: Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm
Where: The Mission Theater
Cost:Tickets are $9
Tickets: Online Tickets can be ordered here


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PDXYAR Invades Maher’s Irish Pub

Perhaps there is no more fitting way to cap off a week started at Salvador Molly’s for International Talk Like a Pirate Day than to raid a family run restaurant and pub that strives to maintain the traditions of a small Irish Pub. That’s right, this Friday PDXYAR will invade Maher’s Irish Pub!

Now, if you are curious as to why I say this is “fitting” allow me to wax historical for a moment. If you look back around the time of the Golden Age of Piracy, you find that England strove mightily to keep the people of both Ireland and Scotland under its boot through oppressive laws, a legal system that favored the English and even outright thuggery. The resulting conditions in both subjugated countries provided a fertile environment for men and women to be drawn to lawless pursuits such as piracy.

“Oh, Mrs. McGraw,” the captain said,
“would you like to make a pirate out of your son, Ted?
With a scarlet cloak and a fine cocked hat,
Oh, Mrs. McGraw wouldn’t you like that?”
Mrs. McGraw
Traditional Sea Shanty of Irish Origin

Most of the Irish pirates gained little notoriety, but there were some that did.  One such pirate was Grace O’Malley, who in the 1500’s brought here clan out of poverty through piracy.  “The Hen” as she became known, used a fleet of oar driven galley ships to plunder the seas outside the important seaport of Galway.  So effective where her exploits that the English diverted forces from its war with Spain and France to protect their “home waters.”

To describe another notable Irish pirate I will call upon PDXYAR’s own Master Historian:

“Irishman Edward Seegar was known in the pirate world as Edward England.  He was a pirate who joined forces with Captains Le Bouche and Taylor and plundered around the Cape of Good Hope capturing over a dozen vessels, including the Royal James, and the 34 gun Fancy.  His career as captain ended when, because of an act of kindness (we all know the Irish are a kind folk), he was removed from the position of captain and marooned.  In early, 1721 he was reduced to begging and living off the kindness of strangers.  A broken man, he died not long afterward in Madagascar.”

Master Robert “Cockroach” Blair

How about just one more vaguely important act of piracy.  In his excellent work, “How the Irish Saved Civilization” Thomas Cahill, lays out his case for how Europe was able to climb out of the Dark Ages because Ireland had been a storehouse for learning and a repository for books.  The reason for this remote island to have become so rich in knowledge was the introduction of Christianity by the patron Saint of Ireland, Patrick.   Patrick was not from Ireland though.  He was born the son of a Deacon in Wales, but was taken in a raid by Irish pirates and brought back to Ireland to become a slave.   After six years of tending sheep, and talking with God, Patrick escaped Ireland only to return some years later to spread the Word and to ignite a passion for books and learning in the people of Ireland.

Thus, if we follow this argument, had Patrick not been taken by pirates he would have never have brought Christianity, and learning, to Ireland.  If the Irish had not been so taken with knowledge Europe would not have emerged from the Dark Ages as it did.  There would have been no Renaissance and the world would not be the place it is today.

In effect, one could make the claim that Irish Pirates saved Western Civilization.

Is it fitting that we should end the week of International Talk Like a Pirate Day with a raid on an Irish Pub?  Yeah, I think so.

So, join the crew of PDXYAR as we descend upon Maher’s Irish Pub for an evening of celebration, shanties, piratical fun and Guinness!  We shall make port this Friday, September 23. If weather is glorious, we’re be there from 7 until 9pm on the patio, if weather is less stellar, we be inside from 9 until 11pm.

What: PDXYAR Invades Maher’s Irish Pub

When: Friday, September 23 from 7:00pm -9:00pm (with Fair Seas) 9 -11pm (in foul weather)

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


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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…

TFAW Hosts Art Opening

On Friday, June 24th, Things From Another World’s Hollywood location will be hosting an art show and book preview with local artist Paul Guinan and writer Anina Bennett. The art show features a selection of prints and a display of rare toys and artifacts from the pair’s book, Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel. This book, a fictional “historical,” tells the story of a mechanical man/prototype soldier, built during the 1890s and follows his adventures through World War I. The work has not only received the Emperor Norton Award, it has also been recently optioned by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Lost, Fringe).

To add to the evening, the event will also include a sneak preview of artwork from Paul and Anina’s upcoming book, Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention. The intriguing concept of the book promises to be the chronicle of a family of steampunk inventors. As a feature of this exhibit, Paul will present the first public showing of the elaborate model he built of “Valiant”, Frank Reade’s electric battle wagon.

All this and you get to meet Paul and Anina, who will be TFAW’s special guests at this year’s SDCC without the long drive. The event kicks off at 7pm and runs until 10pm. There will be copies of Boilerplate will be available for purchase and signing. Also, you are invited to view an extraordinary collection of pieces while enjoying complimentary food, beer, and wine (with valid ID).

Hope to see you there!

Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival

Fresh off the fun and excitement of the 2011 Geek Olympaton, PDXYAR will be returning to our regular pirating duties this weekend as we set course for the Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival. This first year of the Rockaway Beach pirate fest will feature not only PDXYAR, but there is also Treasure Hunt, Kids Scavenger Hunt and Sundown Submarine Races.

PDXYAR will be on hand Saturday and Sunday with a full line up pirate offerings. Beyond the PDXYAR Merchandise & Gaming Booths (open 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Sunday) we will be offering the following entertainments:

Saturday:
Black Powder Performance: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Sea Shanty Performance: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Sword Fighting: 4:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Fire Dancing: 10:00 PM – 10:30 PM

After the Fire Dancing, join us for a raid on Rick’s Roadhouse!

Sunday:
Black Powder Performance: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Sea Shanty Performance: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Sword Fighting: 4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

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UPDATED: The Geek Olympathon is Nearly Upon Us!

UPDATE: Here is video of this morning’s opening ceremonies!

This weekend, Portland will bear witness to a never before seen event as PGC3 presents the Geek Olympathon!

OLYMPATHON 2011 from Zachary van Buuren on Vimeo.

For two days, at venues all around PDX, geeks will be called upon to demonstrate their prowess in events such as:

Racing the Tubes Alleycat Bicycle Race
Swords From Stones
Costume Contest
Long-Box Long-Jump
Ye Olde Scallywag Hunt
The Great Bagging and Boxing Race
Fruity Oaty Crafty
Left 4 Dead Last Man Standing
Liar’s Dice

PDXYAR will be around all weekend to celebrate everything Geek. Aside from the potential shanty, occasional sword fight and a bit of rum consumption, we will be running the Liar’s Dice competition on both Saturday and Sunday. We are also sponsoring the Ye Olde Scallywag Hunt(Hint: if you follow us on Twitter or “Like” us on Facebook you may be able to receive hints to help you win this event) through out the weekend.

You will definitely be able to find PDXYAR pirates at Saturday night’s Drink-a-thon (I know, shocking isn’t it?). While Music Du Jour (aka Ken Texley, aka Bosun’s Mate Fjørd Porkins) provides music, Captain Redgoat will share the hosting duties with Dawn AM of BookCycle PDX for an evening of Geek themed entertainment and thrills. Just to make sure things are exciting, PDXYAR will be playing with fire… literally. Greta, Main Mast, Pottie and Master Dingo will be doing a fire dancing performance that is sure to amaze and impress.

There is still time to get your team together! Register here and then compete for Glory! and magnificent prizes.