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Inner Visions’ Brings Caribbean Beat to Schooner Landing Friday, July 18

Sounds of the Caribbean will rock the pub at Schooner Landing in Damariscotta on Fri., July 18 as the reggae band Inner Visions makes the only midcoast Maine appearance on their 2014 tour.

Sometimes referred to as “the Virgin Islands best kept secret” Inner Visions has played together for over 30 years, with much of that time spent in the Caribbean. The talented group of musicians hails from the tiny island of St. John in the Virgin Islands. Touring throughout the Caribbean in their early days, they fought hard to overcome the more dominant Calypso/Soca music scene, always building a stronger bond with their ever-increasing fan base.

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It wasn’t until 2002, when promoter Patty Watts heard the band at small venue in Massachusetts, that Inner Visions began to bring their music and message to big audiences in the US. That year Watts booked Inner Visions to be one of the bands on the Bob Marley Festival Tour, where the audience response to their original reggae style was incredible, and the band continues to gain popularity. Their annual appearance at Schooner Landing always brings an eager crowd.

Inner Visions continues to reach out to new audiences with their special roots message of love and brotherhood. The group has performed at festivals and venues in Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Tortola and St. Thomas, Mexico, Europe and the US, at premier reggae venues and festivals including SXSW, California World Music Festival, Bethlehem Muzik Fest, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and the Lafayette Reggae Festival.

According to Schooner Landing co-owner Scott Folsom, the band’s draw is expected to reach far beyond Maine. “I’ve been getting calls from all over the country, and the Virgin Islands,” Folsom said. “People tell me that they’re planning their visit to Maine around the Inner Visions appearance here at Schooner Landing.”

The core band members are: Philip “Grasshopper” Pickering (guitars, lead and backing vocals), Alvin “Jupiter” Pickering (bass, drum programs, backing vocals), “Ras” Paul Samms (lead and backing vocals, various sundry percussion), Akiba “Mr. Snooze” Pickering (keyboards) and Aswad “Hollywood” Pickering (drums).

The Inner Visions July 18 appearance begins at 9:30 p.m. at Schooner Landing, located next to the Damariscotta/Newcastle Bridge on Main Street in Damariscotta. US Rt. 1 is the closest major highway, and the Damariscotta exit is well marked.

Schooner Landing’s pub features a full list of local ales, fine wines, cocktails – and plenty of room for dancing. Before the show, Schooner Landing’s restaurant with inside and outside seating, will be serving dinner until 8:30 p.m. The menu features fresh local seafood (including Pemaquid Oysters fresh from the Damariscotta River), as well as steaks, chicken, and other original entrees.

For more information, contact Schooner Landing at 207-563-7447.

2013 'Pirate Rendezvous' Returned June 22 - Benefits Local Children

The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous will ring in its fifth anniversary this summer with a typical buccaneer celebration – invading the in-town areas of Damariscotta and Newcastle.

Folks should take care to keep a keen eye to seaward on Sat., June 22, when the crew of pirates will be invading with the dual purpose of finding their lost treasure and helping provide gifts and food for families seeking assistance from Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes during the 2012 Christmas season.

Participants include pirate re-enactors and costumed children from all over the northeast who unite for the day to become the Mystic Pirates of the Damariscotta, taking over the town at noon and remaining until 4 p.m., when they will fade back into history.

Pirate Vessel S/V Must Roos: The pirate ship S/V Must Roos sails up river loaded with pirates ready to invade the in-town areas of Damariscotta and Newcastle during the 2011 Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous. The vessel is armed with six cannon, and was part of a flotilla of three pirate ships that led the invasion. This year the event is scheduled for Sat., June 23. (photo by Don Dunbar / easternmaineimages.com).

Events will include the pirates arriving by boat, “rampaging” through a Pirate Bazaar at Schooner Landing, and then “pillaging” the in-town area.

A Pirate Bazaar located at the riverside Schooner Landing Restaurant & Marina will feature themed retail stands and daylong music and entertainment. Children will be able to enjoy a variety of games at the Kid’s Pirate Camp on Water Street. Both of these venues open at 10 a.m. A Buccaneer Breakfast hosted by the Damariscotta Baptist Church will open up at 8 a.m. to ensure that the pirates and the public are well fed and ready for the big day.

Businesses and restaurants throughout in-town Damariscotta and Newcastle will also be in on the fun, with pirate themed specials and décor.

When the pirates invade at high noon, children will be invited to participate in the defense of the town. Once the pirates have invaded and convinced all the townfolk and children to seek the riches of the lost treasure, the children will be involved in a day-long drama to find the hidden plunder that will include a Crew Muster and Pirate Costume Contest, and a Treasure Hunt that will take the children through businesses of the in-town area as they search for the Lost Treasure of the Mystic Pirates.

Kid Pirates Invade: Hundreds of kid pirates join the “invasion” of in-town Damariscotta and Newcastle during the 2011 Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous. This year the event is scheduled for Sat., June 23. (photo by Don Dunbar / www.easternmaineimages.com)

Proceeds from the Pirate Rendezvous will go to Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes, which benefited over 500 children in 2012 with Christmas dinners and gifts. Many area residents are familiar with Family Holiday Wishes through the pink and blue Wish Tags they distribute each year, with each tag representing the hopeful wish of a local child in need.

For more information on the Pirate Rendezvous, and great photos from past invasions, check www.piraterendezvous.com or contact Greg Latimer (the pirate "Scribe") at 207-380-9912 or piraterendezvous@yahoo.com.

2013 Damariscotta Blues Festival

August 2,3 & 4, - Blues festival held in Damariscotta, Maine.
To contact or find the most up to date information on the DamBluesFest, visit their website at: 2013 Damariscotta Blues Festival

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2013 Pemaquid Oyster Festival August 29

The Pemaquid Oyster Festival, Damariscotta's annual celebration of the working waterfront, marine conservation, and the Pemaquid oyster, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary Sun., Sept. 29 from noon to dusk. The popular event is an important fundraiser for the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund.

As always, the Pemaquid Oyster Festival will feature a great line-up of entertainment, food, educational exhibits and thousands of oysters fresh from the Damariscotta River. (There is also a menu with plenty of choices other than oysters!) The festival is held right on the banks of the Damariscotta River at Schooner Landing Restaurant & Marina on Main St. in Damariscotta, and includes other Main St. businesses. Last year over 10,000 oysters were served at the Pemaquid Oyster Festival.

While the event is held outdoors on Schooner Landing's riverside deck, there are tents to cover the educational exhibits, entertainment stage, and other locations so that the Pemaquid Oyster Festival can be held rain or shine.

The Pemaquid Oyster Festival is the primary fundraiser for the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund. The fund is named after Edward Myers, a Walpole resident who pioneered aquaculture in the Damariscotta River and many other areas.

"This fund is intended to continue Edward Myers' vision of having a sustainable working waterfront as well as protecting our marine environment; implemented through education and research projects with a focus on marine conservation," said Chris Davis of the Pemaquid Oyster Company.

Since the first Pemaquid Oyster Festival in 2001, the event has been hosted by the Pemaquid Oyster Co. and Schooner Landing. Both of these hosts contribute all of their profits from the day to the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund. The fundraising efforts of these hosts are supported by sponsors that help cover expenses including entertainment, tents, and fuel for the boat rides.

The Pemaquid Oyster Festival is also seeking volunteers to fill a variety of positions. Some of the activities volunteers will be needed for include: stage management, festival set-up and take-down, boat deck hands, boat ride gate management, oyster shucking, general assistance on the food line, and contest management.

For more information on volunteer work or sponsorships please contact Greg Latimer at 207-380-9912 or pemaquidoysterfest2010@yahoo.com.

2013 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta, September 12-14

A fun-packed week of events include the a pumpkin paddle boat relay and pumpkin motor boat regatta, the officially-sanctioned GPC giant pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkin catapulting, pumpkin hurling by a USA-record holder, The Big 10-Inch from Pennsylvania and the scrappy New Hampshire challengers, The American Chunkers. Photos, videos, and other details available at www.damariscottapumpkinfest.com. There is a giant pumpkin parade, first annual pumpkin derby, two dozen giant 600-pound decorated pumpkins lining Damariscotta's main street, children's activities, a pumpkin dessert contest, pie eating competition, a giant pumpkin drop (in 2010, two double-decked cars were the target from 200 feet!) and more.