Recent events brought a medley of interesting characters to the quaint Norwegian community of Poulsbo, Washington. Raucous pirates mingled with boat enthusiasts and curious onlookers to enjoy the musical entertainment and admire the 75 -100 boats moored at the Poulsbo Marina.
The Pacific Northwest 2013 Cruising Rendezvous coincided with the Poulsbo’s Annual Street Dance. Dozens of boats decorated with pirate flags and memorabilia were docked at the marina and the overflow of boats could be seen anchored in Liberty Bay.
Gary Peterson, Commodore of the Pacific Northwest Cruisers , has reported that each annual “invasion” impacts the community economy by $60,000-$70,000. Every year the location rotates and new organizers secure dock space, slip assignments, arrange sponsors and work with local officials. In the past, ports in Cornet Bay, Oak Harbor, Port Townsend and Friday Harbor have been invaded by a large group of boaters known as “The Brethren of the Sound”.
This summer the boat-centric community invaded the Port of Poulsbo with style. Some boats erupted with cannon fire, adventurous boaters competed in blindfolded dinghy races and Seafair Pirates swaggered onto the docks creating mayhem. Gary Peterson’s organizational skills were outstanding. He procured two concrete barges to enlarge the E-Dock so guests could dance to the Eric Stone Band.
Vendors and local merchants reveled in buccaneer booty. Music filled the City of Poulsbo. Tropical-rock music performed by the talented Dave Calhoun brought a festive melody to the dock. The main stage at Front Street and Jensen Way was the performance venue for the talented musicians performing during the popular Street Dance. The artist lineup included: James Redfern, Eric Fridrich & the Wanderlust, Afro-Cuban blues, the Iverson Brothers and headliner Soul Siren. The streets of Poulsbo were filled with crowds of locals and visitors dancing and enjoying music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Although the event was free, nonperishable food donations were collected to benefit North Kitsap Fishline and proceeds from a raffle were channeled to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The simultaneous events throughout Poulsbo included:
• children’s activities at Kvelstad Pavilion
• dancing and music clinics
• a business mentorship program presented by West Sound Academy
Locals and visitors to the Poulsbo community enjoyed a sunny, fun-filled weekend with delicious food, talented musicians and artists and vibrant pirates. The predominantly Viking community welcomed the raucous pirates in Norwegian style. Perhaps in a future Pacific Northwest Cruising Party the Vikings and Seafair Pirates will walk the plank in harmony.
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