Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Port Washington Pirate Festival is cancelled this year after issues between the event organizer and city officials could not be resolved, and Port is now working with the Grafton Blues Association for a family-friendly event to replace it.
Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify details about the new festival planned for June. Port Washington Pirate Festival is cancelled this year after issues between the event organizer and city officials could not be resolved, and Port is now working with the Grafton Blues Association for a family-friendly event to replace it. A Facebook post announcing the cancellation of the event went up shortly after noon on Tuesday, reading: "Cancelled. Dear Friends of the Pirate Festival please make plans to invade another port June 7, 8 & 9th, 2013, you are not wanted in Port Washington. More information to follow including auctioning off Pirate Festival treasures. We are so sorry to pass along the bad news. Hopefully in the future …
Friday, February 8, 2013
If an agreement with Port Washington Festivals is not reached the group might not perform at this year's Pirate festival.
Belly dancers might not make it to the annual Pirate Festival if organizers don't pay up. Rakhshanda Tribal Belly Dance LLC has sued Port Washington Festivals Inc. for an unpaid balance of the $700 for their performance at the 2012 festival, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The initial check that was given to the dance group bounced. The attorney for the group said the belly dance group may return to this year's festival if something is worked out. Port Washington Pirate Festival has hit rocky waters with city officials and vendors. Earlier this week, city officials said event organizer Kim McCulloch has not complied with a number of city requests and deadlines meant to coordinate efforts between her and the city as well as …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The fate of the Port Washington Pirate Festival rests in limbo after the organizer and city officials go head-to-head regarding several problems with the event and communication between the two parties.
Port Washington Pirate Festival has hit rocky waters as the event organizer and city officials clashed on Tuesday night about the event's structure and reputation. City Administrator Mark Grams and Mayor Tom Mlada seemed ready to watch event organizer Kim McCulloch walk the plank, saying McCulloch has not complied with a number of city requests and deadlines meant to coordinate efforts between her and the city as well as avoid problems from past years. On top of that, the festival also has outstanding bills owed to vendors, and the city is upset by the number of calls its received from those parties hoping to be paid; many people don't understand the city isn't actually in charge of the event. "I've received personally angry e-mails from …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Port Washington Pirate Festival starts Friday, lasting through Sunday — providing a weekend full of fun.
It's here — the first full weekend in June, which means it's also the time of year when pirates hit the streets of downtown Port Washington in full costume. The event includes: "invasions, a Thieves Marketplace, a Gruel Galley, a Buccaneer Bash, fireworks, children's activities, demonstrations, educational exhibits, musicians, comedians, a parade, a pirate ship and much more," according to the event's website. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Find the schedule of events on the festival's website. If you're one of those pirates dressed up for the event, or just a festival-goer with some neat pictures — add them to this gallery. Ahoy, mate!