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Pirate Festival exceeds expectations
July 27, 2011 09:40 am


Bruce Ellis, Kat Benjamin and Mike Moran organized the first Pirates of the Pacific Festival at the Port of Brookings Harbor. Pilot photo/Bill Schlichting

Masses of people dressed in pirate costumes, piles of pirate grub, festive entertainment and lines of vendors filled the port this weekend for Brookings’ first pirate festival.

“It met all my expectations plus. I didn’t expect that many people. That blew my mind,” festival director of operations Bruce Ellis said of the Pirates of the Pacific Festival. 

The festival, which took place July 22-24, was a huge success. Between 5,000 and 6,000 people attended the  three-day festival, according to Mike Moran, festival crew director.


Four shows remain for pirate musical
July 27, 2011 07:59 am


The action-packed Brookings-Harbor Community Theater presentation of “Lady Pirates of the Caribbean” continues with four shows remaining. 

Final shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 28, 29 and 30, and 2 p.m.Sunday, July 31, at the Harbor Performing Arts Center in the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center. 

As the story unfolds, a chest of doubloons sent by the queen to care for orphaned children has been stolen. To save the orphans from starvation, Sister Benedict seeks the help of Esmeralda, the captain of the pirates known as the Lawless Ladies. 


Beneath the Surface: Diver shares peek of ocean off Harris Beach
July 22, 2011 10:12 pm


Brookings resident Russell Ralls is often seen donning diving gear at Harris Beach to explore the underwater world.

Ralls said he walks out from the beach and swims past the surf before diving underwater. He brings along his compact underwater camera to take pictures.

During the dive he photographs schools of fish (above), a white-line dirona, a type of nudibranch (left), white-plumed anemone (below right) and an assortment of colorful plant life (below left).


Blues in the Park Sunday
July 22, 2011 10:01 pm


The Craig Allen Blues Band, which has played at Azalea Park for several years, will return for a performance Sunday, July 24. The Pilot file photo/Jef Hatch

The Craig Allen Blues Band returns to Azalea Park Sunday, July 24, to perform “rock and roll to steamroll the soul.”

The band will perform at 1 p.m.for a free American Music Festival concert.

According to band’s website, The Craig Allen Blues Band was conceived in 1998 in Klamath Falls, where the Allens live. It began with the singing debut of Craig Allen at a blues society jam session in a small pub. 


Pirates invade port boardwalk for 3-day festival
July 20, 2011 12:22 pm


Breeches, bandanas, knitted caps, waistcoats and motley clothes in bright colors are all part of the pirate attire  that people will most likely be surrounded by at the first annual Pirates of the Pacific Festival at the Port of Brookings-Harbor on the boardwalk.

The festival runs from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 24. Admission is free.

“I brought it (here) because I wanted to bring the three communities – Brookings, Gold Beach and Crescent City – together,” said festival director of operations Bruce Ellis. “I want to put Brookings on the map through the pirate festival. I want to invite everybody from all over to visit our fantastic city.” 



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