• Pirates Invade Westport for 10th Annual Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze

    WESTPORT, Wash. – The 10th annual Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze to be held the weekend of June 22 is a family friendly festival where, pirates, wenches, and scallywags rub elbows with regular folks. Vendors, entertainers, dozens of pirate groups, and big ships and little have made this the largest pirate festival on the western coast.

    Rusty ScupperRusty Scupper’s Pirate Daze opens Friday with pirates invading Westport. Watch the Hawaiian Chieftain tall ship come into port and see her crew take over the town. Bands of pirates from over the northwest will sail to Westport from Aberdeen on the Hawaiian Chieftain, staging ‘sword fights’ and mini-brig sea battles in the marina between rival bands of pirates all weekend! New this year is a fireworks display Saturday night, preceded by music and Fire Dancers.

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    According to event coordinator, Rosie Litterer, hundreds of locals and visitors dress in pirate-period costumes for discounts and prizes, and to enter the ‘Wenches and Scalliwags’ costume contest and the Jack Sparrow look-alike contest. Entry fee for contests is a can of food for the local food bank (may be purchased at festival).

    Kids will love the games in Scallywag Alley, train rides all day, What-A-Croc sword balloons. Paying their first visit this year will be the Lost Boys Pirates, with Aayo the Barbarian Pirate, playing boffers with the children all weekend down by the tower. The Lost Boys also have a working blacksmith, there’s the traditional BOOM Black Powder demonstration, Scottie & the Grey Beards will perform acoustic music off the pirate ship, The Sun Of The Morning Star, plus lots of live music and entertainment for the whole family!

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  • Historical Seaport Authority Makes Offer to Purchase Aberdeen Sawmill Property

    Aberdeen – The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has made an offer to acquire 28 acres of the former Weyerhaeuser sawmill property in South Aberdeen on the Chehalis River. The property is immediately adjacent to 2.5 acres of land, including 320 feet of riverfront, that GHHSA has leased from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources just south of the Chehalis River Bridge. GHHSA plans to combine these parcels into its Seaport Landing project, a tall ship maintenance facility and regional tourism hub for Grays Harbor County.


    The former sawmill property includes 380 feet of wharf that will become the permanent home of the Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington, and her companion ship, Hawaiian Chieftain. The uplands portion of the property will be used for ship maintenance activities, as well as a campus for hands-on vocational and academic educational programming. Programs will focus on traditional maritime skills, Grays Harbor history, and hands-on activities attracting visitors from around the world.

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  • Aberdeen Planning Commission Seeks Input on Comprehensive Land Use Plan

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The City of Aberdeen Planning Commission will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) at the Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion.

    Add to google calendarThe Planning Commission is in the process of updating the City’s 2001 Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a record of our common vision and goals serving as guidelines for future land use decisions that affect us all.

    The Planning Commission is currently focusing on the downtown and waterfront elements.

    We want to hear from you. Has our vision and goals changed since 2001? What policies should be reexamined? What value is placed on our shared downtown and waterfront? What would we like to see in the next five, ten or twenty years? Should we build more waterfront trails? What type of public spaces should we promote in our downtown and on our waterfront?

    There will also be discussion concerning the proposed Seaport Landing.

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  • Historical Seaport to Make “Major Announcement” This Month

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority will make a major announcement regarding the future of the Seaport Landing project at the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” event this month. Seaport Landing is the tall ship maintenance facility and tourism destination planned in South Aberdeen on the Chehalis River. The public waterfront facility will be the permanent home port of the Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of the Washington, and Hawaiian Chieftain. And it will be a regional heritage tourism hub serving communities on Washington State’s Pacific Coast.


    Details of the announcement will be made available at the After Hours event scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 9 at the Historical Seaport’s headquarters, 712 Hagara St., Junction City.


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