Posted by: Blue Lou Logan | July 11, 2013

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival 2013


Life is good.

Life is good.

Day One, Thursday, July 4:  Fantasy Me.  Although the perpetual Mercer Mess makes getting to the CWB–and parking–interesting in new ways, “Pirate Lou” once again comes back to old boats and old friends.  The only big ship so far is the Zodiac, where a kitty is either tying knots or eating them on deck.  A MOST welcome change is that the beer garden is now on flat pavement between the Museum of History and Industry and the music stage–at last a proper set up, AND they open at 10:30 with me still maintaining my rep as first patron.  I listen to and later make friends with local band Piper Stock Hill, representing for Newfoundland.

Flags over the Zodiac

Flags over the Zodiac

Zodiac kitty

Zodiac kitty

At a little before 1:00, it’s storm and go, with a good crew in tow.  I whizz through Blackbeard, Bonny/Read, and John Paul Jones, wondering if I’m going too fast.  But, afterwards, back at the beer garden, the crew of the Arthur Foss assure me, “Don’t change a thing.”  Meanwhile, I catch up with Gomez and hand out a number of Logan business cards–perhaps a gig at Foss Waterway Seaport?  Knowing I have to be a workin’ man the next day, I keep my time relatively short, but not without this memorable exchange, another example of the joyful surprise of a child’s mind…  Me: “Does anyone have any questions about pirates?”  Kid:  “Are you a real pirate?”  Me:  “Well, hmm, let’s see.  I know how to sail.  I know how to use weapons.  I could be a real pirate.”  Kid:  “But…do you like rum?”

Adventuess' stern

Adventuress’ stern

Day Two, Saturday, July 6:  Hot Festival…which is really the third day, but as a wage earner I had to slave the Friday between holiday and weekend.  The Adventuress is now on the scene, having delivered the previous day 23 Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, and Sea Scouts with lots of pomp.  The pub opening has been pushed back to noon, and it’s HOT, or at least it is for a swag-bellied pirate carrying three flintlock pistols, a cutlass, and a dagger.  I make my rounds but take breaks at HQ in the boat house.  At the info tent I meet the new volunteer coordinator, Lara Schmidt, a fellow anthropologist who got two simultaneous Masters degrees.  Finally, it’s ale time.

Virginia V and the MOHAI's clock

Virginia V and the MOHAI’s clock

I’m prepared to shake things up with some Grace O’Malley, but the characters remain the same.  Best moment…  Me:  “Who can tell me what a pirate is?”  Kid:  “Pirates live in caves and hide things in caves and sometimes find things in caves.”  So, somewhere, are there pirates fighting for territory with the sasquatch community?

M/V Lotus

M/V Lotus

Day Three, Sunday, July 7:  Friends and Crew.  Zanne joins me and meets friends and acquaintances.  Better still, as the beer garden opens we are joined by fellow pirates Brad and Christine Carlsen, decked out and armed, and their dog Scallywag.  Now it’s a whole crew against the model boat tent.  Aboard the Foss, Brad and Scallywag block the starboard side and Christine is on the port side once all the audience is aboard, while Zanne takes pictures.  Third day always means I can just roll.  Best kid I label ‘the girl of the enthusiastic nature,’ who is seriously itchin’ for me to get to Blackbeard’s chopped off head.  My Festival time already ending well, it gets better as our merry band adjourns first to the beer garden and then down to the Dog & Pony Alehouse.  Anther gig?:  Enumclaw Highland Games, with Northwest Mercenaries!

Pirate tales under a blue sky.  Photo by Zanne.

Pirate tales under a blue sky. Photo by Zanne.

Brad Carlsen.  Photo by Zanne.

Brad Carlsen. Photo by Zanne.

Christine Carlsen.  Photo by Zanne.

Christine Carlsen. Photo by Zanne.

Thanks to my wife, my crew, all the fabulous people at the CWB, especially Aislynn and Dan, and ever and always my audience.  Pirate Story Time just keeps getting better, and, well, the CWB just keeps feeling more like home…

Courtesy of Northwest Seaport

Courtesy of Northwest Seaport

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