For Immediate Release
June 20 Summer Solstice Features Pirates, Parrots,
Swashbucklers & Scalawags in West Linn's Willamette
Historic Willamette:A Main Street Community presents its pirate-themed June 20, Summer Solstice
celebration to kick off West Linn's 2012 Wednesday Farmers Market. Mingle with swashbuckling
pirates and parrots, shop the sidewalk sales, play in Game Shire, watch the dragon puppet theater,
enjoy the musical talent of local youngsters and welcome summer bounty with the camaraderie of an
old time Elizabethan market.
Master of ceremonies and historic conjurer Danny Schreiber will start festivities with a magic show at 5 pm followed by introduction of a group of talented young singers -many fresh from performing in Pirates of Penzance - from Stagecoach Theater Arts of Lake Oswego
Local singing group Time After Time will make an appearance and then at 6 pm, for the
first time ever, BilgeRats & Pyrettes, the official band of The Porland Pirate Festival will launch musical mayhem in West Linn with songs of the high seas.
The pirates will yield the stage to the Bridgetown Morris Men Their high-steppin', high jinx were a hit last year, especially when they retired to B.J.Willy’s for an
impromptu sing along after the celebration. Throughout the night, Dragon Theater puppets will
perform, and aspiring young swashbucklers can storm the castle at Game Shire sponsored by Play2Grow Developmental Therapy. Activities
include pirate-themed safe-sword play and a walk the plank balance game.
Young people are a focus of the celebration with youthful, local performers.The event poster was designed by West Linn high school graphic arts student Meghan Marth.Youngsters from local churches provide volunteer help.
Historic Willamette: A Main Street community is located along Willamette Falls Drive, at Exit 6
off I-205. The organization is comprised of neighbors and merchants dedicated to preserving the
ambience of West Linn's historic district. Solstice sponsors include: West Linn Albertsons, West
Linn Les Schwab, Allium Bistro, Active Edge, B.J. Willy's, Little Door, Sport Eyes, Oregon Dogs, Inc.,
Pacific West Bank, the Willamette General Store and Willamette Neighborhood Association.
Meanwhile, Farmers Market manager Miles McCoy promises an abundant summer every Wednesday
through September 19th. It is a good spring for growing, he says, with plenty of produce and more
growers in the market. Look for spring crops like lettuces, spinach, mustards and kales, onions,
radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, peas.and start of summer crops like squash, cucumbers, hydroponic
tomatoes, and peppers. The market also has many returning vendors supplying berries and all the
seasonal fruits. The food court is also expanding with a fresh, grilled sandwich and a oriental noodles
vendor, with almost everyone back from last year.
For more information about Farmers Market: 971-207-0267.