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BREAKING NEWS-Lubec attacked

Saturday August 31, 2013
Lubec, Maine



It’s just an ordinary Saturday morning and we are going to the farmer’s market.


But when we get to town at about 8:30, something more is going on.   We stop by the bakery to have a giant raspberry Danish.  There’s something unusual here.


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Upon closer inspection, she’s looking pretty saucy.  Hmmmmm

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There are lots of people in town.
All ages, all sizes. 
They are hurrying toward the pier.



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Pirates are hiding behind the stones at the top of the boat ramp.


They seem to have water bombs. 
Have they infiltrated the town? 
Are they friend or foe??


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Out in the water I see a dory sneaking up on the side.
  It appears there is a female spy waiting.
I saw her earlier this morning heading toward the dock.


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No one else notices this traitor. 
They are all gathered at the top of the hill above the harbor.


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Rumors are flying. A pending attack?


I’m told I should arm myself as other brave citizens have done.


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Is it rival pirate gangs? 
Or mercenaries for hire? 
How do you know who is on your side??? 
And who has been planted by the enemy??



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Out of the mist I see them coming.


A flotilla sailing straight toward Lubec.


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As they approach, our courageous citizens come down to meet the aggressors.


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I zoom in to see the blaggards. 
Apparently they are waiting for the entire fleet to arrive before storming our shores. 
All the better, it gives us more time to prepare.








Their leader is first on the dock




They charge toward the town, weapons blazing.



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Swords drawn, they come to take us down.





We attack back! 
HA!  Take that!!





We give as good as we get




We’re gaining the upper hand. 

Our troops have their pistols firing as the enemy points to their air support






DRAT - We are being attacked by sea AND air.





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But still our brave defenders have them on the run










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They fire back







Mayhem ensues, water everywhere. 
We are putting heart and soul into defending our town.


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Even our youngest troops are firing their weapons


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And then we hear them….roaring up.

We are attacked by land. 
They have come by sea, by air and now by land.









Try as we might, this triple attack is too much for us. 
They have over run the town.



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Will they raise their wicked flag??


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To the victors go the spoils and the thrill of Victory!







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Look at their villainous faces as they gleefully march into town. 
Some are parading their weapons and their booty.


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Clearly there are traitors among us, the very bakery we visited earlier in the morning is welcoming the enemy.


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Some of the brave defenders of Lubec.  First Mate Hook among them.


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This gallant fighter definitely has MOXIE!

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Now those are some fine fightin’ boots you have on ma’am.
Glad you are on our side.


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There are many lusty wenches on both sides


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The rogues challenge Lubecians AGAIN!


We are challenged to a duel. 
Those brave souls of our great fighters who remain must try to regain our honor.

The Pirate King is clearly confident.
But we’ll show him.


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It’s a tug of war for the title of most powerful.  All able hands on deck!!


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Our side tries with all its might


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But the heavy weight ballast on their end is just too much for us. 
Twice in one day they throw up their arms in victory. 
Alas and alack!



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The kingpin and his side kick will decide the final fate of the Lubec lightweights. 


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The price for not pulling your weight,
or even having enough weight, in the tug of war…….


Tug a War is not your game.

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And so ends the sad tale of our morning in  Lubec. 
Take heed.


They will be telling it ages and ages hence,
our brave battle for sweet Lubec


  1. OMG, that was the funnest blog post I've read in ages. Love the narrative! And one picture in particular had me laughing out loud.

    Well done!

  2. Oh my, what FUN!! Love how you got involved, and everyone hamming it up for your photojournalism. Love it!

  3. I love this post!!! The more winches the better!

  4. Oh Sherry, what a fun post!!! You are a champion story teller!

  5. Mayhem, villainy, scoundrels--what an experience. Loved your photos and lively narration. How fun to be a part of this colorful ritual!

  6. What a fun day and some great costumes, too. And you did a great job on this post.

  7. That was an excellent photo journal of that event-so authentic! And a great script too! Amazing costumes. The kids were adorable. So was the beagle. Neat event - that is no doubt annual. How fun :) Seems they have a superb time and everyone was part of the drama. Love it! Wonder who gets to be the enemy? Water guns and tug of war..a game of pretend for all ages. Awesome that you stumbled on that.

  8. What? No pictures of our meandering lusty wench? Drat!! :)

  9. Too funny! Looks like the town really gets into that event.

  10. What a great day. ..glad you were there for ALL THAT!

  11. Sherry,

    That was a riot and very well done! Who needs the Pirates of the Caribbean when you can tangle with the Pirates of Lubec?

    And what were the spoils that went to the victors? All the J-M-C??? :cD

  12. What......Attack by air??? That is a new one for pirates! What a fun day and a totally different change of pace. It is always fun to do something different once in a while. I say shake it up!!

  13. Great coverage of the event. Isn't it great to stumble onto these little gems as you travel?

  14. Oh darn! We missed it! We left Lubec on the 31 st! Now in Bangor till tomorrow AM.

  15. What an absolutely fun morning you must have had. The people of Lubec have a fine sense of humor.

  16. That was just great Sherry do you know what that event was called or know by and is it held the same time each year sure would be a blast to dress up for...You know I was a Capt. once ARRR...

  17. What a delightful surprise to find in town. Hope David got away with his head intact.

  18. I laughed all the way through. How wonderful! (I saw that you had to throw in a picture of a beagle, of course.) That really looks like so much fun and I'm so glad that you were there for the occasion/invasion.

  19. Glad you referenced this! how did I miss it... lying blog roll!

    WHAT FUN ....

  20. What, no Johnny Depp!? What a fun time, and to have stumbled upon it, just great!

  21. That was so much fun!!! What a riot...poor David he hasn't enough weight to put of a fair fight;o))

  22. I love this post - you really did the town proud to present such an exciting and fun filled account of the attack - an event that can be enjoyed at roughly the same time each year. I love the young gypsy pirate with the blond hair and the eye patch. Her chubby cheeks soften her serious stare.

  23. You should submit your account to the local paper! Great fun and super pictures. Looks like everyone had a blast. So sorry your Farmers Market visit was interrupted.


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