Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days

August 8-17, 2014

Alexandria Bay is the proud home of the Famous “Bill Johnstons Pirate Days.” There are 10 days filled with family fun and special events. Our sword-fighting group, known as the ‘Tales from Remikreh,’ will be performing throughout the Village streets and at various Route 12 locations. Be sure to stop by and visit the Entertainment tent for a list of activities planned for that day.

Bill Johnston was a renegade after the Patriots War, who blew up the British steamer, Sir Robert Peel, hid among the 1000 Islands, and was hunted by both U.S. and Canadian authorities. The annual Bill Johnston’s Pirates Days celebration commemorates some of his exploits. Fill your senses with the sound and spectacle when pirate ships attack the village from the St. Lawrence River, as the brave villagers try to stave them off. The air is filled with smoke and the sound of musket fire and cannon, and eventually the villagers succumb as the pirates invade the town. After the Mayor turns over the key to the village to the invading marauders, everyone becomes a pirate.

The Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce, through the hard work of our members; sponsor all of the above events. You are invited to join in the spirit of Pirate Days and dress as a Pirate, Patriot, or Indian when attending any or all of these events. All times are subject to change. Please check the Event Board at the Entertainment Tent or at the Chamber Office at (315) 482-9531. A band of Sword Fighting Pirates will be available during all 10 days at most events listed for photo opportunities. The Tales from Remikreh group will be throughout the Village so BEWARE! Please see the schedule at the Entertainment Tent for specific locations and times.  Check out local merchants for sales of event flags. Most events are free and for the enjoyment of the public.

Full Schedule of Events

UPDATED Wednesday, August 13th

Schedule is subject to change!  Be sure to watch for any additional activities

 

Wednesday, August 13:  10:00am….Little Pirate Adventure Cruise….Uncle Sam Boat Tours
11:00am….Pirate Crafts with Tales of Remikreh…Scenic View Park Pavilion
12:00pm…Take time to enjoy lunch and shopping throughout downtown
1:00pm….Archaic Weapons Demonstration…Tales of Remikreh
2:00pm…Pirate Story Time…Entertainment Tent
3:15pm….Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh….Uncle Sam Boat Tours
4:30pm…Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh….Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza
5:00pm…Knight Magic & Balloons…strolling James Street

7:00pm…FREE Concert in the Park….Scenic View Park Pavilion

Thursday, August 14:  10:00am….Little Pirate Adventure Cruise…Uncle Sam Boat Tours
11:00am….Pirate Tournament with Tales of Remikreh…Scenic View Park Pavilion
12:00pm…Take time to enjoy lunch and shopping throughout downtown
12:00pm…Knight Magic & Balloons…strolling James Street

1:00pm….Archaic Weapons Demonstration…Tales of Remikreh…Scenic View Park Pavilion
2:00pm….Pirate Story Time….Tales of Remikreh….Entertainment Tent
3:15pm….Pirate Skit…Tales of Remikreh…Uncle Sam Boat Tours
4:30pm….Pirate Skit…Tales of Remikreh….Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza
5:00pm…”Pirate Festival” at the Thousand Islands Winery!!!  Wine Tasting and live entertainment by the Bad Husbands Club!  $5 per person entrance fee (adults); $4 per person (ages 13-20; seniors or military); children 12 & under are FREE
8:30pm…Fire Majick…Experience the Fire/Feel The Magick!!!!!  Professional Fire & LED Glow Entertainment…on the patio at the Homestead/The Spot Restaurant located on James Street towards Uncle Sam Boat Tours

Friday, August 15:  10:00am…Little Pirate Adventure Cruise….Uncle Sam Boat Tours
                                   11:00am….First Mates Competition…Tales of Remikreh…Scenic View Park Pavilion
                                   12:00pm…Take time to enjoy lunch & shopping throughout downtown
                                    1:00pm….Reptile Exhibition…Entertainment Tent
                                    1:30pm….Archaic Weapons Demonstration by Tales of Remikreh…Scenic View Park Pavilion
                                    3:15pm….Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh…Uncle Sam Boat Tours
                                    4:30pm…Pirate Skit by Tales of Remikreh….Cavallario’s Bayside Pizza
                                    8:00pm…Block Dance featuring “Tough Luck”…James Street between Skiffs and Downtown @ 11 James

Saturday, August 16:  10:00am…Children’s Boats & Treasure Chest Crafts…Scenic View Park Pavilion
                                        11:30am…Children’s Parade Line-up…Scenic View Park
                                        11:45am…Children’s Parade through downtown
                                         1:15pm….Capture of the Pirate Scouting Party…Uncle Sam Boat Tours
                                         2:00pm…Pirate Invasion
7:00pm…Make a Pirate Hat…Bay House Artisans…James Street

Sunday, August 17:  11:00am…Live Drill & Demonstration by the Brockville Infantry
                                      2:00pm…Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days Grand Parade (winners announced after the parade)