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My Town: Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven Aug. 4-10
My Town: Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven Aug. 4-10

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loutit District Library (LDL) and Harbor Island will be the port of swashbuckling, piratical fun for the whole family as the eighth annual Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven Aug. 4-10.

With the theme, “Pirates through the Ages,” pirate re-enactors from historical to fantasy personas will come from around Michigan and the Midwest to entertain everyone, from young powder monkeys to seasoned buccaneers. New to this year’s festival is the Mermaid Queen with a group of her mermaids. This is the first performance for the mermaid group in Michigan.

The pillaging’ and plundering’ begins Aug. 4 at 9 a.m., when LDL opens. Kids are invited to pick up a treasure map from the chest located at the library’s youth services area. This treasure map will lead young pirates and their families around downtown Grand Haven in search of fortune. The full schedule of events can be found at http://www.michiganpiratefestival.com/mpf_003.htm.

Featured pirate guests this year will be Billie "Tiger Billie" Beach and his brother, Clint "M.A. d' Dogge" Beach. Billie was a New World Pirate in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean 3” and Mr. September "the Marooner" in the Dona Maitz 2011 calendar. Clint was a featured Guest Pirate Sous Chef on the Food Network's "Dinner Impossible: Pirate Peril." They are the pirate team known as “The Forsaken.”

The Michigan Pirate Festival is sponsored by the Brethren of the Great Lakes and LDL. Festival brochures may be picked up at the Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven during normal business hours; otherwise visit www.michiganpiratefestival.com or www.loutitlibrary.org.