Essex, CT – AARRGH! If you are looking for a fun and lively way to let off a bit of winter steam, gather your crew and make plans to head out to the Privateers’ Bash on Saturday, March 2 at the Connecticut River Museum presented by Guilford Savings Bank and Gosling’s Rum. All are invited to come in costume and relive Riverfront history at the seventh annual Bash, a playful nod to the privateers who made their wealth by relieving foreign ships of their valuable cargo during the War of 1812. Grog, grub, music and dancing will fill the exhibit galleries from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The Sun Kings, a Caribbean party band, will create the vibe while Free Men of the Sea will sing chanteys and banter about. Savory bites will be provided in-part by Culinary Concerts, Gourmet Galley, La Cuisine Café & Market, and Coffee’s Country Market. Great treasure can be found with great prizes up for raffle plus booty awarded for best costumes. Presenting Sponsors for the event are Guilford Savings Bank and Gosling’s Rum. Benefactor Sponsors are Bogaert Construction Co. and Rachel Thomas Associates. Supporting Sponsors are Clark Group, McChesney Design, Reynolds’ Garage & Marine and Sound Rigging Services. Patron Sponsors include All Pro Automotive, Brown & Brown of CT/McCutcheon Burr & Sons, CCA Services, Drs. McAraw, Cantner & Cantner, Muir Electric, Pages, Inc,. River Valley Oil, Shore Discount Liquor and Tower Landscaping & Design.
A $50 Privateer ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, grog and one complimentary drink. Or take advantage of a two-ticket purchase deal and buy two Privateer tickets for just $80. A $75 Commodore ticket also includes hors d’oeuvres and grog plus an open bar. Net proceeds benefit the Connecticut River Museum. Tickets may be purchased by calling 860-767-8269, online at www.ctrivermuseum.org, or at the door on the evening of the event. The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street on the Essex waterfront. It is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to lead in the study, preservation and celebration of the cultural and natural heritage of the Connecticut River and its valley.