July 4, 2022

Spirits and Riverfront History at Fifth Annual Privateers Bash

Free Men of the Sea will lend their spirited voices to the 5th Annual Privateers Bash at the Connecticut River Museum where music, drinks, food, and fun will served up on Saturday, April 2 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. (photo courtesy of Kim Tyler Photography)

Essex, CT – If you’ve always wanted to party like a pirate, look no further than the Privateers Bash happening on Saturday, April 2 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.

All are invited to come in costume and relive Riverfront history at the fifth 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.  Live music and dancing will fill the exhibit galleries while a pig roast by Big Daddy’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q, hors d’oeuvres provided by local caterers, rum punch, grog, and a premium rum tasting will satisfy the palette. 

There won’t be a shortage of treasure, either, with chances to win products and services donated by local organizations and prizes award for best costumes. Proceeds benefit the Connecticut River Museum.

A $50 Privateer ticket includes food, grog, rum punch, and a $5 coin good toward a cash bar drink, premium rum tasting or treasure chance. A $75 Commodore ticket also includes premium rum tasting and an open bar while a $250 Patron receives two Commodore tickets, 4 treasure chances, and a $100 tax deduction.  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.