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The Suburbanite
  • Kicking off the Portage Lakes Pirate Days

  •  It all started last summer after Paul, Michele and Courtney Hunter came back from a weekend trip to Mosquito Lake with their friends, where they discovered a Pirate Day event.

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  • It all started last summer after Paul, Michele and Courtney Hunter came back from a weekend trip to Mosquito Lake with their friends, where they discovered a Pirate Day event. That day was so much fun, that with the help of Larry Hunter, president of the Friends of Portage Lakes State Park, they brought a charity treasure hunt to benefit Friends of Portage Lakes State Parks and the new Dog Park and Bird & Butterfly Trail to the Portage Lakes, and the event has slowly been gaining momentum ever since.
    Let the festivities begin July 15
    The Friends of Portage Lakes State Park have now teamed up with Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club to host yet another Pirate Days. The festivities kick off July 15 at Anthe’s from 6 to 11 p.m. with a Pirate Days Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction Extravaganza. In addition to the auction and raffle, a costume contest will be held, so put on your best eye patch and feathered hat for a chance to win a prize!
    Bisesi’s Bike-A-Thon, July 16
    The events continue the next day with Bisesi’s Bike-A-Thon, named after Bisesi’s Bicycle and Fitness Center, at the New State Park off Manchester Road.
    Pirate Flotilla and boat rides, July 17
    A Pirate Flotilla will be held on July 17, with yet another competition for the best decorated pirate ship. Additionally on this day, the Dragon Dream Team of Ohio will be giving boat rides at the beach at New State Park from 12 to 2 p.m. free of charge.
    Tours of the Portage Lakes, July 18-21
    From July 18-21, two-hour pontoon boat rides to tour the Portage Lakes will be sailing from various restaurants around the area from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets for these rides are $20 a piece and have limited spots.
    Party Lake a Pirate Night, July 22
    Following that, July 22 is officially Party Like a Pirate Night around Portage Lakes, and all are welcome to host their own party or join others at a number of the fabulous establishments around town.
    July 23, full of events
    The day of July 23 is packed full of events. It all begins at 8 a.m. with the Pirate Days 5K Run/Walk sponsored by the Friends of the Portage Lakes State Park. Following that event is a disc golf tournament also at the Portage Lakes State Park at 10 a.m. Finally, the Akron Astronomy Club is opening up the Portage Lakes Observatory for a close-up view of the solar system. This educational and fun event is for all ages and begins at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.
    Pirate Days ends July 24
    This final day starts off with a Canoe/Kayak Poker Run at the beach at Portage Lakes State Park. Registration for this event is $30 and begins July 15 at Sandy Beach Marina. Cash prizes will be rewarded but will be determined by the number of participants. A pirate-themed sailboat regatta will also be held at 10 a.m. at the Portage Lakes.
    Page 2 of 2 - Admission to view these boats and enjoy the relaxing day is free. Finally, a Great Pirate Treasure Hunt will take place around the Portage Lakes State Park. Of course, to be able to find the treasures, you will need a pirate map, which will be available for $15 from the Friends of Portage Lakes. From 12 to 6 p.m., food will be available at the Tudor House.
    For information and updates log on to the websites for any of the following organizations: Portage Lakes Kiwanis, Portage Lakes Advisory Council, Friends of Portage Lakes State Park or Portage Lakes Navigator. You can also call Larry Hunter at 330-644-1540.?