The Friends of Fort Knox have announced the 2010 special event schedule for the Fort Knox State Historic site. The events begin the Fourth of July weekend with a Civil War cannon-firing demonstration and conclude with the Friends’ Halloween event known as Fright at the Fort. The schedule includes popular annual events such as the Scottish bagpipe bands tattoo, pirate day, paranormal/psychic faire, medieval tournament, moonlight viewing from the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, granite-cutting demonstration, archaeology field school and Civil War reenactment. New to the schedule this year are a presentation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet: and ghost tours of Fort Knox.

The Friends of Fort Knox is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Fort Knox and enhancing its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine. Fort Knox is owned and managed by The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands on behalf of the people of Maine. Individuals who would like additional information on the Friends of Fort Knox or special events may visit the organization’s web site at fortknox.maineguide.com.

Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 6th Maine Battery Cannon Firings A full-scale Civil War-era Parrot cannon firing demonstration will take place throughout the day. This cannon is the real deal and will provide some explosive excitement for all who visit.

Saturday, July 10, Scottish Tattoo 2010, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This popular annual event is back, featuring traditional Scottish bagpipers, precision marching bands and a patriotic salute to America. Tickets for the event are $10 per person, $5 for children 12 and under. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Fort Knox gift shop or by calling 469-6553.

Saturday, July 17 (rain date 7/18), Pirate Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join the professional Pirates of the Dark Rose for a day of swashbuckling sword fights, duels, cannon fire and pirate ship attack. The pirate ship Must Roos will let loose cannon fire on the Fort as she sails the waters of the Penobscot River, in search of booty. The festival will feature a treasure hunt, pirate parade (all are encouraged to attend dressed in your best pirate attire), best-dressed and most authentic-sounding pirate contests. Regular Fort admission and a $3 per person event donation requested, because pirates love their gold! Those planning to spend the day may want to bring a lunch.

Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25, The Battle at Fort Knox Civil War reenactment featuring the 20th Maine Company ‘B’, 15th Alabama Company ‘G’, several ships, five cannon, other reenacting groups and held in conjunction with the Bucksport Chamber of Commerce Bucksport Bay Festival. This year’s reenactment will be the largest in recent memory and will feature an amphibious landing by attacking Confederate troops. Miss Rose, 20th Maine and 15th Alabama re-enactors are organizing the event.

July 31 and Aug. 1, Paranormal/Psychic Faire, Saturday and Sunday: Meet with people who believe in things unusual. This unique event features renowned cryptozoologist and author Loren Coleman (often seen on the History and Travel channels), psychics, ghost hunters, UFOlogists and dowsers. Regular Fort admission and a $2 event donation requested.

Friday/Saturday, Aug. 6 and 7, 6 p.m. Shakespeare comes to Fort Knox featuring “Romeo and Juliet,” performed by Ten Bucks Theatre Troupe. Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, per performance. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Fort Knox gift shop, by telephoning 469-6553 or by e-mailing FOFK1@aol.com.

Aug. 2-6, Monday through Friday Archaeological Field School The field school will focus on a foundation of one of the out buildings of unknown use present during the construction phase of Fort Knox. The field school will offer students hands-on excavation techniques accompanied by classroom sessions that will include an introduction to historical archeology, evolution of U.S. Seacoast defenses and the construction and history of Fort Knox. Minimum age 16. Students must make their own arrangements for room and board.

Saturday, Aug. 14, 7-10 p.m, Ghosts of Fort Knox Guided Tours. Join the Bangor Ghost trackers on a guided tour of Fort Knox in search of ghosts and paranormal phenomena. There will be hourly tours and limited capacity. Those interested in going on a ghost tour are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance by contacting the Friends of Fort Knox at 469-6553. The cost of the tour is $10 per person.

Friday and Saturday, Aug. 20 and 21, 8-10:30 p.m. Moon viewing at the Penobscot Narrows Observatory $5 per person (all ages). Rain and/or clouds will result in cancellation. Call 469-6553 the evening of the event for recorded message if canceled.

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28 and 29, Granite-cutting demonstration. Come and view the skills that were used to create the architectural masterpiece known as Fort Knox.

Saturday, Sept. 11, The 8th Annual Medieval Tournament Knights will have armored combat, medieval music will be played, arts and science displays will be on hand and an archery demonstration will take place.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 6th Maine Battery Cannon Firings A full-scale Civil War era Parrot cannon firing demonstration will take place throughout the day. This cannon is the real deal and will provide some explosive excitement for all who visit.

Fridays and Saturdays Oct., 22 and 23 and 29 and 30, 5:30-9 p.m. Fright at the Fort 2010: Visitors are led through the dark passageways of Fort Knox where indescribable things lurk in the shadows, creating screams of fright. Admission is $5 per person and additional information on Fright at the Fort 2010 may be found on the fortknox.maineguide.com official Fright at the Fort Web site.