The Scottish Tattoo gathering of four marching bands at historic Fort Knox, originally scheduled for Saturday evening, July 10, has been been postponed due to weather concerns. The day’s forecast calls for thunder and lightning.

The annual event is cosponsored by the Friends of Fort Knox and the St. Andrews Society of Maine, which made the decision Friday morning. Set to perform had been the Blue Hill Ceilidh Band, Rocky Bay Pipes & Drums, Anah Highlanders and Dunlap Highland Pipe Band.

Next up at Fort Knox, pirates will invade Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pirate Day will feature an attack on the fort by a pirate ship, cannons, sword fighting, treasure hunts, best-dressed pirate costume and best-sounding pirate contests. New this year will be the chance to take an hour-long ride on the Must Roos pirate ship for $20. The ship can carry a maximum of six passengers and will make three separate trips at 3, 4 and 5 p.m., departing from the Bucksport town dock. People interested in booking a spot are encouraged to buy tickets in advance by calling the Friends of Fort Knox at 469-6553 or stopping by the gift shop.

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. The Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands manages Fort Knox on behalf of the people of Maine. For more information about the Friends and other special events, visit

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