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Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree to kick off Friday

Pirate Fest 2014

Blackbeard Pirate Jamboree events kick off Friday night Oct. 30) in the Ocracoke Community Center with “Blackbeard Revisited,” a talk by historian Kevin Duffus on his new research on the infamous pirate, followed by the Pirate Follies, rollicking skits and tall tales by the visiting pirate crews. Above, Kevin Duffus demystifies some of the Blackbeard myths at last year’s kickoff.

Schedule of events included below.

The Third Annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree kicks off this weekend, Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 as pirates of all kinds will invade Ocracoke. The island has authentic Blackbeard history as the brigand was slain here Nov. 22, 1718, off Springer’s Point.  For lodging information, visit www.ocracokevillage.com.

The centerpiece of the Jamboree is a historically accurate pirate encampment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, by Blackbeard’s Pirate Crew–an 18-member living history organization from Hampton, Va., on the grounds of the historic Berkley Manor.

Brigands’ Bazaar, a marketplace of piratical wares, will be on the grounds of the Wahab House, across from SmacNally’s, which is one of the event beer gardens.

Below is the schedule of the weekend’s events. Although Saturday’s weather is supposed to be fair, the schedule is always subject to change due to weather.

Friday, Oct. 30 – Meet the Pirates!

Join us for an evening with the pirates! Beer, wine, and refreshments available for purchase.

Location: Ocracoke Community Center Admission $5; 7 to 10 pm 

 7:15 pm: “Blackbeard: Revisited” Kevin Duffus, North Carolina’s Historian of the Year, updates on his stunning new research on the ever evolving story of Black Beard and his Crew. 

7:30 pm: “The Pirate Follies!”

Laugh until you cry as the Pirate Crews compete against one another with rollicking skits, stories, and tall tales. You get to be the judge as there can only be one winner!

9 pm: The Motley Tones: rollicking good music and fun

Your piracy education continues with the Motley Tones. Hailing from the famous sea port of Raleigh, their harmonious renditions of songs of love, and travel and the sea will help set the mood for the fabulous weekend of piracy ahead.  

Saturday, Oct. 31 – A whole day and night of fun! Yo ho!

Daytime events are located around historic Silver Lake Harbor. Rain locations TBD

10 am-5 pm: Festival Information, maps, and festival T-shirts at Community Square

10 amThe King’s Rangers muster!

Location: The King’s Rangers Encampment at Wahab House dockside

10 am-5 pm: The Pirate Encampment at The Berkley Manor :

 See what life was really like during the 18th Century: Living history exhibits, tavern games and pirate skits. Also, one of the largest private collections of historical pirate artifacts.

Location: The Pirate Encampment Berkley Manor yard

10 am to 5 pm: Militia encampment — Interactive living history exhibits 

 10 am to 5 pm: Brigands’ Bazaar at the Wahab House 

 A marketplace of seafaring fine arts and wares.

 11 am-5 pm: View the Pirate Ships:

“The Meka II,” “The Ada Mae” and a Coast Guard cutter at the NPS docks; “The Ranger” at the Wahab House docks 

11 am : The Shadow Players 

Swashbuckling excitement with the Shadow Players Stage Combat Group….Swords! Whips! Laughter! Experience up close and personal swordplay in an interactive show for the whole family!

Location: Community Square

11 am-5 pm: Roving 18th-century minstrels, pirates and street vendors 

Just as it was in the 18th Century- you might see the Oyster Lady or the Fishmonger hawking their wares while song breaks out down the street. Beware if you’re wearing your pirate gear; the militia will be hunting escaped pirates!

11:30 am-5 pm: The Pirate Encampment Beer Garden, sponsored by SmacNally’s:

Enjoy Good food and Libations at SmacNally’s, across from the Wahab House. There’ll be pirates about! 

11:30 am: Meet Black Beard!

It’s only fair that he gets to tell his side of the story! Plus, swordplay and fun.

Location: Community Store porch

Noon: “What Was Blackbeard Doing at Ocracoke?” Author and Historian, Kevin Duffus

When the notorious Blackbeard, arguably the world’s most famous pirate, was cornered and killed near Ocracoke’s Springer’s Point, he was in the company of just 20 men and the only treasure found in his possession was some sugar, cocoa, cotton, and a mysterious letter. It was late November and winter was approaching rapidly. Why was Blackbeard lingering at Ocracoke? What was he waiting for? Blackbeard historian Kevin Duffus answers these questions and more. 

Location: Community Store porch in Community Square

1 pm: The Battle at Ocracoke! 

NC historian Kevin Duffus will give a play-by-play of the three-ship Battle of Ocracoke between Blackbeard and Lt. Robert Maynard at 1 p.m. Saturday on Silver Lake harbor.

NC historian Kevin Duffus will give a play-by-play of the three-ship Battle of Ocracoke between Blackbeard and Lt. Robert Maynard at 1 p.m. Saturday on Silver Lake harbor.

At 1:00pm, Saturday, see for yourself the fierce ship to ship Battle of Ocracoke that determined Black Beard’s final fate. Cannons roar as three ships re-create that fateful day

Location: Great views all around Silver Lake and NPS docks

2:30 pm : Scallywag School for Kids — for aspiring Young Pirates!

A chance for your kids to channel their “inner Pirate,” with 18th-century seamanship demonstrations, 18th-century games, and naval weapons and tactics.

Location: Pirate Encampment: Berkley Manor yard

3 pm: The Motley Tones:

 Fun for the whole family! The Motley Tones will delight you with their dulcet harmonies and witty piratical humor. Sea shanties, pub songs, love songs and sailor songs—they carry out an oral historical tradition of telling stories through song up and down the East coast.

Location: Community Square

3 pm: Pirate Craft Fun!

Come create fun pirate crafts on the front porch of the Ocracoke Preservation Society. Stop by for a chance to see Ocracoke Island’s rich history

Location: Ocracoke Preservation Society, 49 Water Plant Rd.

3 to 5 pm Ocracoke Village Trick or Treat!

Visiting children are welcome to don their costumes and join the local young’uns for the island traditional Trick or Treat trek around the Lighthouse Road loop. And yes, it’s really that early and will be completely over by dark. Ask for more information at the Pirate Jamboree Information Tent in Community Square.

5 pm: The Shadow Players, Sponsored by the Ocracoke Oyster Company:

Swashbuckling excitement with the Shadow Players Stage Combat Group….Swords! Whips! Laughter! Experience up close and personal swordplay in an interactive show for the whole family!

Location: The Ocracoke Oyster Company

The Shadow Players will demonstrate stage combat at 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocracoke Oyster Co.

The Shadow Players will demonstrate stage combat at 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocracoke Oyster Co.

6-9 pm: The Bawdy Beer Garden, Sponsored by the Ocracoke Oyster Company:

Relax, kick back, and enjoy some great beer and be entertained by the Motley Tones and pirate friends. A vivacious and informal round-robin exchange of bawdy songs that date back hundreds of years is sure to make you blush. This show is rated “I” for “innuendo,” which is PG-17 for you 21st-century types. So, put the little scallywags to bed first!

Location: The Ocracoke Oyster Company

Sunday, Nov. 1

10 am – Noon: Springer’s Point Memorial Service for those killed in Blackbeard’s Last Battle

Join with us as the pirate and militia crews march to beautiful Springer’s Point to honor those who perished on that fateful day. The militia’s cannons will kick off the march as we head to Springer’s Point. Please feel free to join in at any point along the route. At Springer’s Point, listen as the eulogy is read and the hymns are sung. Watch as the wreath is laid on the sea, while the pirate ships fire a cannon salute from just off-shore.

Location: Start the march at the pirate encampment, Berkley Manor

Noon-1:30 pm: The Pirate Lunch

Join us in closing out the Festival at a rousing brunch with the Pirates. Your chance to sit down with our pirate crews and enjoy a great meal. Don’t forget to save a seat for a Pirate!

Location: Howard’s Pub

Pirate Jam 2014

The Pirate Lunch at Howard’s Pub will be at noon Sunday, Nov. 1