Talk like a pirate day is Sept. 19

Savannah Chastain
As the owner of the Buccaneer Pirate Ship, Capt. Steve Wilson is no stranger to a pirate’s life.

Ahoy Mateys! Friday be International Talk like a Pirate Day and yer’d be a scallywag to be missin’ the jests and shenanigans.

Sept.19 will mark the third year The Buccaneer Pirate Cruise will be hosting the celebration for this informal holiday, with tons of fun for all ages.

 “Talk like a pirate day has been an unofficial holiday for years now,” said Office Manager Nicole Remele. “I found out about it when I was in college and then when we bought the Buccaneer I said, ‘Hey there is a holiday called Talk like a Pirate Day,’ so we did a small festival. It’s just a fun little holiday.”

Remele said that every year the festival has grown, and this year, the entire HarborWalk Village will be in on the fun.

“The first year we probably had about 20 kids, then last year about 50 or so,” said Remele. “We’re expecting there to be a much larger turnout this year, especially with it being on a Friday night, and the parents can enjoy some of the festivities as well.”

The festival will be free and offer activities beginning as early as 5 p.m.

“We will be giving tours of the ship starting around five, for kids to come out and explore the Buccaneer,” Remele said.

Other free activities will be offered throughout the evening from 6 p.m. into the night.

“There will be story telling with Captain Davy, a magic show, a treasure hunt, face painting and a wagon decorating contest and parade for the kids,” Remele said.

After being decorated, the wagons will be judged with the first place winner to be awarded with a birthday party aboard the Buccaneer Remele told The Log.

Also on tap for the pirate festivities are the mobile pirate museum put on by the William Augustus Bowels historical foundation and the band Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers. Plenty of pirates will be milling about the village for photo opportunities with the Billy Bowlegs crew and the Pirates on the Panhandle.

It be a night not to be fergetting so avast me heartie’s yo ho!