Monday, August 17, 2015

Shiver Me Timbers!

Ocracoke is getting ready for another pirate invasion, so chart your course for the island. Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree will be held October 30 - November 1.

This year the festivities will coincide with Halloween. In addition to Trick-or-Treat events for kids, the festival will include pirate re-enactors, buccaneer encampments, naval battles, sword fights, minstrel songs and sea chanteys, good food, and grog.

For more information click here:

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter tells the delightful story of the 19th century "Stovepipe Hat" wreck. It has been told for years in books & magazines, but it probably never happened. You can read the story (and my research) here:

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:43 PM

    If one is familiar with the book The Chalice and the Blade, ...."our cultural evolution was literally turned around...invaders...ushered in a very different form of social organization...these people worshiped "the lethal power of the blade" - the power to take rather than give life that is the ultimate power to establish and enforce domination." In the book, It addresses the subject of Cultural transformation and how a ...."logical alternative: that there can be societies in which difference is not necessarily equated with inferiority or superiority. ....The root of the problem lies in a social system in which the power of the blade is idealized--in which both men and women are taught to equate true masculinity with violence and dominance and to see men who do not conform to this ideal as "too soft" or "effeminate."

    Now on the subject of celebrating Pirates, legends and gypsies, tramps and thieves There are some schools of thought that see glorifying and celebrating Barbarians a misplaced ideal. Is it the thought that living on a sail boat, island hopping, watching the sunrise and sunset from a boat, swimming in the ocean daily, eating fresh produce and lots of fish that resonates with the 21st century populace? Is the dream of finding buried stolen goods in a rotting old chest.. If that is truly the reason wel,l then celebrate that-- Have a boat show/regatta...... Yes it goes back to the chaos that shifted everyone's perspective that the ..."life generating and nurturing powers of the universe- in our time symbolized by the ancient chalice or grail --was interrupted." You see, I just began to read the book and this bone to pick about pirates as a trope is oh so tropical er topical.