Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Festival 2010 - 14 Aug 10
Avast! Me Hearties! Buccaneers and landlubbers of all ages – Graybeard, Rock Hall’s legendary laid-back pirate, orator and leader of men, invites you back to Rock Hall, Md. for the Pearl of the Chesapeake’s THIRD swashbuckling extravaganza! Come by land or come by sea to the Town of Rock Hall on the Isle of Delmarva located on the Upper Chesapeake Bay for a two-day town wide theme party you will not forget! This is a wonderful opportunity to bring your boat – anchor out or raft up with your mates. There is plenty of anchorage, dockage and raft-up space available – as well as plenty of parking for those arriving by land. Rock Hall is less than a tank of gas from Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C and Northern Virginia.
Arrive early on Friday evening and join the Rum Tasting and Sea Shanty Sing Along at Bay Wolf Restaurant starting at 5:00 pm. Dine in at one of the many award-winning restaurants, settle in and enjoy the night’s live entertainment, or just relax under the stars. On Saturday, witness mayhem on Main Street with Queen Anne’s Arrival at 11:00 am, Pirate Encampment, street skirmishes, performers, music, merchants, and plenty of grub and grog! Take a stroll into the Oyster Court Village where you may find just the pirate garb you’ve looking for or maybe get an airbrush tattoo.
Follow Queen Anne through the town down to the harbor where the Decorated Dinghy Flotilla will embark at 12:30 pm followed by a race to the public beach. (The size of your dinghy doesn’t matter) This event will include a casting off party at the Harbor Shack Restaurant and a Caribbean-style beach party where participants will plunder the treasures of Graybeard on Rock Hall’s beach. Costumes are strongly encouraged and you may just win if you enter the Official Costume Contest on Main Street at 5:00 pm. (register by 4:30 pm) The best Dressed Pirate and Wench for 2010 will be chosen and will hold the title for one year! All weekend, the whole town will be in the pirate spirit as merchants, residents, re-enactors, musicians and other performers take you to the Golden Age of piracy on the high seas.
Some of the pirates offering up some music and mayhem will include The Brigands, Captain Thomas Flint, Inishowen, Lizard Creek, Pirates for Sail, Sea Rats Atlantic, Skullduggery Crew, The Pyrates Royale, The Salty Dogs, and Valhalla’s Pirates. Artisans, crafters, pirate tale-tellers and more will be invading the town. There will be plenty of grub and grog for all and public parking and transportation will make getting around safe and worry free.
On Saturday night, The Grand Buccaneer’s Ball will take place at Waterman’s Crab House where pirates will find music, contests, prizes and excellent crabs and seafood. Pirate attire is requested for the evening and trophies will be awarded for the best dressed king and queen at the ball. Graybeard’s look-a- like will be chosen and his giant treasure chest full of surprises will be given away.
The little scallywags will find much to do in the Kid’s Cove on Main Street with games, crafts, entertainment, treasure hunts, tattoos and more. On Sunday, be sure not to miss the town-wide treasure hunt, the kids and pet costume contest, and the live pirate encampment. If the pirates pick your choice for next year’s encampment name, you win! Experience Mayhem on Main Street and Oyster Court’s Village with music, merchants and grub and grog. Don’t forget to try out one of our award-winning eastern shore restaurants and/or eateries before you go. There will be fun all weekend for the whole family! As Graybeard says, “Nice pirates live here.”
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