Friday
7-10 pm: Meet The Pirates! Ahar!
Join us for an evening with the Pirates. There will music, fun and the chance to test your pirate knowledge against the experts!  Beer, wine and refreshments provided.
7:30 pm: “Blackbeard: Fact or Fiction”
A jolly game show led by historian Kevin Duffus with two competing teams of four people. Contestants will be chosen from the audience. Historical (or hysterical) statements about Blackbeard from actual published accounts will be presented and then the teams will decide if the statements are fact or fiction. The winners will win something, if there are winners.
8:30 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, NC, they have no shortage of seafaring and piracy songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s.  Well, the 1760s, 1770s and 1780s.  Their harmonious renditions of songs of love, and travel and the sea will help set the mood for the fabulous weekend of piracy ahead.  Don’t be shy—you will want to sing and laugh along.  And if not, in the true spirit of piracy, they are sure to insist on it!
    *Location: the Community Center. A $10.00 donation for the Festival taken at the door
Saturday
10 am: The Pirates Invade the Encampment!
Watch as Blackbeard and his ships attack Ocracoke with cannons blazing. Our valiant Militia fights back with their own battery of cannons. But who can stop this horde of pirates…?Location:  Silver Lake and the Wahab House. Great viewing from the NPS Docks
10 am-5 pm: The Pirate Encampment at The Wahab House
See what life was really like during the 18th Century – Living history exhibits, tavern games and pirate skits. Displays will include:
1)      Shipboard medicine and health
2)      Naval weapons
3)      Seamanship and Navigation: Rigging, knots, etc.
4)      Pirate society and sociology
5)      Period Cooking
10 am-5 pm:  Militia Encampment — Interactive Living History exhibits:
1)      18th century beehive oven
2)      Rope Spinning
3)      Boarding drills: Pike, Cutlass and Cannon.
4)      Knot tying.
Location:  Militia Encampment: Wahab House
10 am-5 pm: Brigand’s Bazaar at the Community Square and the Live Oak Beer Garden
Brigand’s Bazaar:
A marketplace of seafaring fine arts, wares, hearty grub, jamboree T-shirts and the place to get your Festival Information and Maps
Live Oak Beer Garden:
 featuring craft beers by Heavy Seas Brewery, pirate swag, commemorative mugs, soft drinks and water – something for everyone!
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-5 pm: Roving 18th Century Minstrels, Pirates and Street Vendors
Just as it was in the 18th Century- don’t be surprised if you see The Oyster Lady or the Fishmonger hawking their wares; or if a song breaks out down the street….
11:30 am-5 pm: Teach’s Tavern
Here you will find cafe tables and seating nestled under the live oaks where you can relax and take in the entertainment.  Also featuring craft beers by Heavy Seas Brewery, pirate swag, commemorative mugs, soft drinks and waters
Location:  Books to be Red Stage
11:30 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:  Books to be Red Stage
Noon : Meet Black Beard!
It’s only fair that he gets to tell his side of the story! Plus, Sword play and Fun
Location:  Books to be Red Stage
1 pm : 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:  Books to be Red Stage
1:30 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.  A great chance to interact with the Pirates!
Location:  Pirate Encampment: Wahab House
1:45 pm : The Motley Tones
 Fun for the whole family! The Motley Tones will delight you with their dulcet harmonies and witty piratical humor.  Sea chanteys, 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.  Back on Ocracoke by popular demand, you will not want to miss these motley singing pirates!
Location: Books to be Red Stage
2 pmPirate 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
3 pm: The Battle at Ocracoke!
In the morning calm the mist begins to clear and the lookout reports to Blackbeard aboard his sloop ADVENTURE.  “Captain, I sees two strange sloops makin’ thar way t’ our position.  Ahar!”
At 3 pm, 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 Viewing all around Silver Lake and NPS Docks
5 pm: 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:  Books to be Red Stage
6 pm:  The Bawdy Beer Garden
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:  Books to be Red Stage
Sunday
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, Nov. 22, 1818. 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 Blackbeard’s Lodge to Springer’s Point
Noon – 1:30 pmThe 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 at Howard’s Pub. Don’t forget to save a seat for a Pirate! But you may need to show them what the ketchup bottle is for……
Location:  Howard’s Pub

Locations of events:
The Wahab House, 161 Irvin Garrish Highway
Community Center, 1015 Irvin Garrish Highway
Live Oak Beer Garden, 305 Irvin Garrish Highway (across from Community Square)
Springer’s Point Nature Preserve, end of Lighthouse Road
Books to be Red, School Road
Public Parking: National Park Service parking lot, 4352 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke Preservation Society, 49 Water Plant Road
Blackbeard’s Lodge, 111 Back Road
Howard’s Pub, 1175 Irvin Garrish Highway

 

 

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A historic marker near the National Park Service docks authenticates Blackbeard's demise on Ocracoke.

 

 
The real Blackbeard will be revealed but the popular myth will be in full display at the First Annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree on Ocracoke Island, N.C., Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2014.

Ocracoke was a favorite hiding place of Edward Teach, or, Blackbeard.  This is where Lt. Robert Maynard finally located the pirate in 1718. After a ship-board battle of swords, Maynard severed the pirate’s head then took it to Hampton, Va., on the bowsprit his boat.
“We are really excited about this second event after a very successful first year in 2013,” notesDaphne Bennink, owner of The Back Porch and chair the event.  “We’ve had an overwhelming response from the pirate community and local businesses.”
Various pirate reenactors are gearing up to travel to Ocracoke because of the historical significance here for Blackbeard.
“The pirates are excited about coming here because this is a place with authentic Blackbeard history,” says Chip Stevens, owner of Blackbeard’s Lodge and one of the event organizers.
Event-goers will hear information that may change their perception about the nefarious pirate.
Historian-author Kevin Duffus of Raleigh, who has spent years researching the real Blackbeard, will share “myths and facts” during the weekend.
“Blackbeard’s history has been badly distorted,” explains the author of “The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate.”   His game show-format presentation will kick off the event Friday evening at 7 in the Ocracoke Community Center where attendees can also meet the pirates.
Local business owners are looking forward to the fun.
“This is one of the best family events we’ve had in a long time that celebrates history,” says Sue Pentz, co-owner of the Harborside Motel in the heart of the village and the pirate action. “Last year it was great for everybody. It’s a fun event for all ages.”

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To get to Ocracoke by car you need to ride the ferry from either Hatteras, Swan Quarter or Cedar Island.  The Hatteras ferry is free and crossing take about 1 hour.
The Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries charge a $15 fee each way and reservations are strongly suggested either online at www.ncdot.gov/ferry, or by calling: 1-800-BYFERRY.
The current ferry schedule for early fall are here:

http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf

THIS SCHEDULE WILL CHANGE AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER. Please check back at this site for the October-November ferry schedule.
If you have a private small plane, the Ocracoke airport is open during daylight hours.
By your own boat, there is dockage available at the Anchorage Marina and the National Park Service docks.

 

 

 

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Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2014
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Chart your course to beautiful Ocracoke Island for the Second Annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree and a weekend of swashbuckling fun Oct 31 to Nov. 2. Proud of its rich pirate heritage, the island will celebrate the last days of Blackbeard.
The event kicks off Friday evening Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Ocracoke Community Center where visitors can “meet the pirates,” have a swig of grog and join in “Blackbeard: Fact or Fiction: A Test of Piratical Knowledge” in a game-show format with author-historian Kevin Duffus.
The centerpiece of the Jamboree is a historically accurate pirate encampment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, by Blackbeard’s Pirate Crew, an 18-member living history organization from Hampton, VA., on the grounds of the historic Wahab House, 161 Irvin Garrish Highway.  Dressed in authentic clothing from the 17th and early 18th centuries, pirates will engage visitors with storytelling, sea chanteys, navigation, seamanship, medicine and more. Kids of all ages can attend the “Scallywag School,” offered two times during day.
Visitors will see demonstrations of vintage black powder weapons and partake in hearty seafarers’ grub and grog.
Throughout the day in several locations in the village, there will be sword fights, roving minstrels, historical talks and more for all ages.
The main event will be the re-enactment of “The Battle at Ocracoke,” taking place at 3 p.m. on the island’s beautiful harbor, Silver Lake. Three ships will re-create the last hours of Blackbeard and his crew as Lt. Robert Maynard brings them to battle with cannons blazing.
Among the professional pirate crews attending will be Sinbad in his Meka II, historic skipjack the Ada Mae, the Shadow Players, the Beaufort Oars in their sloop The Ranger, the Motley Tones minstrels and Chris Suttle as Blackbeard.
A “Brigand’s Bazaar” in Community Square will feature pirate-themed wares for sale–books about Blackbeard, clothing, artwork, pottery and more.
Public parking is available at the NPS Visitors lot at the south end of the island, 4352 Irvin Garrish Highway.  Public restrooms are available at the NPS Visitor’s Center and in Community Square.
Sunday, Nov. 2, will conclude with the pirate march at 10 a.m. to Springer’s Point for a ceremony commemorating the fall of Blackbeard offshore on Nov. 22, 1718.  Pirates and visitors gather outside Blackbeard’s Lodge for the march to the water’s edge.
All visitors are encouraged to get in touch with their inner pirate and wear their best pirate gear.
This is an annual event, on the last weekend in October, leading to the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s demise in 2018.
For more information, contact 252-928-3421, or email info@blackbeardslodge.com.  Updates will be posted on the website www.piratejamboree.com and the Facebook page: Ocracoke/Hatteras Pirate Jamboree.

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