Yancey Covington, left, and Steve Whetzel, at the 2013 Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree on Ocracoke.

Steve Whetzel, who portrays Mantise Sevalle as a member of the Shadow Players, a stage combat group from Greenville, was recently featured in a New York Times sports story about the East Carolina University Pirates.
Whetzel, along with the entire troop of Players, will be part of the Second Annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree this coming Friday, Oct. 31 to Sunday, Nov. 2, on Ocracoke.   They will demonstrate swashbuckling sword fighting and combat. Experience up close and personal swordplay in an interactive show for the whole family. 
The kick off event “Meet the Pirates,” will start at 7 p.m. in the Ocracoke Community Center with a game show of myths and facts about Blackbeard, with Kevin Duffs as game-show host.  The rollicking Motley Tones will follow with a concert and sing-along at 8:30. $10 donation at the door also covers alcohol and other refreshments.
Saturday’s events start at 10 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m. village wide, and Sunday concludes with the annual remembrance of Blackbeard’s demise with the march to Springer’s Point, starting at 10 .m. at Blackbeard’s Lodge, then Lunch with the Pirates at noon in Howard’s Pub. Read the New York Times story about Steve Whetzel here
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/sports/ncaafootball/east-carolina-pirate-in-residence-is-a-fixture-at-home-games.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%222%22%3A%22RI%3A18%22%7D 

Steve Whetzel as Mantise Sevalle, a "pirate" with the Shadow Players Stage Combat Group, rings a chime for each of the fallen members of Blackbeard's crew during the memorial Sunday morning during Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree.

 

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Make your plans now to come to Ocracoke for this family-friendly weekend event kicking off Friday evening (well before Halloween revelry) in the newly refurbished Ocracoke Community Center.

The weather is looking good with fair seas! C’mon down.

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Book your rooms now for the Second Annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 on Ocracoke Island.
You won’t want to miss this fun, family-friendly event that starts Friday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Community Center where you can test your Blackbeard knowledge in a game show format about “myths and facts” about Blackbeard.  The Motley Tones will follow with musical performance of authentic sea shanties, sailor songs and more.  $10 donation at the door includes refreshments.
The fun continues all day Saturday throughout the village from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The weekend ends with the traditional march from Blackbeard’s Lodge to Springer’s Point where the pirates will remember the demise of Blackbeard and his crew just off shore, followed by Lunch with the pirates at noon at Howard’s Pub.
Explore the website for the detailed schedule, lodging, restaurants and more!

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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
A marketplace of seafaring fine arts, wares, hearty grub, jamboree T-shirts and the place to get your Festival Information and Maps
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 to 5 pm: Live Oak Beer Garden (across from Brigand’s Bazaar):  featuring craft beers by Heavy Seas Brewery, pirate swag, commemorative mugs, soft drinks and water – something for everyone!
11:30 am-7 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!”
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 at Teach’s Tavern
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 pmLunch with the pirates
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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Pirates to invade Ocracoke! Arrrggh you ready?

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    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 …

 

How to get to Ocracoke

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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 …

 

Ahoy! Ocracoke Island, NC, welcomes you to the second annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree

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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 …