2015 Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree

Blackbeard fights off an attack by Lt. Robert Maynard at the 2014 Battle of Silver Lake.

Blackbeard fights off an attack by Lt. Robert Maynard at the 2014 Battle of Silver Lake.

Sept. 7, 2015

This year’s Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree on Ocracoke Island will be Halloween weekend–Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.

This is a family-friendly event with lots of swashbuckling fun both on land and on the water!

Make this your family’s Halloween destination.  Bring the kids and your costumes. Lots of fun events are in the works.

Friday evening Oct. 30
The event kicks off Friday evening Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Ocracoke Community Center where visitors can “meet the pirates,” have a swig of grog and join in “Pirate Follies” along with author-historian Kevin Duffus.

Halloween Day, Oct. 31, will be the big day!
Everyone is encouraged to join in the fun and access your inner pirate!
The centerpiece of the Jamboree is a historically accurate pirate encampment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, on the grounds of the Berkley Center by Blackbeard’s Pirate Crew, an 18-member living history organization from Hampton, VA.
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,” learn navigation by the stars and more.
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 1 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 “Brigands Bazaar” on the Wahab House yard 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.

So, get cookin’ on your  pirate costumes.
Kids can join in islander kids trick or treating along Lighthouse Road from 4 to 5:30 p.m.  then make your way to the Ocracoke Oyster Company, 875 Irvin Garrish Hwy., for a stage combat performance by the fabulous Shadow Players.  The Bawdy Beer Garden with the ever-fabulous Motely Tones continues at the Ocracoke Oyster Company after that.
Sunday, Nov. 1, 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 the encampment at the Berkley Center for the march to the water’s edge.

Join the pirates after the memorial for Lunch at Howard’s Pub at noon before you set sail back home!

Activity details are still being finalized, but check in at www.ocracokevillage.com.

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Shadow Players actor featured in the New York Times

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

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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Pirates to invade Ocracoke! Arrrggh you ready?

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. 30 to Nov. 1, 2015.

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.
Various pirate reenactors are gearing up to travel to Ocracoke because of the historical significance here for Blackbeard.
“The pirate crews 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.”

Duffus 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. “It’s a fun event for all ages.”

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

Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2015
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Chart your course to beautiful Ocracoke Island for a special Halloween treat this year with Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree and a weekend of swashbuckling fun Oct 30 to Nov. 1.

Proud of its rich pirate heritage, the island will celebrate the last days of Blackbeard.

See the posts below for details about this weekend.

This is an annual event sponsored by the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association on the last weekend in October, leading to the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s demise in 2018.
For more information, visit the website www.ocracokevillage.com and the Facebook page: Ocracoke Pirate Jamboree.

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