Apr 082013


Monday, April 8, 2013

Cherie Speller

Arrggh!! Or is it Arrrrgggggghhh!

You can decide at the seventh annual PirateFest, scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Greenville.

The outdoor event offers food, art and entertainment. The blend of old and new festivities celebrates eastern North Carolina’s rich pirate history, from Blackbeard to the Pirates of East Carolina University.

So you will hear lots of variations of the pirate call, Arrggh! And you can give your version of the call during the “Arrggh! Showcase” being recorded by Greenville Public Access Television on Saturday. With participants recording their Arrggh! call on camera, the showcase will be replayed on GPAT Channel 23 on Suddenlink cable through May.

There should be plenty of participants for the showcase as Pirates of all kinds gather Saturday morning on the Greenville Town Common in an attempt to break the world record for the most amount of people dressed like a pirate in a single location.

The official Guiness World Records count will be held at 11 a.m. Gates open at 9 a.m., and participants — fully dressed in pirate regalia — must be in place by 10:45.

Also on Saturday, various Pirate groups will roam through the festival, sharing their artistry in song, storytelling, and swordplay and dress.

They can stop by the showcase, too.

On the event’s Buccaneer Bash stage at the corner of Fourth and Evans streets, there will be children’s groups, bands and other entertainment from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

One-hour historical tours of downtown Greenville and ECU will be given. The trolley leaves from Fourth and Cotanche streets at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Also on the Town Common will be the International Ports O’Call, music, food and attractions from nations from around the world. Performances are scheduled from noon to 5 p.m.

Arts and crafts also will be on sale during the festival in addition to pottery, jewelry, wood painting. Cold beverages will be available at the Buccaneer Bash Grog Garden.

PirateFest kicks off Friday with the Buccaneer Bash from 5-8 p.m. at Fourth and Evans streets. The event will include music, beer, wine, activities for children and roving Pirates. So go on and start practicing now. Arrggh!

For more information on Piratefest, visit www.piratefestnc.com.

Cherie Speller is associate editor for readership and community news. Contact her at cspeller@reflector.com or 252-329-9512.

via The Daily Reflector.


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