Blackbeard Pirates’ Jamboree in Ocracoke is scheduled for Friday and Saturday – The Coastland Times
Ocracoke Island, like almost everywhere else, is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the island is also recovering from the devastating flooding of Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
Thus, Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree will take place on October 29 and 30 but will not be at the level of 2018, which marked the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s demise.
This year the festival will focus on colonial history and life and family fun with the Berkley Manor Campsite and Vendor Fair centered on the grounds of Berkley Manor.
Festival goers will be invited to eat and drink at one of Ocracoke’s many restaurants.
CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 will apply.
All events are free and will begin Friday night in the Berkley Barn at 7:00 p.m. with a screening of the 1968 Disney film “Blackbeard’s Ghost,” a movie for the whole family, followed by a chat with historian Kevin Duffus on ” Pirates and Fake News in 1718. The Motley Tones will entertain before the film at 6.30pm
Saturday, October 30 will feature a colonial village on the grounds of Berkley Manor with artisan vendors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Other events will include a pirate ship invading Silver Lake and a three-ship “Battle of Ocracoke”, a pirate parade, sword fighting demonstrations, seamanships and several historical lectures.
The event will end at 5 p.m. with a memorial service in honor of fallen sailors for Blackbeard and Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
Among the living history reenactors who will participate, historian Kevin Duffus, with a new perspective on William Howard, the Cannon Crew, Leviathan Nautical Living History, Sinbad and the MEKA II, the Sword Circle, the Beaufort Oars, the Motleys Tones, a Black Beard and Jimmy Bones.
Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree, produced by the Ocracoke Civic & Business Association, is made possible through a grant from the Ocracoke Occupancy Tax Board.
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