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Kid’s Explorer Day draws record crowd

Children and adults enjoyed the pirate show on Kid’s Explorer Day. (Photo by Bill Powell)

by Bill Powell
Special Events Director
Deltaville Maritime Museum

Aaarrrghhh! Boom! Swash me buckle! The sound of the pirate was heard through the land—the land in Deltaville anyway.

Over 200 wide-eyed youngsters and their smiling parents immersed themselves in Deltaville history and pirate lore at the newly expanded “Kid’s Explorer Day” on July 11 at the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park.

For the first time, the museum expanded the event, better known as “John Smith Meets the Pirates,” from one show to two shows, with lots of “pirating around” and lunch in between.

Visitors were treated to “Kaptain Krunch” himself as Captain John Smith relating the true story of the discovery and naming of Stingray Point. Then, boom, oh no! What’s that? Cannon fire? The pirates captured Captain Smith and his beloved “Explorer” and crew. What dastardly plans did they have in store? Oh but what luck! All is saved by the timely appearance of Popeye and Sweetpea in their swift Wright skiff, chasing the pirates off the “Explorer” and into the “treacherous woods.” Clearly both Popeye and Sweetpea had eaten their spinach!

But in their haste, the pirates left their treasure map. Where’s the treasure? Armed with the maps and an escort of museum interns and parents, the intrepid treasure hunters braved the perils and pirates of the “treacherous woods” and “Bubba” to find their way to the pirates’ treasure. X marked the spot.

Now back at the museum, a reconciled “Explorer” crew and the pirates, played by re-enactors from Blackbeard’s Crew of Hampton, showed kids and parents alike the in’s and out’s of pirating. Skallawag School, sea chanteys and tug-of-war were the order of the day.

The pirates of Blackbeard’s Crew will return to the museum in force to participate in the Holly Point Art and Seafood Festival on October 10 of this year. Plans are in the works for a possible pirate’s encampment and festival in early June 2010.

posted 07.22.2009

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