Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree to feature costume contest, reenactments

Published 1:24 pm Monday, October 23, 2023

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Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree on the Ocracoke grounds of Berkley Manor will kick off Friday afternoon, Oct. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. with an artisan vendor fair and in the evening with a costume contest for kids and adults starting at 6 p.m.

Are you the most authentic pirate/colonial kid, adult, family? Who will be the most authentic Blackbeard?

The costume contest in the Berkley Barn features Kevin Duffus and Steve Whetzel as emcees.

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Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature a colonial encampment on the grounds of the Berkley Manor highlighting daily life, navigation, cooking and medicine, games for kids, along with dozens of artisan vendors in Brigands Bazaar.

Among the living history re-enactors are The Cannon Crew out of Beaufort. The crew is led by Capt. Carl Cannon, demonstrating navigation, weaving and cooking.

Cannon’s period sloop “The Adventure” and Horatio Sinbad’s brigantine “Meka II” will circle the harbor with cannons ablaze.

Also pitching their camps will be members of Leviathan Nautical Living History, who will demonstrate colonial era firearms.

The Sword Circle’s booth will have interactive candle making, axe throwing and an area for kids to learn sword fighting.

The Shadow Players, featuring Steve Whetzel, will return this year to perform their Pirate Comedy Sword Fight and roving minstrels will sing sea chanteys and tavern songs throughout the day.

Kevin Duffus will give a talk on “Where is Blackbeard’s Treasure,” and the crews will also reenact on shore the sword fight in which Blackbeard met his demise at the hand of Royal Navy Lt. Robert Maynard.

The event will conclude at 4 p.m. with a memorial service honoring the fallen sailors for both Blackbeard and Lt. Robert Maynard.

Stay tuned on the Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree Facebook page.