Yar! That term could potentially be pirate-converse (as in “Yar, me matey!”), or it could just be quick-type for the town of Yarmouth, which is the place for the inaugural Cape Cod Pirate Pageant.
The function will be held all working day at Skull Island Journey Golfing in South Yarmouth, under the watchful eye of the attraction’s huge skull and on Route 28, which could be regarded as the area’s “pirate mile” — there’s also a pirate-themed miniature golf study course and the Whydah Pirate Museum close by.
Producer Chris Edwards describes the pageant as “environmental theater.”
“You’ll (be likely) into this planet where the ecosystem close to you IS the event.” You develop into section of the two-working day outside knowledge, he suggests, likening it to the immersive ambiance of a Renaissance festival such as King Richard’s Faire in Carver.
The pirate party will be an interactive expertise as perfectly as out of doors entertainment. Guests can see a magic clearly show, listen to some pirate rock ‘n’ roll or hear to seafaring music delivered by the Whydah Washashores, a freshly formed team of shanty singers produced up of acquainted local faces, predominantly from the Cape Cod theater scene.
Two highlights of the weekend will be themes, in accordance to Edwards, with Saturday as “Dress Like a Pirate” working day, even though Sunday is “Talk Like a Pirate” day. There will be accolades for the winners, as well as “on the spot SURprizes” given out, as spies circulate to hear for “best use of a pirate voice” heard in the crowd all through the day. A contest, held during the weekend, will award a everlasting name to the pirate village.
There will be enjoyment on numerous phases, with each individual team supplying additional than one particular general performance, and schedules posted and available on line all through the competition.
The CuDubh tribal fife and drum duo will make music Merlyn Mischief will supply sea tales and music and the Longshanks, a pair of stilt-going for walks storytellers, will mingle with the group.
Pirate reenactment troupe Rogues Armada will offer household-targeted demonstrates, video games and contests as a fundraiser/profit for the business Feeding The us. Citizen pirates can love examining out the garb of other buccaneers, or most likely elevate a glass with a handful of mateys at Previous Tom’s Tavern. Pirate-themed suppliers and fortune tellers will provide their wares and fortunes in the Pirate Sector.
Action-oriented types can attempt their hand at knife- and axe-throwing, or watch users of the “Yar”mouth Minutemen as they fire up cannons and flintlocks with are living black powder demonstrations. Visitors can just take in a heady comedy and sword-battling demonstrate served up by the Lords of Journey.
Or site visitors can, as Edwards quips, just stroll around, “have a beer and put on an eye patch.”
Edwards, who is energetic in the Cape theater scene, most not long ago served as creative director for Eventide Theatre Business in Dennis, where by he continues to be a member of the board. After working thoroughly in the past with Renaissance fairs, he now hopes to attempt his hand whole-time as a festival producer, emphasizing environmental theatre.
“It’s an artwork form that does not get adequate credit,” he says. Participation focuses on improvisation and conversation, contrary to the entertainment of only watching a display unfold on stage. It is a sort of “agreement” amongst audience and actors, he claims. “Once you are in it, you are part of it.”
Edwards, who has adopted the change ego of “Buck Kinnear” for the competition, states the pirate concept can perform for all people, from relaxed strollers to people who want to “lose on their own in the pirate fantasy.” His purpose is to make the festival an once-a-year “destination event that people today can rely on,” as nicely as supply assist to local organizations.
He spins out a slew of inventive concepts for probable added long term gatherings, this kind of as a Dickens-themed getaway going on, a Halloween Sleepy Hollow location and a Steampunk-themed festival.
This exceptional festival design, he suggests, “gives older people permission to perform,” and pirate events present a exclusive attraction for the “adventure, the romance, the history.”
If you go
What: The Cape Cod Pirate Pageant
When: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug 28-29
The place: Cranium Island Adventure Golf, 934 Route 28, South Yarmouth
What to know: No coolers, canteens, or exterior meals permitted. Parking is obtainable at Cranium Island parking large amount and the nearby Quit & Shop Plaza.
Admission: $10 in progress, $15 at the gate
Tickets and details: www.capecodpiratefestival.com