Friday, November 14, 2008


I'm including this first picture to save you the trouble of leaving angry comments. Ever since the post about the Firemen's Parade, this blog has deteriorated into nothing more than a forum for eye candy! You people are shameless.

You're welcome.

You've seen my posts about the Urbanna Oyster Festival, but what you don't know is that I had an opportunity to further my education in between parades and bivalve consumption. Yes, I attended Pirate School. Well, I was actually too old to attend, but I watched the children participate, and I was captivated. Oh, to be seven again!

The fine folks from Blackbeard's Crew held Pirate Classes in the Children's Activity Tent. I was there to see the following classes being taught: "Talk Like a Pirate", "Fight Like a Pirate" and "Sing Like a Pirate"!!!! Argghhhhh!

These folks are dedicated to historical accuracy, and laughter! I, um, I mean, the kids hung on every word.

Although they are based in Hampton, VA, they travel far and wide to plunder and pillage! Scalawag School makes learning FUN!

The Drivelswiggers, Picaroons and Powder Monkeys were gracious enough to pose for a quick photo - even after a long day of singing, rope tying and sabre-wielding. I think they were ready to head back to the ship to drink some bumboo. They earned it!!

I leave you with...

The Pirate Song

To the mast nail our flag it is dark as the grave,
Or the death which it bears while it sweeps o'er the wave;
Let our deck clear for action, our guns be prepared;
Be the boarding-axe sharpened, the scimetar bared:
Set the canisters ready, and then bring to me,
For the last of my duties, the powder-room key.
It shall never be lowered, the black flag we bear;
If the sea be denied us, we sweep through the air.
Unshared have we left our last victory's prey;
It is mine to divide it, and yours to obey:
There are shawls that might suit a sultana's white neck,
And pearls that are fair as the arms they will deck.
There are flasks which, unseal them, the air will disclose
Diametta's fair summers, the home of the rose.
I claim not a portion: I ask but as mine
'Tis to drink to our victory - one cup of red wine.
Some fight, 'tis for riches - some fight, 'tis for fame:
The first I despise, and the last is a name.
I fight, 'tis for vengeance! I love to see flow,
At the stroke of my sabre, the life of my foe.
I strike for the memory of long-vanished years;
I only shed blood where another shed tears,
I come, as the lightning comes red from above,
O'er the race that I loathe, to the battle I love.

Have a great weekend!


Cool Breeze said...

I'll be your pirate if you will be my maiden.

Big Hair Envy said...

Is it getting hot in here??

The Incredible Woody said...

Avast - sound like the two o' you be headin' to fiddlers green. I'm off in search o' a wee bit of grog, me hearty!

Suz Broughton said...

ARRR! Wish we could have been there. My kids (me) would have loved it.

Anonymous said...

OHHH! VA has all the fun. From oysters to pirates... cool, stuff.

Have a great weekend.

Mental P Mama said...


Life with Kaishon said...

Kaishon would absolutely love Pirate school! I can't believe you were too old to get in. CRAZY!

littletoesandcheerios said...

Oh my, you know that I have always had a thing for Mr. Depp, right?
Could barely read your story from looking at those brown eyes!!

You and Mr. Cool need to get a room already!

Your package is on it's way!!!!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

I'm sorry. I'm sure this was a fantabulous post, but anything after Johnny Depp was lost on me.

Addicted to Eye Candy

belladella said...

Please explain my attraction to Johnny Depp in that movie. He is so damn hot. Orlando Bloom too.

Anonymous said...

Very fun!!!

Grandma J said...

OK, now you've done it! The firemen may have been eye candy, but pirates are down right raunchy!

Cute but raunchy. :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

Very cool. Did they teach the kids to drink, pillage and well...I won't go there. I admit, that I am afraid of sailing and sleeping on a boat for fear of pirates. Not Johnny Depp mind you, just the unattractive ones. said...

Wow! That song was DARK! Very...piratey!
How cool are those people doing the pirate school. I wish it had been around when my kids were little.

Karen Deborah said...

I'm a big fan of Captain Jack Sparrow! Wish they'd make another movie.

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Heidi said...

Thats sounds like a freaking BLAST!!! You asked about the soap - my sis in law makes it, BUT I am going to be starting my own. It costs to much to buy it from her!! No family discount- dangit!

(Sometimes!) Serendipitous Girl said...

Hey! What state are pirates from? AAAARRRkansas.

(Yes, I have officially. Lost. It.)

Predo said...

I love your blog! It makes me feel good, that I am not the only one out there that thinks sometimes life is best seen through the eyes of a 7 year old! Well, that, and the fact that I feel less insane with you around! Ho-Ho-Ho Mee Lady!!!

Frita said...

Predo..shouldn't it be Yo ho yo ho? :o) I so wanted to be a pirate when I was young.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

You are hilarious. My 16 year-old is all into the pirate thing.

Blackbeard Pirate said...

Thanks for the post - we had a great time with our 2nd time in Urbanna!

This festival is so cool - we get to sing in the kids tent and do living history on the waterfront.

Thank you also to all the people who donated money to the building of our ship Luna, a colonial ship that will be a floating educational platform used to teach the kids about maritime trade way back when.

The Girl Next Door said...

slurp and drool and arrrrrgh walk the plank wench for such skullduggery....

Anonymous said...

What a fun festival this is! Thanks for sharing your pictures and descriptions of the weekend. They brought smiles to my face. :)