Blasting cannons, sword fighting and a pirate parade will take over Bowers Beach for the town's fourth annual Buccaneer Bash this weekend.
Blasting cannons, sword fighting and a pirate parade will take over Bowers Beach for the town’s fourth annual Buccaneer Bash.
Considering pirates rarely pay for much, the festival is free. More than 6,000 festivalgoers attended last year.IF YOU GO WHEN 6 to 10 p.m., Friday; 10 to 6 p.m., Saturday; 10 to 5 p.m., Sunday WHERE Bowers Beach Maritime Museum, 3357 Main St., Bowers Beach MORE INFO Bowers Beach Buccaneer Bash on Facebook or 335-1556
Activities are outdoors Friday through Sunday near the Bowers Beach Maritime Museum, which is hosting the festival. Proceeds will benefit museum operations and a new building for a welcome center.
The first day kicks off with an outdoor pub crawl from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday.
Sea dogs will have their fill of rum from Beach Time Distilling, craft beer, wine, sodas and tasty food. Tunes will be by Tony Windsor.
“He sings everything,” said organizer Judy Martin. “He has a nice voice and is a nice man. I think it’s going to be good.”
Parade and ceremony
The Bash’s big days are Saturday and Sunday, featuring pirate reenactors, nautical bands, vendors and much more.
The 11:30 a.m. pirate parade begins Saturday. Pets and people are encouraged to wear their scurviest outfits. Walkers can strut if they show up before 11:30 a.m. The parade will start on Whitwells Delight Road and come down past the museum.
After the parade there will be a Memorial Day ceremony by Camden VFW 3238 in the museum around noon.
“We wanted to honor our veterans,” Martin said. “With the great crowd of people we’ll have here, it’ll be a great opportunity do to it.”
Most of the weekend activities will be held on both Saturday and Sunday. This includes a program with Grinchspeare. He’s an original character who fuses Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch with William Shakespeare in an attempt to motivate children to read.
“He’s all green and dressed up like The Grinch,” Martin said. “I taught elementary school for years and I taught reading. Once Grinchspeare said he tries to get kids to read, I knew the children will love him.”
Plenty of vendors
More than 40 vendors will be on tap. Folks looking to get their hands on authentic pirate wares will have the chance to do so.
“We’ll have some period vendors and they will be in the pirate encampment area selling clothing, glassware and all kinds of things,” Martin said.
Food vendors will offer traditional festival fare such as hotdogs and burgers. The pirate-themed Rebel Cove food truck will dish up island-themed eats.
“We have Hawaiian pulled pork that we slow cook here for 10 hours. It has a pineapple flavor to it,” said owner Steve Kochel of Townsend. “It tastes like something from one of the authentic, below-the-ground Hawaiian barbeque pits.”
Multiple pirate crews in the pirate encampment will discuss what life was like as a rebel during the days of yore.
“We’ll have about 30 pirates in camp,” said Joel Keener of the Claymont-based living history group Recreating History. “We do cannon demonstrations, we make noise and answer questions and get into little arguments and have sword fights all over the place.”
Carl Poppadick, of the living history group Sons of the Waves, said many are drawn to pirates because they answer to no one.
“People get frustrated with the government and control, so they look at pirates,” Poppadick said. “I think people even today would love to hop in the car and go somewhere and not have to worry about punching in nine-to-five, especially at a job you don’t like.
“These guys partied when they wanted to party. Who wouldn’t like to do that?”