So it’s been ages. I had this great blog done all about the most awesome Pirate Festival coming up in Mahone Bay .. and then I had to rush off with the kids and my husband deleted it all! Arrrrgh! So I felt totally dejected and walked away. But I guess I’m an adult, so I’d better just jump back on board here, right?
As I had mentioned in the past, there was once a Wooden Boat Festival in Mahone Bay. Over the past few years it has had a couple changes, first to the Classic Boat Festival, and then to the Pirate Festival & Regatta. I believe I also mentioned how incredibly, undeniably appropriate a pirate festival was for Mahone Bay. Why? Where can I even begin? Legends of pirate treasure abound in this neck of the woods (this leg of the ocean?) .. Oak Island where people still to this day are looking for hidden treasure. A convaluted story starting with an American Privateer ship named The Teazer which was captured by the Brits in 1812, the Captain took an oath to never again bear arms against the King to save his neck (literally) and returned to the US of A .. only to receive another letter of mark in 1813 to recommence his privateering days. (the life of a pirate ♪) She was instantly successful and therefore instantly sought out by the Brits. On her last attempt to flee the Brits she sailed into our little piece of heaven, attempting to use the many islands of Mahone Bay as cover .. alas, it didn’t work and before the ship could be capture the captain caught his ship on fire and the day ended with an incredibly dramatic explosion from all the munitions aboard. Wow. The ship still haunts the harbour, and part of the festival is the reinactment of the Young Teazer’s final journey ……….. although instead of munitions the light fireworks instead, which makes for a very happy ending indeed. Goodness I could go on and on, but let’s just leave it at this: Mahone Bay is, quite simple, The Perfect Setting for a festival involving pirates.
There is so much jam-packed into this weekend, and it is this very weekend. The one coming up. (Ahh! I’m so excited! I love this festival!!) You’ve got to be here. You just do. There are boat races, crafts for kids, pirates all though town (under strict contact NOT to do any pillaging or .. uh .. other things pirates are so famous for). And that’s not all. Mermaids. Does the thought of a mermaid make your imagination start to sing they way it does mine? Mr. Langille, across the road from us, he has mermaids in his pond and my kids often watch him when he goes to feed them. But they’re rather shy mermaids. A real mermaid is coming to the Pirate Festival, and she’s going to make every child’s day. Raina, the mermaid, will be visiting our fine shores, and surely you can’t miss that. I’ve seen the foam on the ocean, which my grandmother (from the Faroe Islands) always told me came from mermaids once they had died. But never have I had a chance to meet a real one. There’s no way anyone can keep me away … surely you won’t stay away either.
Come to Mahone Bay and experience what is perhaps the most awesome festival of the summer … it’s a very close tie between this and the Folk Harbour Festival coming up in August in Lunenburg.
Music makes my heart beat, but pirates & mermaids make it sing …