Even Pirates need a bath!

Jack, 6, from Waxhaw, spins Captain Jack's wheel at the Pirate Encampment at the Museum of the Waxhaws.

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The Ninth Annual Pirate Day at the Museum of the Waxhaws dawned overcast and with a below average temperature, but that didn’t stop them from coming. The Pirates came from as far as New York and Florida while the non-pirates came from all over the TriW area to join the fun. Mermaids, cannon fire, gun firing, belly dancers, sword fights, skits on the stage, buccaneer boot camp at the historical cabin, a historical pirate encampment, and vendors including glass blowers, wood workers, and blacksmiths all joined in the fun on August 24, 2019.
Cathy Wright, Museum Coordinator, worked alongside about 15 museum volunteers to make the day happen. Spread out over the whole Museum of the Waxhaws campus, children of all ages enjoyed interacting with the Pirates and learning about the pirate life. They also participated in a scavenger hunt, costume contest, and a Buccaneer Boot Camp to learn how to use a cutlass, be bestowed with a Pirate name, and learn the vocabulary of the pirates.  And even though it was a misty Pirate Day, at least those Pirates got a bath!

Jack, 6, from Waxhaw, spins Captain Jack’s wheel at the Pirate Encampment at the Museum of the Waxhaws.
(LtR) Kimberley Walls, Liam Romano, Kevin Sheldon with his parrot Kilo, and Aunt Karen Andreasen all enjoyed Pirate Day at the Museum of the Waxhaws on August 24, 2019.
Maxwell and Ben stop to eat a Kona Ice while more Pirates wait for their Kona Ices at the food truck during Pirate Day at the Museum of the Waxhaws.
Crystal Scronce, from Monroe, dons her tail as Narrissa. She greeted scavenger hunters and helped them on their quests. Narrissa just gained her tail this past Christmas but has been involved with Pirate Day in the past as a Pirate. Even Pirates can change careers!
Sea Hunter places a balloon parrot on the shoulder of an attendee at Pirate Day on August 24, 2019.
You couldn’t miss the cannon fire at the Museums of the Waxhaws during Pirate Day. The cannons were manned by The Charles Towne Few.
The Collazo Family just moved to Waxhaw three months ago and were delighted to find Pirate Day. The family homeschools and were excited to participate in Pirate Day since they had just finished a unit on the Middle Ages.
Karen Cox, from Rock Hill, SC, prepares indigo dye at the Pirate Encampment at the Museum of the Waxhaws. Indigo was a very popular and profitable crop in the Carolinas.
The Charles Towne Few have attended Pirate Day for the last nine years. The performed the cannon demonstration as well as camping and talking to visitors about historic pirate life.
Sebastian, 7, runs from Ghost after stealing his treasure map during Pirate Day 2019.
William de Word show Kenzie, 4, from Waxhaw, how to operate a printing press during the Museum of the Waxhaws Pirate Day 2019.
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