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Talk Like A Pirate Day


Arrrr there me hearties! Saturday, September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day! So, if you’re walking around The City of Brotherly Love and you feel like you’re in a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, don’t be alarmed. According to talklikeapirate.com it all started on June 6, 1995 when two friends John Baur and Mark Summers were playing racquetball. During their match, they began to encourage each other in pirate slang. Afterwards, they realized how much fun it was to talk like pirates and decided to declare this particular day a new national holiday: Talk Like A Pirate Day. They started out by celebrating with friends. Then, thanks to a column written by Dave Barry, people across the country began to embrace the idea. People in chat rooms began talking like pirates, colleges began throwing parities and quickly it gained international notoriety!    Captain Jack Sparrow. Photo by cyberelk.net

If you would like to partake in the fun-filled festivities, talklikeapirate.com has mapped out events happening in the Tri-state area!


Columbia - The National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar Street, celebrates International Talk Like A Pirate Day Sept. 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with activities including designing your own treasure map, making your own compass, a museum treasure hunt and more. Guest pirates will demonstrate sword fighting, instruct how to talk like a pirate, perform pirate magic, and decorate visitors with pirate tattoos! All the activities and admission to the Museum are free if you come dressed in your favorite pirate’s costume! Even if you’ve lost your costume, come anyway and only pay the regular Museum admission price to participate. Plan to stay for the free movie, Pirates of the Caribbean, at 4 p.m. and enjoy free pirate popcorn and lemonade! Seating is limited.

Marcus Hook - The Marcus Hook Preservation Society, aka the Plankhouse Crew, hosts a three-day Pirate Festival, Sept. 18-20, including a pirate feast and a Sunday pub tour.

Philadelphia - Having got a good taste of TLAPD in 2008 with a visit from Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket, Philadelphia nonetheless embraces the day again this year with a full day of pirattitude at the Independence Seaport Museum. Pirates-in-training will visit stations throughout the Museum to learn how to "Knot Like a Pirate" -- tie nautical knots; "Code Like a Pirate" -- learn secret pirate codes; "Talk like a Pirate" -- a pirate vocabulary class; "Navigate Like a Pirate" -- craft old pirate treasure maps and telescopes; "Look Like a Pirate" -- make an eye patch, pirate hat, and parrot; and "Fight Like a Pirate" -- watch a demonstration of cannon firing and cutlass maneuvering. Buccaneers can also explore the tattoo exhibit, Skin & Bones -- Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor, and tour the Museum's two historic ships – the Spanish-American War Cruiser Olympia and the World War II Submarine Becuna.

Philadelphia - The Rum Bar, off Rittenhouse Square, celebrates with $3 Capt'n's and $2 Rum Barrel Lagers for those who speak the tongue of the pirate. Specials begin at 8pm and go all night. Dress as a pirate if ye dare!

Wilkes-Barre - Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 421 Arena Hub Plaza, is hosting a TLAPD story time on Sept. 19 with booty for the best pirate garb, and rum(less) punch.

New Jersey:

Cape May - To celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, the Children’s Department of the Cape May County library is having a Pirate story time for scallywags 18 months to 5 years old. We are celebrating early on Friday Sept. 18 with swashbuckling stories, piratey songs and rhymes and will be making our own treasure hunts!

Trenton - Nate’s Pub, 979 Lalor Street, is throwing its third annual Talk Like A Pirate Day party on Sept. 19 starting at 7:30 p.m. Dress up like a pirate and come on over to Trenton for a Pirate DJ with lots of pirate music & k araoke, door prizes, drink specials, food specials, games and a whole crew of swashbuckling pranksters.


Dover - “Pee Wee Pirate Show” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kent County Public Library, 2319 S. DuPont Highway, to help preschoolers and early elementary school children get ready for “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” Meet Captain Jean the Pirate Queen, daughter of famed explorer John Cabot (played by Mary Ann Jung) as she explains what exploration was really like in the 1500s. Registration required.

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12:23 AM
Sat Sep 19 2009

OK me hearties! Join me in a kayak trip to Davey Jones locker if you dare!!! Those to whom these words are meant should know!!! ARRGH!!!