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Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Annual Pirate Invasion of a Colorful Chesapeake Town

ROCK HALL, Md. (CBS) – Thousands of buccaneer enthusiasts will be heading for the port of Rock Hall, Maryland, a week from Friday, for the fourth annual “Pirates and Wenches” weekend.   Jay Lloyd says it’s all about attitude — and the costumes.

There will be pirate reënactors, sword fights on Main Street, a storming of the beach from a flotilla of decorated dinghies, lots of music, and a “Buccaneers’ Ball.”

It starts next Friday night with a rum-tasting at the colorfully named Osprey Point restaurant, followed by a sea shanty singalong at the equally colorfully named Bay Wolf restaurant.

pirate musician jlloyd Jay Lloyds Getaway:  Annual Pirate Invasion of a Colorful Chesapeake TownKenny Miller, a veteran pirate reënactor, notes that a yearning for the black flag starts as a kid.

“Once it gets in your blood, it’s in your blood,” he says.  “It’s a lot of fun.”

Most visitors come in costume — some elaborate, some simple, some extremely creative.

My friend Cap’n Mark Einstein, who with his wife Suzanne conceived the pirate weekend here, believes it’s all a matter of attitude.

“It’s an attitude that people acquire when they put the costume on,” Einstein says.  “They become the pirate.”

So, set a course for Rock Hall, Maryland, August 12-14th, for a fantasy weekend in the “Caribbean on the Chesapeake.”

Reported by Jay Lloyd, KYW Newsradio 1060

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