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Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: The Annual Pirates’ Weekend on the Chesapeake

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(The beach party and dinghy race is part of the "Rock Hall Pirates and Wenches Weekend."  File photo by Jay Lloyd)

(The beach party and dinghy race is part of the “Rock Hall Pirates and Wenches Weekend.” File photo by Jay Lloyd)

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By Jay Lloyd

ROCK HALL, Md. (CBS) — This weekend, the pirates of the Chesapeake will be swarming ashore at the nearby port of Rock Hall, Maryland.

If you’ve never seen it, it’s a blast!

A rum tasting and a sea-shanty pub crawl launch the weekend as the boating town of Rock Hall, with a population of 1,500, is swarmed by at least 5,000 wannabe buccaneers.

Cap’n Mark Einstein, the lead corsair, notes that everyone wants to get into a role.

“You can expect to see all kinds of crazy costumes,” he tells me.

For men, the costumes are simple and easy to put together: a sash, an eye patch, a flared blouse, and ratty shorts.

 

(Jay Lloyd poses in an easy-to-create pirate costume.)

(Jay Lloyd poses in an easy-to-create pirate costume.)

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But for the lady buccaneers, it’s not so simple.

“You are looking at about $400,” says Lady Anna (below).  “The hat was $55. The corset was $115.”

 

(The Lady Pirate Anna, all decked out for "Pirates and Wenches Weekend," in Rock Hall, Md.  File photo by Jay Lloyd)

(The Lady Pirate Anna, all decked out for “Pirates and Wenches Weekend,” in Rock Hall, Md. File photo by Jay Lloyd)

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But Hollywood never saw a more glamorous turnout. Perfect for the Saturday night “Buccaneers’ Ball” at the Waterman’s Crab House.

And don’t forget the Caribbean beach party, a dinghy race (top photo), and plenty of swashbuckling activity for the kids.

So, set a course, me hearties, for the 17th-Century port of Rock Hall, Md.!   Aarrrgh!

More information at rockhallpirates.com.

 

 

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