198 days until International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
In this issue:
Keep your eyes on the Poopdeck or on our Facebook page, because we're almost ready to launch some of the plans we've hatched for the 10th anniversary of International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Later this month we'll fire the first salvo. It's so easy for everyone to take part, and there's such a range of things going on that you just won't be able to forgive yourself for missing out.
Sharing Good News of the Brethren
Quick news flashes from the pirate world.
- Our buddy Cap'n Killy (funny story behind the name) will be grand marshall of the St. Croix St. Patrick's Day Parade March 17 in Christiansted. Imagine the wildest St. Pat's party you've ever been to, then give it a Caribbean flavor. NOW put a pirate in charge. Mike (Cap'n Killy to you) is one of the most dedicated, flamboyant pirates I know, and I know a few. Anyway, I'm covering the parade for the Source, so there'll definitely be pix, possibly video, of the event. Stay tuned.
- Congratulations to the one and only Bilgemunky who recently broadcast his 200th pirate music podcast. That's a lot of musical mayhem and singing skullduggery over the ether. Good work lad! Keep 'em coming!
- SAVING THE BEST NEWS FOR LAST – Cap'n Slappy, Talderoy and Jun, the boys behind the children's book "Pirate Santa" (well on its way to "holiday classic status) have received a silver award from the Mom's Choice Association, or as I like to say, they got a "Silver Mommy." Congratulations lads! Job well done. And for the rest of you, don't forget to buy two or three copies for yerself. Just go to the link above and click the Pirate Santa link to buy as many copies as you can.
- If you have a pirate news flash you want to share, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org! I'll get it in the Poopdeck!
Kickstart a Fellow Filibuster
Merry maritime musician Mister Mac and his mermaids are finishing up a new album and they need your help! They're raising the funds to finish the album and they're using Kickstarter to do it. Go in and pledge a few doubloons and win valuable bonuses! In fact, I suspect they wouldn't mind if you donated a whole bunch of doubloons! The more you donate the cooler the prizes are, from downloaded songs to CDs and T-shirts to producer credit on the album to a performance at your event (if your event is in Southern Cal.) Anyway, check out the site at -
- and lend a hand! They're facing a March 18 deadline, so do it today!
Spring is sproinging (Of course that's a piratey word. It's the sound when you throw a knife at a target and it sinks into the wood. "Sproing!") and it brings a whole slate of pirate activities for yer enjoyment. Let's take a quick look at the Calendaaaarrr!
- NOLA Pyrate Week, March 23 through April 1. This year it features the first ever Louisiana Pyrate Wench Pageant, affiliated with the American Dream Pageants. The winner gets a custom designed Swarovski Crystal crown, silk sash and the whole nine yards. This is an actual pageant, mates! Contestants must be 21, must be decked out in true wench fashion, and it will help – they say – to have a working knowledge of Louisiana and pirate history and know something about wetlands. I don't make this stuff up. That's what it says when you visit our links page and follow the link to NOLA Pirate Week. An honest to Davy Jones wench pageant! I don't know about you, but I can hardly wait! (And by the way, Cap'n Slappy and I stand ready to serve as judges if any are needed at the last minute. Just tryin' to be helpful.)
- In Milwaukee, WI, the Ghost Ships Festival will be held April 13 and 14 at the Wyndham Hotel and Convention Center. This year's event includes a Friday Night Amateur Film Festival. It's sponsored by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Foundation, and while not piratey per se, anything that says Ghost Ships in the title piques our interest. Visit their website at http://www.ghost-ships.org
- Desert pirates can swagger on over to Phoenix, AZ for the Isle De Corsair on April 22. It's an all-day event featuring a rapier competition, arts and craft contest, cooking competition and a children's treasure hunt. Visit http://azcorsair.ning.com for more information.
That'll do fer now, but remember, the next Poopdeck that hits yer inbox will contain news about a thrilling contest! (Thrilling fer us, anyway. You do the work, all we have to do is judge it!) So until then, thanks fer spreading the word, and the word is "Aarrr!"
– Ol' Chumbucket, ed.