Blackbeard to land at NC Maritime Museum for annual pirate luncheon, activities
BEAUFORT, NC July 30, 2014- Ahoy, Pirates! The North Carolina Maritime Museum offers a child (and parent) friendly zone for families visiting during Beaufort’s annual Pirate Invasion. On Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9, the Museum offer additional programs and activities, most free of charge, for visitors to enjoy and get in the spirit of the Beaufort Pirate Invasion! These activities include a hunt for pirates, free tattoos, and the chance to meet the notorious Blackbeard himself!
Starting on Friday, August 8 and running through Saturday, August 9, visitors will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt that will take them around Beaufort looking for pirates. The North Carolina Maritime Museum will be offering a reward to everyone who can locate all fourteen pirates featured on this year’s “Beaufort’s Most Wanted” cards. For the first time, the card includes the youngest pirate of all – Pink Hook! This program is offered free of charge due to the support from the Beaufort Pirate Invasion and the Friends of the Museum.
On Saturday, August 9 at 11:30 the North Carolina Maritime Museum will host their 5th annual “Lunch with Pirates”. The lunch catered by East Carolina’s very own “Fat Fellas BBQ & Grille”. While enjoying their lunch, families will be treated to a fashion show featuring the latest trends in the pirate world, put together by the East Coast Pirate Crew. The infamous pirate Blackbeard will also be present and may even be willing to tell his tale of piracy! Reservations are required for the “Lunch with Pirates” and tickets are $15 per person.
“The Lunch with Pirates is always a very popular event,” said Christine Brin, Museum Educator. “The kids enjoy meeting Blackbeard and the parents enjoy the air-conditioned and calm atmosphere,” she stated.
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, families will have their chance to enjoy some free (and air conditioned) activities and crafts in the Museum’s library. Children will get their very own pirate hat, official pirate tattoo, pirate sash and even make a “super-secret” pirate treasure map. The activities will close during the Lunch with Pirates at 11:30 a.m. but will reopen at 12:30 and run until 4 p.m.
“Thanks to support from the Friends of the Museum we are able to offer all of these programs free,” states Brin. “The parents have a ‘safe zone’ where they can relax and not worry about fees or charges,” she said.
There’s even more going on inside at the North Carolina Maritime Museum. Visitors can see the artifacts from Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. To learn more, visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.
These activities are being offered as part of the 2nd Saturday’s programs offered this summer in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. 2nd Saturdays combines the unique power of arts and heritage with lots of hands-on fun each second Saturday during the peak summertime faction months. The 2nd Saturday’s events are free and offer hands-on educational opportunities for all ages.
North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is located at 315 Front Street, Beaufort 28516. The Museum is open Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Donations appreciated. For more information, call 252.728.7317.
About the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort
The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort reflects coastal life and interprets lighthouses and lifesaving stations, the seafood industry, motorboats, and more. Studies in marine life, science, and ecology are available for all ages. The Beaufort museum is the repository for artifacts from Blackbeard’s wrecked flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, among them cannons, grenades, belt buckles and beads. The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center teaches boatbuilding for all ages. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort is open Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Donations appreciated.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum system is comprised of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.