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      Leap Year Pirate Fest in Dover

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      February 29, 2020

      Saturday   1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

      497 South Red Haven Lane
      Dover, Delaware 19901

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      Leap Year Pirate Fest

      Landlubbers and mates are invited to don their bonny best pirate gear for Kent County Public Library’s Leap Year Pirate Festival on Saturday, February 29 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Free and open to all!
      “Brandywine artist Howard Pyle shaped the modern, rather romantic idea of pirates, through his paintings and book illustrations. Kent County Public Library usually celebrates “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” which takes place in September,” said Dr. Hilary Welliver, Library Director, “But we wanted to do something special for Leap Day, and we were inspired by the story of ‘Pirates of Penzance.’”
      "Pirates of Penzance" is light opera written by Gilbert & Sullivan. The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic soon learns, however, that he was born on the 29th of February, and so, technically, he has a birthday only once each leap year. His indenture specifies that he remain apprenticed to the pirates until his "twenty-first birthday", meaning that he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic's only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.
      ...It is a glorious thing, to be a pirate queen...
      Guests to KCPL’s Leap Year Pirate Festival will meet Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley, portrayed by award-winning actress and Smithson Scholar Mary Ann Jung. Donning 16th-century garb, Jung brings to life the amazing historical figure of Grace O’Malley…a ferocious fighter and brilliant leader who commanded an entire fleet of ships in the 1500s…and faced down Queen Elizabeth I.
      And who can forget the breath-taking swordplay in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” between Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner, the Dread Pirate Robert in the Princess Bride, or all the fencing performed by piratical actor Errol Flynn? Enjoy spirited swashbuckling with a sword-fighting demonstration by the Society for Creative Anachronism!
      And no festival is complete without music! Celtic Harvest was formed twenty-three years ago when musical friends met at a Delaware Friends of Folk pick-in and learned that they had a mutual love of Irish and Scottish music. From that lucky day until now, they have been the keepers of the flame of Celtic music in Delaware. Celtic Harvest is Kathy Doyle (piano, ukulele, and vocals), Bob Frazier (guitar and vocals), Jan Crumpley (concertina, flute, whistle), Jim McGiffin (bass, banjo, silly songs) and Mike Nielsen (harp, bouzouki, not-silly-at-all songs).
      Friends of the Library and other volunteers will supervise pirate-themed games, activities, and crafts! There will photo ops with a sea serpent, shark, and alligators! Also on hand: Bowers Beach maritime Museum to promote the annual Buccaneer Bash Pirate Festival. All guests will be entered in a grand prize raffle for a free round trip on the Cape May Lewes Ferry, which also supplied “swag” for youngsters to take home (while supplies last).

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