Be the Pirate You Are

pirateMost people have hobbies. Right?

Sure…these are the kind of activities that fulfill us, provide entertainment and enrich our lives.

I’ve tried on several hobby hats over the years. Some of them fit so well they became part of my permanent wardrobe. Others…not so much. But some people turn the tables. They live their hobbies on the weekend and spend the remainder of the time pretending to be like the rest of us until they can get back to being who they really are.

I met a large number of those folks last weekend at the Portland Pirate Festival.

Take a quick look. I’ll wait. I’ll just look up pictures of Johnny Depp in his role as Captain Jack Sparrow. Take your time.

pirate flagCool, eh? It was crazy fun. Amusing silliness abounded in great lumping quantities. This is not your typical crowd of historical re-enacters although plenty of them were there too. In fact the vendors, spectators and participants ran the gamut from stately thespianism to bug-eyed nuts.


I’ve seen more boob than an entire school of adolescent boys could imagine. So did everyone present. The festival is in dire need of female instruction on how to properly don and wear a corset…a lost art in itself, apparently. Having established these few facts, let me also tell you many of those present were barking ass mad. Deranged in a spectacularly joyful manner. Insanity sprinted through the grounds touching right and left with the pointy finger of absurdity. None were spared.

Not much leaves me standing mouth agape and stunned. These folks did.

And they ALL had guns or swords, and some had both. Every last one of the them. One of the lunatics even had a cannon (big boom!), and they fired it….many times. I would have said it was impossible to carry a four foot sword down your bodice but several women proved me wrong.

Daring? Absolutely.

arghEntendre and innuendo were wielded with the finesse of a goat in high heels but it was all in the spirit of mayhem. My ribs still hurt from laughing. Mark it on the calendar and go next year. It’s astounding good fun, just leave your prudish sensitivities at home. Days are very family oriented…evenings are a bit more rollicking. The ale flows and the singing gets louder. Lest you think the fun is done, put a note on the calendar for Monday September 19th. That’s the official International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Uh huh.

In honor of pirates anywhen and everywhere, a few links to sail through the week:

1. Dress Like a Pirate

2. Forge and Thistle

3. Damsel in this Dress

4. Lost Mountain Claywork Pirate Pots

5. The Pirates Charles


question markEver find yourself somewhere, wondering how you got there? What’s the silliest festival you’ve attended? What joy have you found in unexpected places?


  1. #1 by Alica McKenna Johnson on September 5, 2011 - 5:51 pm

    It sounds like so much fun!! Maybe I'll find a way to get there next year. Johnny is lovely.

  2. #2 by Linda Gray on September 5, 2011 - 9:55 pm

    Hi Lesann, I'm slowly getting around to fellow Campaigners to say hello. I'm in the mystery group with you. Nice to meet you! (p.s. LOVE Johnny Depp)

  3. #3 by Debbie on September 5, 2011 - 11:42 pm

    Hi Lesann. This sounds like fun. I have an idea for a pirate novel that has been brewing for a few years now (about time I did something about that)!I thought I'd stop by and say hello as we're both in the same horror group during the campaign. It's a pleasure meeting you and I look forward to seeing more of you.

  4. #4 by Lesann Berry on September 6, 2011 - 3:53 am

    Hi Alica! Thanks for dropping by. Johnny is always lovely – I don't think there are many detractors in the crowd. The pirate festival was silly fun, I hope more people get to visit or find one near where they live.

  5. #5 by Lesann Berry on September 6, 2011 - 3:55 am

    Hi Linda! Another mystery writer! I had no idea we'd be so exclusive, but the way genres break down these days it's sometimes hard to know how to classify writing. I'm slowly working my way around the lists and trying to visit everyone's site too. I'm looking forward to networking these common interests. I forget just how many wonderful films Mr. Depp has been in over the years. Love them all.

  6. #6 by Lesann Berry on September 6, 2011 - 3:57 am

    Hi Debbie! Pirate novels are always fun. I wrote one without realizing at first that was the direction it would go. The research was really fun and I keep trying to convince my husband I REALLY need to visit the West Indies in order to grasp the ambience of the environment. So far he's on board, except for the cost. lol. Now to mix a pirate story with some horror – now that would be fun!

  7. #7 by Angela Wallace on September 6, 2011 - 9:10 pm

    That does sound fun. I wouldn't mind a sword. *grin* Some of my friends go to the Highland festival, and I've thought of joining them a couple times, but never had the time.

  8. #8 by Lesann Berry on September 7, 2011 - 7:09 am

    The Highland Games are fun – I used to live across from a community center and always enjoyed the festival sounds. Haven't been to one in years. I can't do much with a sword, but I do like the way they look.

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