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Pirate_Directory_Blackbeards_Festival_00475Once a year in May, visitors from all over the country enjoy the sights and sounds of 18th century Hampton overrun by pirates. Hampton’s waterfront comes alive with dozens of pirate re-enactors, costumed in historically accurate garb, who transform today’s Hampton into the busy seaport of yesterday. Led by Blackbeard the Pirate himself, re-enactors help visitors step back in time and re-live the history and legends of 1718 Hampton. This year the festival has been honored by being named the 3rd best pirate festival in North America by USA Today. The Festival offers a variety of children’s activities, live musical entertainment, fireworks, period vendors, arts and crafts, and much more!

This year’s activities include a number of reenactments from impromptu street skirmishes between pirates and the militia, to full-scale sea battles in the Hampton Harbor, featuring the popular re-enactment of Blackbeard’s final battle. Onlookers can also enjoy the waterfront view where tall ships tower over more than 50 private sail and powerboats all decked out in their own pirate gear.

Pirate_Directory_Blackbeards_Festival_00472A presentation ceremony follows the sea battle, where Lt. Maynard presents Blackbeard's head and defeated crew to Virginia's Governor Spotswood. Visitors can participate in the festivities when they join Blackbeard’s funeral parade, Hampton’s version of Mardi Gras, and share in the booty from his treasure chest.

Plan ahead for this raucous annual festival where you'll land smack-dab in the middle of sword fights, lively music, pirate encampment, children's activities, sea battles and fireworks. It's a way to celebrate Hampton's maritime heritage and relationship with the infamous Blackbeard, one of the fiercest pirates ever known. Plus, there's a grand pirate ball on May 29 where you show off your best period attire.

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Travel back in time to a period where The Customs House of the bustling seaport of Hampton regulated the export of tobacco to England and the import of manufactured commodities to the colonies. The wealth of the colonies floating around Hampton's waterfront made our city an inviting target for one of the fearsome and successful pirates of the Caribbean, Blackbeard. Blackbeard moved his operation north and with a pardon from the governor of North Carolina assumed the life of a gentleman with his fourteenth wife. Unable to give up the adventurous and notorious lifestyle, he cruised and began relieving ships of their cargos. Blackbeard defended his actions saying he was simply salvaging the abandoned cargo. North Carolina officials accept the dubious explanation in exchange for a portion of the cargo.

Blackbeard resumes his life of terrorizing ships and citizens along the east coast and Chesapeake Bay and in 1718, the most notorious pirate festival is hosted by Blackbeard on the beach at Ocracoke Inlet. Attended by the most notorious pirates and their crews, including Hampton's own William Howard, one of Blackbeard's captains, they feast and drink rum punch spiked with gun powder. Convinced that Blackbeard and other pirates are operating under the protection of North Carolina, Governor Spotswood of Virginia resolves to send an expedition to capture or kill Blackbeard and his crew. Lt. Robert Maynard is picked by Spotswood to lead this expedition.

The two small ships crewed by the Royal Navy and Hamptonians sail from Hampton to find Blackbeard. Lt. Maynard and his crew find Blackbeard and engage in a bloody sea battle. Maynard leads the hand to hand fighting after boarding Blackbeard's ship. During the fight to the death, Blackbeard sustains some twenty five mortal wounds and is slain when his head is severed by Maynard. With losses on both sides, 15 of Blackbeard's crew are taken prisoner. Upon return to Hampton, Lt. Maynard is said to have presented Governor Spotswood with Blackbeard's head, flag and treasure. Governor Spotswood decrees Blackbeard's head be placed on a stake at the entrance to the Hampton River as a warning to all other pirates.

Sunday December 24th, 2017 - 6:54 pm

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Hopefully I will have better luck this year! After all of these years Im thinking that the reward should be decent enough to retire on.

Sunday December 24th, 2017 - 2:13 pm

Ahoy Crew and Friends of the Crew,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Mary and a very Joyous Christmas. I would also like to wish everyone a very happy and profitable for the New Year. Please be safe during the holidays and I look forward to seeing all of you in 2018. The 19th annual Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival will be here before you know it! This will be one Festival for the record books. Where did the last 300 years ago? I guess time flies when you’re having RUM! (Rum cakes, rum balls or just plain rum!) For this year’s Festival we are looking 300 Pirates reenactors and 300 cannon shots during the event. That’s a Pirate family reunion with a big bang!!!!

Constable Heartless
Capt. Blackbeard’ Crew, Inc.
A Virginia 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
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Ahoy Crew and Friends of the Crew,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Mary and a very Joyous Christmas. I would also like to wish everyone a very happy and profitable for the New Year. Please be safe during the holidays and I look forward to seeing all of you in 2018. The 19th annual Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival will be here before you know it! This will be one Festival for the record books. Where did the last 300 years ago? I guess time flies when you’re having RUM! (Rum cakes, rum balls or just plain rum!)  For this year’s Festival we are looking 300 Pirates reenactors and 300 cannon shots during the event. That’s a Pirate family reunion with a big bang!!!!

Constable Heartless
Capt. Blackbeard’ Crew, Inc.
A Virginia 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

 

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Merry Christmas to you as well!

Happy Christmas 🎄

Are you still looking for mermaid preformers?

Merry Christmas!

A Mary Christmas? Not a Joseph one?

Amanda Modesitt

Is there a cost to attend the festival? Parking or entry fees, fees for anything in particular? I'm traveling from Michigan so need to know in advance what to expect, thank you! See you soon

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Blackbeard Pirate Festival

Tuesday December 12th, 2017 - 9:41 am

www.facebook.com/blackbeardspiratecrew/posts/1593570294012584:0Ahoy My Fellow Pirates and Living History Interpreters,

As many of you may be aware 2018 is the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s last battle and demise. As I think most in the piratical living history arena are in agreement that the 2018 Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival will be the crown jewel of the 300th anniversary celebrations. As such the members of Blackbeard’s Crew and our partners with the city of Hampton are already busy planning and laying the groundwork for the 2018 Festival.

It is our desire to give as many within our piratical family an opportunity to participate in the 300th anniversary Festival as possible. As many of you can imagine I have already received some inquiries concerning participation within the pirate encampment from reenactors, vendors and entertainers. With advanced planning and a little vetting we will attempt to create as many opportunities as possible. As with any major event finance, real estate and logistics are definitely considerations that we must keep in mind.

In addition to being one of the most popular pirate events in the country, Hampton is also known as being our piratical family reunion. We are always interested in adding to our family so even if you never had an opportunity to participate in Hampton before, this is the year you should consider Hampton. Those of you that have participated in the past can certainly attest to the quality of the event and how well the city of Hampton and the Blackbeard’s Crew take care of their reenactors, period vendors and entertainers.

So if you are an individual reenactor or part of an organized reenactment group with a fair degree of historic accuracy from about 1630-1750 and can adapt to the Golden Era the Pirates your inquiries should be emailed to: [email protected]

It will be necessary to limit the number of living history interpreters and reenactors to 300. As this is the 300th anniversary celebration having 300 Pirates is a very appropriate number.

If you are a high quality period vendor inquiries should be emailed to:
[email protected]

Vendor space is very limited within the pirate encampment so we must limit the period vendors within the pirate encampment to 20 period vendors. Food vendors and general merchandise street vendors may apply directly through our Festival website: www.hampton.gov/2008/Blackbeard-Pirate-Festival

There will be plenty of opportunities for musical entertainers at the 2018 Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival. However given the historical significance of the 300 anniversary of Blackbeard’s last battle and very limited entertainment budgets, some musical entertainment slots may be curtailed to some degree to free up some resources to increase entertainment variety. Entertainers should send their entertainment proposals directly to: [email protected]

This coming year all reenactment groups, period vendors and entertainers will be selected by a multi-person subcommittee to ensure the quality of the Festival.

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Friday December 1st, 2017 - 5:09 pm

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Tuesday November 28th, 2017 - 11:29 pm

The Members of Blackbeard’s Crew will be doing our part to ensure that St. Nicholas has safe passage as he sails into Hampton to kick off the holiday celebrations.
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Sunday November 19th, 2017 - 9:57 pm

The members of Blackbeard’s Crew Incorporated have the honor of participating in the Hampton Holly Days Parade on Saturday, December 9, 2017 starting at 7 PM.

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Canceled - Holly Days ParadeDec 9, 7:00pm602 Settlers Landing Rd, Hampton, VA 23669-4033, United StatesDue to the ongoing inclement weather, the Hampton Holly Days parade has been canceled.
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Sunday November 19th, 2017 - 9:51 pm

The Members of Blackbeard’s Crew Incorporated had a very busy year for 2017. We had members sailing to all points of the compass entertaining and educating the public. Events for 2017 included the Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival requiring numerous crew member appearances for the festival such as TV spots & commercials, many committee meetings, trailer workdays, city Council raids and many other appearances. The members fed more than 200 Pirates for two days, put together the best Pirates Grand Bash the world has ever seen and pulled off the greatest pirate Festival in history. The membership participated in little events such as Yorktown appearances, the Hampton soap box Derby, Bull Island Brewery and a block party or two in downtown Hampton. More trailer workdays, Virginia Beach Pirates on the beach, Port Royal, Beaufort and then nearly a full week and Kitty Hawk. Bluebird Gap Farm impersonating farmers in Hampton, the largest yearly Virginia Zoo event in Norfolk, The Hampton Cup Regatta, the Hampton Convention Center for a statewide convention of Parks and Recreation professionals. We even had members teaching 18th-century cooking to high school students. We still have the annual Hampton Holly Days Parade to pull off in December.

To show my appreciation personally as the Captain to the members that contributed well beyond the call of duty sacrificing their time and resources I awarded a number of them each a timepiece at our yearly crew period dinner on November 18, 2017. The timepieces were in black chrome which I felt was most appropriate for pirates. Those that received their timepieces at the dinner were:
Amanda Gundry
Carlee Stutesman
Chris Carlson
Christopher Strum
David Vaught
Jesse Gundry
Mark Fitzsimmons
Michelle Montanaro
Russ Mosher
Stephanie fitzsimmons
Thomas Walling
Tony Dziadul
William Wood
Tyler Bielenberg
John Roderick

I intend to award a few more as I’m able to Shanghai be eligible and worthy members. There is no greater honor an old pirate can have than being the leader of such a fine group of people. I truly appreciate their service and dedication to our organization. We also have numerous other incredible members within our ranks and a number of new people in their piratical training phase that have worked very hard this year contributing to our goal of being the finest living history group anywhere. I truly feel that there is nothing that we cannot accomplish in the living history arena.
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The Members of Blackbeard’s Crew Incorporated had a very busy year for 2017. We had members sailing to all points of the compass entertaining and educating the public. Events for 2017 included the Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival requiring numerous crew member appearances for the festival such as TV spots & commercials, many committee meetings, trailer workdays, city Council raids and many other appearances. The members fed more than 200 Pirates for two days, put together the best Pirates Grand Bash the world has ever seen and pulled off the greatest pirate Festival in history. The membership participated in little events such as Yorktown appearances, the Hampton soap box Derby, Bull Island Brewery and a block party or two in downtown Hampton. More trailer workdays, Virginia Beach Pirates on the beach, Port Royal, Beaufort and then nearly a full week and Kitty Hawk. Bluebird Gap Farm impersonating farmers in Hampton, the largest yearly Virginia Zoo event in Norfolk, The Hampton Cup Regatta, the Hampton Convention Center for a statewide convention of Parks and Recreation professionals. We even had members teaching 18th-century cooking to high school students. We still have the annual Hampton Holly Days Parade to pull off in December.

To show my appreciation personally as the Captain to the members that contributed well beyond the call of duty sacrificing their time and resources I awarded a number of them each a timepiece at our yearly crew period dinner on November 18, 2017. The timepieces were in black chrome which I felt was most appropriate for pirates. Those that received their timepieces at the dinner were:
Amanda Gundry
Carlee Stutesman
Chris Carlson
Christopher Strum
David Vaught
Jesse Gundry
Mark Fitzsimmons
Michelle Montanaro
Russ Mosher
Stephanie fitzsimmons
Thomas Walling
Tony Dziadul
William Wood
Tyler Bielenberg
John Roderick

I intend to award a few more as I’m able to Shanghai be eligible and worthy members. There is no greater honor an old pirate can have than being the leader of such a fine group of people. I truly appreciate their service and dedication to our organization. We also have numerous other incredible members within our ranks and a number of new people in their piratical training phase that have worked very hard this year contributing to our goal of being the finest living history group anywhere. I truly feel that there is nothing that we cannot accomplish in the living history arena.

Tuesday October 31st, 2017 - 10:04 pm

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Sunday October 29th, 2017 - 4:56 pm

The Pirates attend trade shows and conventions?
Yes, Members of Blackbeard’s Crew do attend trade shows and conventions!
Not only do they and trade shows and conventions.
They become the stars of the show and completely take over.
I believe the Blackbeard’s Crew is now known to all in the Virginia Recreation & Park Society.
Even Billy Bones!
youtu.be/ci6OPVRhLSYThe Pirates attend trade shows and conventions? Yes, Members of Blackbeard’s Crew do attend trade shows and conventions! Not only do they and trade shows and...
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Thursday October 26th, 2017 - 11:11 am

I have been getting many individual Instant Messenger and other request for clarification concerning this weekend. Trying to respond to each one individually is becoming just a little overwhelming for a computer challenge pirate so hopefully this posting will eliminate some of the confusion.

The real Blackbeard’s Crew and NONE of our Crew Members will be in Ocracoke this weekend. We realize that this is a disappointment for many of our followers especially those of you that have ventured to the island to be with us from the beginning when Blackbeard’s Crew first created the event.

The Official Blackbeard’s Crew, membership and our resources will be supporting the city of Hampton, Virginia with the much larger Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival on Saturday, October 28. The Hampton Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival sponsored by Hampton Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services is a family and children friendly event which is more in line with our organization’s core values as a 5013C nonprofit. There will be thousands of children in attendance in Hampton and it takes place in our own hometown.

The City of Hampton, the residents and the area businesses have treated us very well and have welcomed us with open arms since our creation in the year 2000. The Pirates shall always support and remain loyal to Hampton and we shall always remain committed to our family and children friendly core values.

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Bluebird Gap Farm Fall FestivalOct 28, 10:00amBluebird Gap FarmFarm-themed Arcade Games
Pumpkin Patch ($) – Pick your pumpkin, weigh it, name it, take it!
Punkin’ Chunkin’! – Use the trebuchets to sling pumpkins and hit the targets!
Apple Games
Live Entertainment
Tiny Tots Farming Area
Autumn Craft Beer and Farm Wine Varieties ($)
Hayrides
Huge Straw Mazes and Climbing Towers
Imagination Playground
Old-Fashioned Craft and Farm Vendors
Traditional Skill Demonstrations
Hands-On DIY for Kids & Adults
Raised Gardening
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Yvonne Williams

Tuesday October 24th, 2017 - 7:52 am

It is with the deepest regret and sorrow that I must report to the members of Blackbeard’s Crew and our many friends the crossing of the bar of one of our long-term crew members, Tj Bartruff.

Master Bart participated for many years in many aspects of the Blackbeard’s Crew operation and is credited with the creation of our original crew emblem and trademark. Master Bart’s contributions and dedication to Blackbeard’s Crew Incorporated will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Apple and the rest of Master Bart’s family.

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Sorry to hear this. My condolences to you all.

My deepest sympathy 💗

So sorry - praying for family and friends

So very sorry for your heartbreaking loss. 💔💔💔

So sorry to hear this.

Condolences Cap'n.

I send my hugs and condolences 💜💜💜💜💜

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Blackbeard Pirate Festival

Monday October 23rd, 2017 - 9:23 pm

Each year the City of Hampton ushers in the fall season at the Bluebird Gap Farm Festival. The festival offers a variety of children’s activities, hayrides and much more. Entry and activities are free, and food vendors and pumpkins are available for purchase. This year the members of Blackbeard’s Crew will be in attendance to spice things up. However you may have to look twice to see us. We will be Pirates undercover disguised as farmers. But even Pirates disguised as farmers are Pirates at heart.

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Bluebird Gap Farm Fall FestivalOct 28, 10:00amBluebird Gap FarmFarm-themed Arcade Games
Pumpkin Patch ($) – Pick your pumpkin, weigh it, name it, take it!
Punkin’ Chunkin’! – Use the trebuchets to sling pumpkins and hit the targets!
Apple Games
Live Entertainment
Tiny Tots Farming Area
Autumn Craft Beer and Farm Wine Varieties ($)
Hayrides
Huge Straw Mazes and Climbing Towers
Imagination Playground
Old-Fashioned Craft and Farm Vendors
Traditional Skill Demonstrations
Hands-On DIY for Kids & Adults
Raised Gardening
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