Arr! Pirates invade Sylvan Beach

Pirates Weekend at Sylvan Beach


Pirates1Whether you’ve just earned your sea legs or you’re old enough to swig grog and rum, there’ll be something for every buccaneer at this weekend’s Pirates Weekend at Sylvan Beach.

The pirate-themed weekend begins Thursday with the live band The Fabulous Ripcords performing at 5:30 p.m. under the pavilion in the center of the beach town. Rumor has it a group of unruly pirate wenches may kidnap the Sylvan Beach mayor for ransom.

But the real debauchery begins at 7 p.m. Friday with The Best of the Beach Pirate’s Grog Pub Crawl where participants will crawl – er, stumble – to the participating bars and sample that bar’s signature pirate grog. But you won’t want to get too squiffy (that’s pirate speak for tipsy), because pub goers will have the chance to win by voting for their favorite grog via text message.

“This truly is a night for our 21 and older crowd,” said Jaime Lawlor, local sales manager at Cumulus Radio, one of the key planners and sponsors of the second annual event. “Last year, our participating bar owners said the pub crawl marked one of their most successful nights in decades, so it’s definitely a night not to be missed.”

But this event isn’t just for the rum-swilling kind. Wee buccaneers will appreciate family-friendly events Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday with Dollar General Pirate’s Booty Treasure Hunt. Gold-digging lads and lasses should gather at 15th Avenue to find buried gold coins to trade in for a prize in the treasure chest.

Other activities include pirate hat making, learning the tricks and secrets of being a pirate from Captain Jack Sparrow, and even the chance to march as a pirate in the Carbone Pirate Parade, where local businesses vie for the title of best pirate float. The day ends with a bonfire, s’mores and a fireworks show. (See complete event list below.)

Pirates4“This is really an ideal day for families, especially young families,” Lawlor said. “Sylvan Beach is known for being on the family-friendly side, and we want to see that grow positively for the community.”

Sunday will continue with family-friendly events, including a sand art competition, pirate family fishing derby and pirate jig Zumba at 11 a.m. Event planners didn’t forget about their 21 and older crowd. Select bars will serve signature bloody marys all day. One-ounce samples will be available to all pirates 21 and older.

All events are free, but Lawlor and organizers hope attendees support local businesses and vendors, including restaurants and the amusement park.

“There’s been a whole lot of dedicated volunteers giving their blood, sweat and tears to this event just to bring something great into this community,” Lawlor said. “We’re doing this for the betterment of the community, and we hope to see it continue to grow in a positive way.”


10 a.m. Dollar General Pirate’s Booty Treasure Hunt: Dig for a buried gold coin to redeem a prize in the treasure chest of toys on 15th Avenue.
10:30 a.m. Make Your Own Pirate Hat: Kids can decorate their own pirate hat and have their photo taken with Captain Jack in the photo booth.
Noon, Learn to be a Pirate with Captain Jack Sparrow:  Captain Jack is a certified pirate teacher and will show how to hold a sword, how to act, speak and fight like a pirate.
1 p.m. Carbone Pirate Parade:Parade with Captain Jack or watch while local businesses compete for the best pirate float which begins at the southern end of the beach and travels north along Park Avenue. Floats cross over to Route 13 to end near Cinderella’s.
2:30 p.m.: Enjoy music in the park from Ben Fiore. Or Dunk the Wench and raise money for the local fire department.
3 to 5 p.m.  Join the Utica Zoomobile in the park for a display of their zoo animals.

3:30 to 5:30 p.m. the EARTH Club (Electronic Archaeology Recovery Treasure Hunters) will teach attendees how to recover lost artifacts using metal detectors at the end of 13th Avenue. They’ll have metal detectors for the kids and lost ancient items they’ve uncovered during their journeys.
8:30 p.m. Family Bonfire and S’mores: 93Q will provide music overlooking the beach on 15th Avenue during bonfire and s’mores.
9 p.m. or nightfall Fireworks: visible anywhere from the beach.


10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sand Art Competition:
Participants of teams up to four must pre-register at You may have up to teams of four. Registration is limited and is first come first-served. Teams will be provided a pile of sand beginning at 10 a.m. and will have until 3 p.m. to create their masterpiece. Props and decorations are allowed.

Pirates2Pirate Family Fishing Derby: Register at East Shore Bait & Tackle and Bouf’s Bait & Tackle for this event.

11 a.m.: Pirate Jig Zumba: Join FlexAppeal‘s Annaliese Clements at the gazebo in the central park for a free pirate jig zumba class.

Pirate Lingo

Get ready for your Pirates Weekend by learning to speak like a pirate. This pirate lingo from will get you started.

Bumboo (or bumbo): A popular pirate drink made from rum, water, sugar and nutmeg or cinnamon.

Clap of thunder: A strong, alcoholic drink.

Grog: An alcoholic liquor, especially rum diluted with water. Admiral Vernon is said to have been the first to dilute the rum of sailors (about 1745.)

Nelson’s folly: Rum.

Nipperkin: A small cup or drink.

Ahoy: An interjection used to hail a ship or a person, or to attract attention.

Arr!: An exclamation.

Avast!: A command meaning stop or desist.

Aye (or ay): Yes; an affirmation.

Becalmed: The state of a sailing vessel which cannot move due to a lack of wind.

Blimey!: An exclamation of surprise.

Blow the man down: To kill someone.

– Cassaundra Baber
The Fuze Magazine

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