Friday, January 27, 2023

Arrrr! Pirates will invade Yorktown this weekend — and you’re invited

Kids can participate in pirate school as part of Pirates Invade Yorktown this weekend on the Yorktown waterfront. (Courtesy photo/York County)

Avast, ye mateys! The golden age of piracy returns to Yorktown this weekend as those marauders of the high seas invade Riverwalk Landing and the Watermen’s Museum.

Attendees can visit a pirate encampment, attend a pirate school, tour a tall ship, witness a pirate trial and participate in other activities from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Guests can test their sea legs when they sail the waters of the York River with Captain Mayhem on the Pirate Adventure Cruise, where pint-sized recruits can help raise the sails, tie knots and steer the ship.

While the pirate event is free, all sails aboard the schooners Alliance and Serenity require paid tickets. For reservations call (888) 316-6422.

The schooner Virginia also will be making a port call in Yorktown for the invasion. The schooner, which is a reproduction of the last tall vessel built for the Virginia Pilot Association, will be open for free tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The original Virginia sailed from 1917 to 1926, training apprentices in seamanship and navigation.

Children will have the opportunity to collect coins, jewels and other booty at various businesses and attractions as part of a townwide treasure hunt. Parents are asked to check in at the Freight Shed to collect a treasure map where “X” marks the spot at Watermen’s Museum gift shop, Patriot Tours & Provisions, Yorktown Onion, Viccellio Goldsmith, Yorktown Bookshop, Auntie M’s American Cottage, schooner Virginia and the Gallery at York Hall.

Kids can keep their treasures or trade them in for a small prize at the end of their visit at the tent behind the Freight Shed.

New this year is a pirate costume contest with a social media twist. Invasion attendees are encouraged to take photos of themselves dressed in costume in front of specific backgrounds and upload them to Visit Yorktown’s Facebook page. Qualifying backdrops include the dock entrance (in front of schooner banner), on the piers or Riverwalk with the ships in the background, in front of Patriot Tours & Provisions, or in front of the Water Street Grille fountain. One child and one adult winner will be chosen.

The child winner will receive a Pirate Adventure Cruise ticket (with an accompanying adult ticket), from Yorktown Sailing Charters. The two tickets may be redeemed through the end of the sailing season.

The adult winner will get a one-hour Segway tour from Patriot Tours & Provisions.

For a complete schedule of events, click the Pirates Invade Yorktown Facebook event page.

Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, the York-Poquoson Courthouse, the York County Administration Building and other designated public lots. The complimentary, wheelchair accessible Yorktown Trolley is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bryan DeVasher
Bryan DeVasher
Bryan DeVasher is the managing editor-digital of WYDaily. A resident of Hampton Roads for more than two decades, he has worked for news organizations in Virginia, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. He most recently was a member of the public relations staff for Virginia State Police.

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