Friday, January 27, 2023

Pirates set to invade Yorktown this month — and host events for your weekend pleasure

Children can participate in pirate school as part of Pirates Invade Yorktown later this month. (WYDaily/Courtesy York County)
Children can participate in pirate school as part of Pirates Invade Yorktown later this month. (WYDaily/Courtesy York County)

Calling all landlubbers: Pirates are coming to Yorktown this month.

Pirates will invade Riverwalk Landing and the Watermen’s Museum April 27 and 28 as Yorktown and its guests are transported back to the “Golden Age of Piracy,” Visit Yorktown wrote in a news release.

There will be events for visitors and residents of all ages, including a visit by Norfolk-based sailboat, the Virginia; pirate activities such as a pirate trial, pirate school and tour of a pirate encampment; sails aboard the Schooner Alliance; a treasure hunt for children; and more.

Like last year, there will be a pirate costume contest.

Children and their families can enter by uploading photos of themselves in pirate costumes into the comments of a pinned post on the Visit Yorktown Facebook page during the pirate weekend.

The photos must have certain backdrops, including dock entrance (in front of Schooner banner), on the piers or Riverwalk with the ships in the background, in front of Patriot Tours & Provisions, in front of the Water Street Grille fountain or anywhere at the Watermen’s Museum.

One child and one adult entry will be selected as contest champions. The children winner will receive a Pirate Adventure Cruise ticket, and the adult winner will get a one-hour complimentary Segway tour.

All brick-and-mortar restaurants will be open in Historic Yorktown, as well as several food trucks including The Hungry Pug, Kathi’s Clam Chowder, Boyd’s Tasty Dogs, and Fish Food by Uncle Russ.

Some restaurants will offer grab-and-go picnic lunches; others have pirate-themed menus.

The Pirates Invade Yorktown event is sponsored by the Riverwalk Landing Business Association, York County Arts Commission, York County Tourism and Watermen’s Museum.

For more information and the schedule of events, visit the Visit Yorktown website.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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