I'll be the first to admit that I was skeptical. In fact, as I've mentioned, in the past we have left town the weekend of the Pirates and Wenches Festival. I had always heard how it was just an excuse to get drunk and party so, while I don't need an excuse, add a crowd and it just wasn't something that interested me.
This weekend we stayed and had a blast. True, it really is an excuse for the town to party with a theme, but whatever. Perhaps things are different at night after the pub crawls, but Saturday afternoon we had a fun couple of hours watching the activities at the beach where the dinghy race ended. Music, lots of people in costume (mostly not historically correct I found out), vehicles decorated with pirate gear and odd mechanical contraptions that had me imagining steam punk, food, kids having fun.
Saturday night it stormed so we decided not to trek to the harbor for the fireworks and concert. We figured it wasn't happening anyway. We made sure that our boat was stocked with food as the restaurants had no more reservations available months ago when I called.
Sunday morning we rode our bikes into the center of town and visited the vendors. I bought a giant pirate flag for next year's festival
We drank a mimosa and chocolate shakes and watched the sites and listened to the period music.
We just made it to Muskrat Alley on Sunday morning for our crab quiche before they ran out of food.
Then the parade of boats out of Swan Creek started. It's amazing how many boats can get packed in back there.
A very nice time that we hope to repeat. Maybe the trick to enjoying the weekend is not to go out after dark.