Pirates Invade Historic Cold Spring Village on Seafarers’ Weekend, Aug. 26-27

Ahoy, matey! Historic Cold Spring Village invites you to celebrate the maritime culture and history of the Jersey Cape at Seafarers’ Weekend on Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will feature pirates, music and family fun. The Village buildings will also be open, featuring historically clothed interpreters who demonstrate the trades, crafts and lifestyles of Early America.

“From the mid-1600s to the present day, the country continues to thrive on its relationship with the sea. It began in the 1600s with whaler yeoman and continues today with fishermen that support the commercial fishing industry. Cape May County is one of the largest fishing ports on the East Coast. The surrounding sea also provides a water playground for recreational fishermen who delight in spending hours at the sport,” said HCSV Executive Director Anne Salvatore. “It’s important we celebrate that and present the history to our visitors.”

Valhalla’s Pirates will join the event, bringing thrilling fight scenes both days. Captain Black and his crew will also meet with guests throughout the day to take pictures and tell tales of the sea. The Sea Dogs Maritime Band, an authentic maritime reenactment crew, will perform sea chanties on both Saturday and Sunday at the Village Gazebo. Jersey Devil Productions will be back to dazzle and bewitch visitors old and young alike with their fire dancing prowess. Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley will be in the Welcome Center spinning yarns about her sea-loving ancestors.

Children should be on the lookout for gold coins hidden throughout the Village that can be redeemed for a free treat in the Country Store! Boatswain Laurence needs your help to locate a notorious pirate that was forced into hiding. Join in on the scavenger hunt to victoriously flush and bring the scurvy scoundrel to justice!

This event is generously sponsored by Sunset Liquors and Ocean Club Hotel.

The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner’s Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. Visit the Country Store, Bakery, Ice Cream Parlor, Shepherds Hook, Cold Spring Brewery and Cold Spring Grange Restaurant. For more information on events, membership, volunteering or booking private affairs, please call (609) 898-2300 ext. 10 or visit the Village website at www.hcsv.org.