The Pirates are Coming, The Pirates are Coming!
Savannah Georgia, a beautifully adorned historical town, has surely been influenced by the media! But, then again, what town hasn’t? Eye patches, bloody Jolly Roger flags, velvet buccaneer hats adorned with high feathers, sharp daggers and cutlass, skull and bone head scarfs, jagged edged black gaucho pants, shimmering chains of gold coins, tasseled black boots, waist sash or laced corset, cascading ruffled shirts, and braided beards abound this time of year . Out of daily life they emerge; lad, lassie or old salt; a privateer or pirate at heart.
Pirate movies have been around for many years; from the old black and white film in 1924 entitled The Buccaneers (Hall Roach), Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd in 1952 (Alex Gottlieb), The Goonies in 1985 (Spielberg), Peter Pan in 1997 (Marc Bauman) to The Pirates of the Caribbean in 2003, 2006 and 2007 (Jerry Bruckheimer). Avast! Many women swooned for Jack Sparrow and all the female swooning created a desire in many men to be Jack Sparrow! Indeed, movie media has had an impact!
However, another form of media has pushed along the “pirate” theme in Savannah. Robert Louis Stevenson mentions Savannah several times in his book Treasure Island (1883). Treasure Island is a novel about the pirate Captain Flint, “the bloodthirstiest buccaneer that ever lived”. There has been debate as to if the story is one of fiction or nonfiction as Stevenson does mention people and events that were real. Of course, the residents of Savannah will tell you that the story was real and that Captain Flint died in the Pirate House on Broad Street. The Pirate House, now a restaurant, displays portion of the book. There are many tales and ghost stories surrounding the Pirate House including that Captain Flint appears in ghostly form on a regular basis. The restaurant still has portion of an underground tunnel intact. This tunnel is said to have been the route of pirates from their ship to the “tavern” and back again, often with stolen loot and people.
Celebrating with Festivals
The people of Savannah do enjoy celebrating and celebrating their pirate spirit is no exception. Swashbucklers of all ages made their way down to Tybee Island to participate in the 6th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest! The festival, held on October 8 – 10, 2010, consisted of the Pirate Victory Parade, children’s activities, costume contest, life entertainment, grog and grub! The festival was named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events in October 2009. Will it make those ranks again this year?
If you missed the festival on Tybee Island, don’t get all “addled”! Halloween is just around the corner. Get that velvet hat and ruffled shirt out and ready to go! If you need an update to your pirate costume or simply need a new one, remember to shop locally. Garden city is the host city to a great costume store; Acme Costumes. They offer rentals if you do not wish to purchase a costume.