5th Annual Salem Pirate Faire this weekend

SALEM ? You’re invited to a pirate wedding this weekend at Winter Island in Salem.But make no mistake about it, this is not your ordinary wedding; not when you have several female pirates vying for the hand of the infamous Captain Hook.The fifth annual Salem Pirate Faire promises swashbuckling fun for the entire family. The event is produced by Pastimes Interactive ? the producers of the King Arthur Festival, The Robin Hood Faire and Castle of the Damned.Revere resident David Stickney, who portrays Captain Hook, said the drama is a blend of history and legend.?It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “One is trying to get riches and the other is more interested in being Queen of the Pirates. My motivation to get married is I’m seeking the half of a treasure map one of the female pirates stole.”Stickney pointed out one of the female pirates trying to win his hand is Redemption Wall, who was the sister of a famous female pirate from what is now the City of Lynn.?Redemption is the sister of Rachel Wall,’ he said. “Rachel used to hang out at bar in Lynn and a tavern on what is now Marsh Road between Lynn and Revere. She was one of the last women pirates hanged.”And according to Stickney, even the infamous Captain William Kidd, who arrives at Winter Island and becomes embroiled in the search for treasure, had frequented establishments in Lynn.?Kidd was arrested in Boston and had Lynn roots,” he said. “It’s hard to tell where history ends and folklore begins. That’s what I love about it.”Last year’s Salem Pirate Faire was a huge hit. The Pastimes cast of talented performers drew attendees into the drama and revelry. Adults and children alike were spellbound as they watched the swashbuckling action. Children of all ages, may of whom were dressed in pirate costumes, joyfully scrambled over rocks as they participated in a treasure hunt led by pirates. Stickney said everyone is encouraged to come in costume.?Kids can join the pirate crew,’ he said. “We’re having costume contests and women can audition in public to be my bride.”In addition to the interactive theater and live music, the faire includes games of skill for all ages in “Cutthroat’s Corner” and some of New England’s top variety acts including fire-eaters, gypsies and storytellers. New this year is Roderick Russell, who is in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Stickney said Russell is one of only 50 sword swallowers in the world today.?He has an amazing talent,” Stickney said. “He takes a 24-inch steel sword and puts it down his gullet.”The Salem Pirate Faire is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and children under 4 are admitted free. Parking is available at Winter Island Park for $5 per car and parking is also available at Salem Willows. For directions to Winter Island visit the park website at www.salemweb.com/winterisland or call 978-745-9430.

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