By Noelle H. Lowery
Pirates, buccaneers and swashbucklers, all roamed the gulf waters and mangrove swamps of Southwest Florida during what historians dubbed the “Golden Age of Piracy” between the 1650s and 1730s. In their wakes, they left tall tales of buried treasures, treachery amongst thieves and battles with Spanish and English sea captains.
Swords will clash. Treasure will be found, and the Jolly Roger will fly high once again on Saturday, Jan. 25, in celebration of the Second Annual Pirate Day at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Marauders and scalawags will be on hand for pirate-themed arts and crafts, face painting, pirate songs and treasure hunts 11 AM-2 PM. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite pirates to win prizes from the “booty” station.
While the Marco Island Historical Museum is the only museum in the Collier County system to host a Pirate Day, each individual museum hosts its own unique annual events.The idea for Marco’s Pirate Day developed two years ago when county museum officials were planning their 2013 year-long calendar of events commemorating “Viva Florida 500.”
Other museum system events include: Collier County Museum’s 25th Annual Old Florida Festival, March 8-9; Naples Depot Museum’s Antique Auto Show on March 22, National Museum Day on Sept. 27, and the USO Show on Veterans Day (Tuesday, Nov. 11); and The Museum of the Everglades’ 10th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival, Feb. 18-22.
For more information on Pirate Day at the Marco Island Historical Museum, please call 239-642-1440. To find out more about the events at all Collier County museums, go to www.colliermuseums.com.