LETTERS: With swagger but no stagger, pirates put on a delightful fest

To Ozaukee Press:

I don’t like huge crowds with a relentless stream of sweaty, drinking festival-goers and really loud, really bad bands playing yet another rendition of “Brown-Eyed Girl” and “Margaritaville.”  

I never met a festival I liked . . . until last weekend.

Pirate Fest was just my cup o’ grog.

I attended with my husband, daughter and granddaughter, 8-year-old Marina,  who came dressed in a swaggering pirate costume with a parrot on her shoulder and sword at her side.

Marina’s a skinny thing, but grew 10 times her size in boots and pirate gear.

And when she won the kids’ pirate costume contest? Well, let’s just say she casts a long, tall shadow and thoroughly enjoyed spending her $5 gift certificate at Coco Lena on a gigantic lollipop.

We absolutely loved the acts.

Bluebeard was our favorite.

He knew just how to handle children, from shy to exuberant, making each feel special and funny.

We’re all fans of aerial acts, and were blown away with Knotty Bits. 

Shandini the pirate magician and Alice Wilson, as the living statue mermaid, were quirky and professional.

And thank you to the Courtesan and the Cabin Boy for singing delightful shanty songs without a hint of “Brown-Eyed Girl” or “Margaritaville.”

Applause! Applause! to whomever selected these acts.

Too many festivals have tents full of buy-sell “junque.”

Not Pirate Fest.

Marina spent one and a half months of allowance on a felt pirate hat she created with feathers and medallions.

I bought a pirate flag with a bloody sword and pirate bandana for our dog.

We were happy campers.

If there were drunken festival-goers, I guess they were confined to the beer tent, because I saw only pirate swagger, not stagger.

Pirate Fest is just the kind of entertainment that makes Port Washington distinctive and authentic, and endears my new city to me more and more.

Please, Port Washington, do this again next year

Barbar Joosse
Port Washington



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