One thing’s for sure about Greater Jacksonville.
Just when you think you’ve seen the weirdest combination of consequent events in one weekend, you get a jolt of reality.
Because GreaterJax™ can always get just a little bit weirder.
Take this weekend, for instance.
It’s Veterans Day, so it’s okay for pirates to gather and invade St. Augustine.
And the Meese’s annual Veterans Day Chili Cook-Off is actually sanctioned by the International Chili Society.
Avast, Ye Hearties!
It’s an interesting weekend for the Light House Maritime Program (LAMP) to choose to help kids learn about the history of St. Augustine by massing fake pirates to launch a fake attack on the Old City just in time for Veterans Day.
Ostensibly, LAMP’s mission is to engage our community and provide even more opportunities to learn more about maritime history by investigating and interpreting the past.
Maybe it’s an excuse for a party, and maybe it’s both. You can judge for yourself starting this afternoon.
Here’s What The Pirates Gonna Do
The Pirate Gathering runs Friday-Sunday at Francis Field in St. Augustine.
Here’s a run-down of events:
Friday, November 9: Admission: $2
- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Large variety of Living History Demonstrations with incredible characters, all for ”A-Buck-An-Ear” $2.00
- 3 p.m. – Gates open to the public
- 5-11 p.m. – Historic Maiden’s Pub on Francis Field: Live music, beer and as always rum. Take a load off and sit back and enjoy the company of fellow sea dogs spending their hard earned moolah.
- 7 p.m. – Historic Pub Crawl: Take a walk back in time through the Old City and visit several pubs. Meet at the Drop Anchor Tavern on Francis Field under the big tent. Pirate costumes welcome.
Saturday, November 10: Admission: $2
- 9 a.m. – Gates open for the Pirate Gathering.
- 11 a.m. – Privateers Parade: Pirate krewes take to the streets for revelry and a parade of ships.
- 12:30 p.m.-ish – Pirate Land Battle: Orange Street beside the Bayfront and the Huguenot Cemetery. Sword fights, cannon and pistols. Then head back to Francis Field for music, entertainment and LOADS of piratical treasure at the Thieves Market .
- 5 p.m. – The Buccaneer Bash. To attend this private party, you must be 21 older an have a ticket. Visit pirategathering.com for more information.
- 6 p.m. – Letters of Marque: Presented by St. Augustines’ own Royal Family.
- 6: 30 p.m. – Entertainment
- 7 p.m. – Costume judging
Sunday, November 11: Admission: $2
- 9 a.m. – Gates open again for the Pirate Gathering
- 10:30 a.m. – Pirate Court: Rowdy pirates are brought to justice.
- 3 p.m. – The Gathering shall close and all pirates shall return to the high seas until next year, when the fair winds blow them back ashore.
St. Augustine Pirate Gathering
- Fri., Nov. 9-Sun., Nov. 11
- Admission: $2 each day
- Francis Field
- 29 Castillo Dr.
- St. Augustine, Fla.
- Email: email@example.com.
About the Light House Maritime Program (LAMP)
LAMP’s programs give just plain folks the chance to work side-by-side with archeologists on real digs as they uncover more and more of St. Augustine’s history. To this end, they present public presentations, produce education materials and curate museum exhibits and have developed a shipwreck lesson plan for use in local public schools. Through the Lighthouse Maritime Camps, LAMP teaches local kids about the seas and St. Augustine’s history. LAMP started the first high-school underwater archaelogy program in the United States to introduce young people to marine science.
Meese Create International Incident
Chili Cooks, get in or get off the pot.
The World Chili Cookoff stops at Moosehaven on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
If you’re into chili and want to compete on the circuit, you can’t afford to miss this International-Chili-Society-sanctioned event.
The winner of the International Chili Society divisions advances to Worlds.
Entry is FREE.
Judging begins at 11:00 a.m.
Awards Ceremony at 3:00 p.m.
Not Ready For Worlds?
The Peoples Choice division is open to everyone.
And There’s The Car/Bike Show
Twenty bucks enters your vehicle in the automotive show sponsored by Azalea City Cruisers from Palatka and Adamec Cycles Sales, third-generation Harley-Davidson® dealers.
Have Fun & Help The Wounderd Warrior Project
Proceeds from the chili cookoff and car/bike show benefit the Wounded Warrior Project that works to help military personnel make a peaceful and healthy transition to civilian life.
So the money you drop on food and bounce houses, your entry fees, raffle tickets, and the tchotchkes does great things AND you have some good, clean fun.
What a way to celebrate Veterans Day.
3rd Annual Moosehaven Chili CookOff
- A “Heart of the Community” Event Benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project
- Sat., Nov. 10, 7:20 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Admission: FREE & open to the public, entry into the concurrent car & bike show $20
- Moosehaven Campus
- 1701 Park Ave.
- Orange Park, Fla. 32073
- Phone: 904-278-1210
- E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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