'A pirate's life for me'

Violet Orren and London Lamoureux test run the pirate lifestyle with costumes and replica weaponry from the pirate discovery table hosted by N.C. Maritime Museum volunteer Michael Aman Jr. Mr. Aman will be at the museum during the Beaufort Pirate Invasion Friday and Saturday. (Contributed photo)

The Beaufort Pirate Invasion will be taking over more than the downtown streets again this year.

The N.C. Maritime Museum will host special activities to coincide with the annual event, which starts Friday evening and continues through Sunday.

The museum, located at 315 Front St. in downtown Beaufort, will kick off the fun a little early, hosting a pirate movie, face painting, pirate discovery table and more throughout the day Friday and Saturday.

There will be three free showings of Disney’s “Treasure Island” (rated PG), which tells the story of young Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver.

Attendees are welcome to bring refreshments for the movie showings, which will be at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday.

The museum will also be handing out “Most Wanted” cards Friday and Saturday. Those who complete the scavenger hunt by finding a famous pirates depicted on the card will receive a prize from the museum treasure chest.

Other special activities – which will be held during the museum’s regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday – include free paper pirate hats, as well as face painting.

Volunteer Michael Aman Jr. will set up his pirate discovery table in the museum lobby both days. His interactive display includes replica weaponry, sample artifacts and costumes that can be tried on for pictures.

Mr. Aman will also share knowledge about piracy in general and some of the state’s most famous scallywags.

A conservator will also be on site in the Blackbeard Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit both days, working on artifacts from the ship and explaining the conservation process.

Admission to the museum is free, as are the special activities; however, donations are appreciated.

For more information on museum activities, call 252-504-7740 or visit ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.

For more information on the Beaufort Pirate Invasion, visit beaufortpirateinvasion.com.

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