Bicentennial Naming of Pirates Bay, Weekend Cellebrations

” Thank you and photos. “

What a long weekend! The Pirates of PIrates Bay Bicentennial Commemoration Weekend – the like of which hasn’t been seen at Eaglehawk Neck for a very long time.
An event or three to interest everyone! The letter box and house decorating competition produced inventive and colourful displays.
Mayor Kelly Spaulding opened the proceedings with a Welcome to Country.
He then announced the Australia Day awards. Community members baked scones and a delicious Devonshire tea was served after the Opening.
The afternoon tea was followed by history presentations made to a full house. Fascinating and true stories of convicts and free settlers in the early 1800s were told by four local historians.
The stories included the wild tale of the pirates who stole the Seaflower and gave Pirates Bay its name.
There was a full house attendance again for the performances on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon of The Pirates, The Unknown Cannibals And The Man Who Changed His Feathers.
The play, co-written by Daniela Brozek, James Parker and Sue Benner was an absolute blast with a brilliant script, singing, dancing and much fun. Local musician Ali Hart provided a stirring musical score.
Local actors trod the boards in the large marquee borrowed from the Koonya Garlic Festival Committee.
The Lufra Hotel hosted the Pirate’s Ball on Saturday night. People arrived in spectacular Pirate costumes, downed rum cocktails, and danced to live band, Barrelhouse, outside under the marquee until late.
A tasty supper was provided by the Lufra Hotel.
The Sunday Pirate’s Market saw hundreds of people coming and going throughout the day.
Many were costumed and attendees took full advantage of the well-stocked stalls and food outlets.
Other activities included a local history display in the Hall, a Children’s Treasure Hunt and live entertainment by Michelle Pears, free rum balls, a live mermaid, wooden boat display and a real Pirate Parrot.


” It was a great success! “

We would like to thank a number of people and organisations.
Premier Peter Gutwein, Member of Lyons and Opposition Leader Rebecca White, Tasman Council , Eaglehawk Neck Community and Hall Committee, Lufra Hotel, Rotary Club of Tasman Peninsula, Lyons Club of Tasman Peninsula, Tasman Forestier Arts Association, Tasman Rural Youth, Tasman SES, Bangor Vineyard Shed, Murdunna Roadhouse, Doo Lishus, Port Arthur Lavender Farm /Chocolate Factory, Port Arthur Historic Site, McHenry’s Distillery, Nubeena Pharmacy, Helena Swift, Kerrie Smith ( The Good Pirate )
Terry & Marilyn Wilson, Rod Keen, James Parker, Daniella Brozek, Alan Andrews, Dianne Snowden, Malcolm Ward, Craig Brown, Madeleine & Stuart Habib, Ted Leeson, Sallie Creese, John Gardiner, Jill Pierce, Jess Dallas, The Red Coats, the Sea Shanty Singers Cate and Chris and friends, Tony Watson, the Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania,
ABC Radio 936 and our local Radio Station for their air- time and the Tasman Gazette for their coverage.
An enormous thank you to the Windeward Bound for your presence in Pirates Bay. What a great backdrop, along with the Pirate silhouette in Eaglehawk Bay, to the festivities!
Photos of the Ball ( all attendees ) and Market, taken by professional photographers, @RebeccaThomson , Catherine Pettman and Phillip Hallam, will be ready to be viewed soon.
Congratulations to all people who received prizes.
Thank you everyone for being part of the weekend, and for all the fantastic feedback we have received after the event. It takes a whole community to make such a successful event.
We, the Co-Creators, of this Pirates of Pirates Bay Celebration, have enjoyed, and were inspired by, the growing enthusiasm and community spirit over the ten months of planning.
Due to the success of the pirate weekend activities, there is talk of ‘Pirates Bay Day’ celebrations becoming a regular event! If you missed the fun don’t worry the pirates may just be in the bay again next January!

” We live in a Pirate’s Paradise! “

Heather Henri 0418 576 489
Ruth Moon 0417 506 195
Gathering in the big marquee for the Weekend opening
Jenny, Marilyn and Terry at the History display on Pirate’s market day
Ruth and Keith Moon helped to organise the History talks and display
History presentations were given by Malcolm Ward, Diane Snowden, James Parker and Craig Brown

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