We are steadily focused on preparations for the SIXTH Annual NOLA Pyrate Week – bringing ye even more adventure than before! As ye may know, NOLA Pyrate Week was created to serve two main functions:
To give back to New Orleans & Louisiana by volunteering time and energy to rebuilding, restoring and preserving/promoting the communities and culture that have been loved by so many for generations. Sharing the history o’ this unique region with all who will listen.
To gather all manner o’ scallywags, rogues, rapscallions & rascals (and a large contingent o’ landlubbers) together for 10 days to discover the true nature o’ New Orleans & Louisiana while enjoying food, drink, entertainment, events and camaraderie!
All o’ this continues to be accomplished by volunteers, taking no profit and with the assistance o’ many Community groups, Businesses and other folk throughout Louisiana (and o’ course all those who share the info around the world). We’ve helped build houses, plant trees, clean Bayous, entertain seniors & children and raise awareness for a variety o’ causes & communities…and having a grand time with our mates besides!
While we always start off this adventure in the Vieux Carré o’ New Orleans starting March 28th, we also journey to other important and interesting places related to Pyrate history – especially the Bayous o’ South Louisiana! This coming spring we return again to visit our mates in Houma on Sat. April 5, for a special “Pyrate Day” – with activities, events, historical displays, live music, artisans and more…further details will be forthcoming. This is a beautiful and historic area and we strongly recommend ye spend a couple o’ days at least to take it all in – food, culture, music, wetland tours, fishing and more!
Clean off yer boots, sharpen yer wit, fill yer pouch with gold and join us for the grandest (and longest) week o’ the year; NOLA Pyrate Week! Take what ye can, GIVE something back!™
September 19th is on the horizon – International Talk Like A Pirate Day (as if ye didn’t know)…and it seems our mate Ol’ Chumbucket (who, in league with our mate Cap’n. Slappy is co-founder o’ the aforementioned Day) has been busy since moving back to land (in a secret location somewhere near New Orleans, Louisiana).
Apparently a meeting o’ rogues in some dark tavern, somewhere on the border between Louisiana and Mississippi, Ol’ Chumbucket had a parley with our musical mate Tom Mason and The Blue Buccaneers (someone left ‘em on a cold beach once…they never quite recovered). The result, o’ said parley? What else, but several tankards o’ Rum…and a rollicking good theme song for International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Enjoy!
With more’n 54 pages o’ full colour, original artwork, not only is this a learnin’ type book, it’s a tale o’ Pyrate adventure in search o’ knowledge and treasure – two o’ our favourite things! So much fun, even the powder monkey’s won’t realize they’re learnin’ somethin’ valuable!
The book will be available finely bound in hard cover as well as a digital edition – so ye can read it anywhere. Suitable for kids o’ all ages – be they landlubbers or seadogs! We know some o’ ye need to practice yer reading (support the book and yer secret is safe with us, savvy?); so dig into the treasure chest and pull out a few doubloons to support Luke’s quest to educate with something worth reading (and be quick about it, if Luke doesn’t meet his goal he could be pressed into the Navy)!
* Luke Ahearntruly wants to be a Pyrate. In the meantime, he’s a writer & artist (graphic novels, playing cards, iPad games), builds animatronic props, has over 20 years in the computer video game industry (designer, producer, art director, writer).
Our New Orleans mate Larry Henley has been severely injured in a traffic accident – head trauma, skull fracture, memory loss (and other scrapes & bruises). He was in Intensive Care for three days and the Med. Staff were not sure he’d be OK…thankfully he’s a tough ol’ Pyrate! He’s a grand fellow and a fine photographer. His day job doesn’t pay a lot and he’ll be off work for some weeks. Crewmember Dawn “Sureshot” Carl is doing what she can to help him recover and cover medical expenses.
Larry was riding his bike home from work in the rain, when a lady, getting out of her car, opened her door without looking. Larry slammed into the car door and was thrown off his bike and into the street, resulting in a skull fracture. He was brought into ER with bleeding on his brain, and was in ICU for three days. Two of them on a ventilator. He is now out of ICU, but appears to have some balance problems, and some short term memory problems. He will recover..but in the meantime this will be a huge financial setback for him, when he was just starting to get ahead again. He has no insurance through his work, and his medical bills will be through the roof. He will be unable to return to work for two to three weeks, and as a person living paycheck to paycheck this really will cause him to have no money for rent/food/etc in addition to the medical bills. We will go through the normal channels to see what help the hospital can offer in the way of financial assistance, however, based on his past income, we know they won’t cover all of it. Larry also has no family, except those of us who choose to help a friend because sometimes, it’s the just the thing to do. As his roommate, I am reaching out to others to see if we can lend him a hand.
Carolyn Scofield o’ Fox 8 News (WVUE, New Orleans) took a trip to Bayou Dularge to interview our mate Rickey Verrett (aka ‘Bayou Fabio’) – WVUE has now also dubbed him “The Don of Dularge”. It’s a great segment – 7 minutes in a newscast is spectacular – and a great look at Rickey’s work; including a bit with Dr. Allyse Ferrar (Nicholls State University) who studies Garfish and credits Rickey for sharing his knowledge.
Good thing Rickey’s such a humble chap or all this praise & publicity might go to his head!