Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Pirate's Life for Me-Fun Things to Do in Myrtle Beach for Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Hoist the Jolly Roger and prepare for Talk Like a Pirate Day!  It’s coming up on September 19 and how do you plan to celebrate this important holiday?  Of course you’ll talk like a pirate, but why stop there?  South Carolina has a rich pirate history so, naturally, you’ll find many pirate-themed activities in Myrtle Beach. Click subtitles for Google Map directions from Plantation Resort.

At Pirate’s Voyage, every day is Talk Like a Pirate Day.  One of our favorite pirate-y things to do is see the Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show.  You’ll love the swashbuckling buccaneers who perform incredible acts of acrobatics and sword fighting and enjoy a hearty seafaring meal.

Shipwreck Island Golf –Test yourself against a variety of buccaneer challenges—mini golf style.  You’ll see shipwrecks, blood-thirsty sharks and luckily you won’t have to worry about walking the plank, just getting a hole in one.

Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf—Take a fantasy golf adventure into Never-Never Land. Play either of their two 18-hole courses, Hooks or Lost Boys. Beware of the roving pirates, animated crocodiles and secret caverns. You can even walk through a smoking 15 foot skull. Go ahead…the Captain dares you!

Krispy Kreme makes this holiday super sweet!
Krispy Kreme conjures a true pirate party.  They offer a free donut to anyone who saunters in talking like a pirate and they’ll give a dozen glazed donuts to anyone dressed head to toe in pirate garb (for more info on what counts as pirate garb, click here).  And lucky for you, it's only 3 miles from Plantation Resort.

Drunken Jacks-This Murrells Inlet restaurant not only serves up delicious food but also an exciting pirate legend.  In the early 1600s, Blackbeard stopped to drop off a load of hijacked rum on an island in Murrells Inlet.  The pirates buried most of the rum but enjoyed a raucus night of boozing before falling into a drunken stupor.  The next morning they set sail, completely forgetting about their old friend Jack, who was still sleeping off the night before.  By the time they remembered Jack, they were already caught in battle and had to run far out to sea.  It was 2 years before they could return to the island for their rum and their friend.  When they arrived, they found 32 empty casks of rum scattered along the beach before they found the bones of old Jack.  Hence the name “Drunken Jack.”  Come enjoy great food and be a part of legend.

Pirate Adventures—Board the pirate ship, Sea Gypsy, and get caught up in this real life adventure.  Be amazed as their crew taps into the wonder of a child’s imagination.  Your child will be painted with a curly mustache or with an anchor tattoo, dressed with a lucky treasure hunting vest and marched off to the ship. Once aboard, the young pirates will use a treasure map to find the sunken treasure and defeat Pirate Pete.  See their website here.

Some tips for talking like a pirate

Double up on adjectives: Try saying something like” I’ll be needin’ a sweet, delicious donut from Krispy Kreme”, or “I be sailin’ away on my great, grand ship.”

Say Arr:  You can pretty much insert “Arr” anywhere you want in your sentence and it’s good.  “Arr, ye be wantin’ a hole in one or you’ll taste the cat o’nine tails.”

Slur your words:  Pirates enjoyed their alcohol and they weren’t super persnickety about elocution.

Gesticulate (for us common folk - wave your arms around): Pirates were animated sorts of people.  You’ll want to emphasize what you’re saying with your hands.

Pirate Vocabulary

Scallywag: An insult; to call someone untrustworthy.

Avast: Used to tell someone they need to stop what they’re doing and have a look at what you’re showing them.

Ahoy: A way to get someone’s attention.  Essentially “hello.”

Jolly Roger: The skull and crossbones symbol for pirates.

Cat O' Nine Tails: The special whip used to punish pirates; so called because of the multiple cords on the whip (usually 9) to more effectively mark some poor pirate’s back.

Davy Jones' Locker: The bottom of the sea; based on legends relating to Davy Jones and how he rules the bottom of the sea.  Putting someone into Davy Jone’s Locker meant throwing them overboard to their death.

Lily-livered:  An insult calling someone a coward.  It comes from the old belief that the liver was related to courage and if it was lily-colored (or pale) then it lacked blood, thus the organ most associated with courage was not vitalized with the flow of blood, making them a coward.

Me Hearty: A word for fellow shipmates.

Sprogs: New pirates that had not yet been trained on the ship.

Shiver Me Timbers: This phrase shows surprise or fear usually in a mocking way.  When the seas were rough, it would shake the wooden support beams of the ship, or the timbers, which was usually quite shocking.   The timbers would also shiver as canon balls punched through the ship and threw deadly splinters everywhere.

This September 19th, don’t let the opportunity pass you by to pull out your eye patch and let your inner pirate show.  Call 1-800-845-5039 to reserve your stay with us and celebrate pirate life in Myrtle Beach.

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