Marco Island's Pirate Day a swashbuckling smash

Pirates Lola Green, left, Sebastian Green and Ava Fabian are ready to hunt for treasure at Marco Island Historical Museum’s Jan. 25 Pirate Day. 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Photo by Kathleen G. Tuttle

Pirates Lola Green, left, Sebastian Green and Ava Fabian are ready to hunt for treasure at Marco Island Historical Museum’s Jan. 25 Pirate Day. /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Argh matey, Saturday, Jan. 25 was picture perfect for The Marco Island Historical Museum’s Second Annual Pirate Day. Parents, grandparents, babies, toddlers and kids strolled the grounds in search of fun and treasure. Eight pirate-themed activities ranged from making paper parrots and make believe hooks to face painting and knot tying. The two most popular events, however, were the face painting and walking the plank to the treasure chest.

Children were given a treasure map and received a stamp upon completion of each craft. Once the map was filled they could choose their booty.

Families munched on popcorn and hot dogs as they enjoyed the warm Marco sunshine stopping to snap pictures of happy children; some wearing pirate outfits.

Along with many “yo, ho, hos”, was the word “amazing” repeated by two-year old Bertie Brown from London. He was there with his parents and grandparents on the last day of their Florida vacation.

Among the other visitors who ranged from the Midwest to Canada was Greta Ahlefeld from Maine. Last year she wore her face paint home on the plane and to school the next day and hopes to do so again this year.

“We love this, its well organized, with nice projects and age appropriate activities,” said Marco Islander Anne Troemner who attended with her grandson Tristin.

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