Enfield Green hosts Pirate Faire for kids

By Samantha Figueroa - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Wed., Sep. 4, 2013
Captain Jack Sparrow (Berry) making off with Mermaid (Chelsea Cayer) at the Enfield Pirate Faire and Kids First fundraiser. Photos by Samantha Figueroa.
Captain Jack Sparrow (Berry) making off with Mermaid (Chelsea Cayer) at the Enfield Pirate Faire and Kids First fundraiser. Photos by Samantha Figueroa.

On Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, the Enfield Green was assailed by buccaneers, mermaids, pirate princesses and assorted scallywags - and those were just the families that showed up to see the shows and interact with the colorful cast of pirates at the Enfield Pirate Faire and Kids First fundraiser.

A slice of sea fairing history with spectacular flair, the Enfield Pirate Faire brought together historical demonstrations as well as fun-filled entertainment. Thunderous booms from the cannon demonstrations put on by The Black Rose II Privateer re-enactment camp mingled with the merry singing of minstrels. Spectators meandered the green interacting with a crew of pirates featuring characters based on real-life ne’er-do-wells such as Captain Kidd, Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

In addition to the weapons demonstrations of the Black Rose II and the blacksmithing demonstrations of Mauraders Ironworks, entertainment included music from singing mermaids to the tribal warrior band Cu Dubh. Variety acts included a dazzling magic and fire-eating show, comedy sketches and a raucous comedy sword fight show for the whole family.

“It’s a family show for certain,” said Brian Harvard, one of the owners of the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, which put on the Enfield event.

Special children’s entertainment included a children’s costume contest hosted by Anne Bonny and Mary Read, as well as a “Secret Villains Meeting” with Captain Kidd, where kids learned to dance like pirates with Smee and chortle like villains with Captain Hornagold.

Children were also encouraged to join the pirate crew of Captain Black Sam Bellame and Anne Bonny, learning how to laugh in the face of danger and receiving instructions on how to be good pirates. After explaining that pirates lived by a set of codes, the children were asked what rules they thought pirates should follow. Along with suggestions to “Dress appropriately” and “Have no zombie pirates,” 7-year-old Cecilia added that “Pirates should be nice to kids!”

A hardy band of pirates known as the New England Brethren of Pirates shared Cecilia’s philosophy. An intrepid crew of professional costumers, re-enactors and entertainers, the New England Brethren of Pirates is devoted to helping charities, such as Kids First and Make-A-Wish, through various entertainment events and mischief-making.

“We do a lot of charity work,” said N.E.B.P. member Brandon Berry, who traversed the faire and hosted nautical carnival games. “We entertain and cause mayhem.”

“I can’t stress enough what a godsend the Connecticut Renaissance Faire has been for us,” says Enfield Councilman Tom Arnone and head of the Kids First organization in Enfield, a non-profit organization that provides for the welfare of the local youth. Current projects for Kids First include building new basketball courts and offering conflict resolution, sports programs and educational job courses.

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