Buccaneers, swashbucklers, pirates, privateers ...
They all sailed "the
Spanish Main" during the days of frigates and sloops, brigs, schooners
The heyday of the buccaneers was from circa 1650-1725 when working
either individually or in great pirate fleets out of strongholds like Port Royal
Jamaica, they raided as far north as Canada and as far
south as Brazil and equatorial Africa. Their targets of choice were not only
Spanish treasure galleons and rich merchant vessels but also coastal towns and
cities in Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and the many small but valuable islands of
the Greater and Lesser Antilles chains of the Caribbean Sea. Though mainly a 17th
and 18th century phenomenon, piracy in the Caribbean did have a brief
resurgence around 1820 before disappearing.
Some swashbucklers operated legally, by commission, in time of war such as
the privateers (private vessels licensed by their government with a "letter of marque" to prey upon enemy commerce) which abounded during the naval wars
of the 1600s, the American
Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. Others were entirely outside the
law. Still others moved in and out of legality with ease as the circumstances
They were Englishmen, Scotsmen, Welshmen, Dutchmen,
Frenchmen, Spaniards, Portuguese, Danes, Americans, Indians and Africans. Some
were loyal to their king, some to their fellow buccaneers and some only to
themselves. Some had impeccable manners, some were implacable thugs. Now and
again they would gather and celebrate the success of a great raid from which
all returned laden with booty.
But in 2017 it will all be in good fun with We Make History's
annual Buccaneers' Ball!
Yohoho... Avast there matey... Pieces of eight,
pieces of eight... Dance a proper jig or walk the plank. Booty for all
and plunder a'plenty. Shiver me timbers and boarders away... A r r r r ...
We look forward to seeing ye shipboard ....
When: The evening of July 22nd, 2017 at 7PM with a
social time at 6:30PM. The Ball will conclude at about 10:30.
Where: The SE corner of Center St. & 1st Ave. in Mesa,
AZ in the fellowship hall
Fashion: Piratical or seafaring attire is
encouraged! Wear piratical or nautical attire or any historic attire
from the 1650s to the 1820s. Dress as a pirate, buccaneer, beachcomber, sailor,
naval officer, explorer or
castaway. Alternately dress modern but with piratical
touches such as a bandana over the head or an eye patch. Be creative! Have fun
Music will be lively and the dancing an
enjoyable mix of simple historic styles which we will teach. (After all, most pirates
probably didn't know much beyond a jig or two!)
Booty: There will be light refreshments.
Passes in Advance through July 19th cost only 1/2 the booty
of passes at the Ball!
17th Century prices in Advance by Post
By Mail we ask a contribution of $12.50 each. Advance requests must be received by
Wednesday, July 19th and must be accompanied by a check along with your name
and email address. Mail to We Make History, P.O. Box 1776,
Queen Creek, AZ 85142. (Your passes will be held under your name to
pick up when you arrive at the Ball.)
18th Century prices in Advance by PayPal
By PayPal we ask a contribution of $13.50 each plus a
small amount to cover postage. The PayPal
link will be available through July 19th. (Your passes will be held under
your name to pick up when you arrive at the Ball.)
Passes the evening of the Ball are full price!
At the Ball:
21st Century Prices at the Ball "Yaaaar!"
At the Ball we shall request a contribution of $25 per
What ship is that?
Required! Compulsory! Mandatory! All attending as pirates
must have a pirate name and be ready to say "A r r r r r r....."
If ye don't have a pirate name we'll assign on to ye on the spot! Arrrrrrrr!
The Buccaneers' Feast
In the Ships'
Galley immediately after the Ball.
("In n Out Burger" on Stapley just south of the US60)
We look forward to seeing ye shipboard.... but first...
Allow us to state the obvious.
of history were not nice people.
No one wants to recreate negative aspects of their behavior or activities in any
actual or literal sense.
But after 300 years of time passage, the
idea of a 17th or 18th century pirate has become a mere
caricature, a light hearted bit of play acting which many have a good time with.
For us the idea of the Buccaneers' Ball is simply to "open
things up a bit" with an unusual theme for our guests to enjoy and in which to
exercise their creativity and imaginations.
Join Ye Crew!
Seafarers sail in on the high tide
arriving in their most colourful garb for the merriment of the annual
Buccaneers' Ball. They hail from many charted lands -
as well as parts unknown. All captains have agreed to a truce for the
evening and laughter is heartily interspersed with tales of the sea.
With the sound of the fiddle, the telling
of sea tales is
abruptly finished, swords slip back into scabbards to be stowed safely
away and a cheerful chorus of ARRRRRRR accompanies the Buccaneers into the
Every year the editors of BQ (that's Buccaneers' Quarterly for you landlubbers)
are on hand to applaud established seafaring fashion icons while keeping a
"lookout" for new talent as well. Whether on gangplank or runway, strolling
the quarterdeck or pivoting on the catwalk these "Vogue Rogues" are making a
A R R R R R R R R R R R R R R !
Ahoy There! Read Our Ship's Standards.
We are grateful to our wonderful guests who make the effort with us to
create a special ambience and atmosphere of respect. We uphold these standards
out of regard for our much-appreciated friends and for the sake of the
integrity of our events.
1. The use of either tobacco or alcohol is prohibited.
2. Videotaping is not welcome other than by our house videographer. We work
hard to create a special and comfortable historic ambience that all will
enjoy. Discreet photography is welcome but please leave video equipment at
3. No unauthorized distribution of literature is allowed. Nor is this event
an opportunity to recruit persons for purposes either modern or historical.
Please allow all of our guests to enjoy the evening in peace. That is why they
4. Historical, Nautical or Piratical attire is
requested, either historic reproduction attire or at least a modern attempt at
5. Appropriate footwear is required. (i.e. historic footwear, dress shoes,
dancing slippers, ballet flats, etc.) Sandals and beachcombing type shoes are
allowed for the Buccaneers' Ball. For the sake of your safety as well as event ambience dancing
barefoot is impermissible.
6. We ask that one not enter to be an observer, chaperone or curiosity
seeker without having a ticket and being properly attired.
7. Please either order advance tickets by the publicized cut-off date (in
time to be mailed back to you) or be prepared to obtain your tickets at the
door (if available) for a higher amount. These events are publicized far in
advance in order to serve you well. They do sometimes fill up early.
8. We do not offer refunds or exchanges.
9. Our standard age policy is that ages 13 and up are welcome to
participate and that ages 8-12 may participate if parents deem them to be
sufficient in manners and maturity. The dress standards for these young ladies and gentlemen are the same
as those for adults. (Please see #4 above.)
10. Gracious and respectful conduct & conversation are expected of all, to
all and at all times.
11. We desire to be good stewards of the facilities we use, to treat them
with care and to leave them in at least as good of condition as when we
12. For the good of all, any who might consider themselves exempt from any
of the above may be asked to leave.
Please also see our “Etiquette
& Expectations” page.
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