Museum of the Waxhaws docent Cathy Wright said The Brethren of Caroline are returning to the museum on June 15.They will be there 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors are welcome to enjoy these re-enactors who take on pirate personas.“Jean Lafitte will attend the event. He will ... address the group with history and stories of the high seas. Captain Barnacle Bill Bedlam, author and teller of tales, will have a tent for book signing and will have his very own parrot ... Sam,” Wright said.There also will be swordplay, black powder weapons demonstrations, spontaneous outbursts of song, treasure hunts and crafts.The pirates made their first appearance at the museum in 2012 as part of the celebration of Andrew Jackson’s birthday. They were so well received that the museum asked them to come back. Their presence recognizes the interesting and unique connection between Andrew Jackson and the pirate Jean Lafitte. The online version of The Encyclopedia Britannica describes Lafitte as “a privateer and smuggler who interrupted his illicit adventures to fight heroically for the United States in defense of New Orleans in the War of 1812.”I also learned there that “the British during the War of 1812 offered Laffite $30,000 and a captaincy in the Royal Navy ... Laffite pretended to cooperate, then warned Louisiana officials of New Orleans’ peril. Instead of believing him, Gov. W.C.C. Claiborne summoned the U.S. Army and Navy. ... Some of Laffite’s ships were captured, but his business was not destroyed. Still protesting his loyalty to the U.S., Laffite next offered aid to the hard-pressed forces of Gen. Andrew Jackson in defense of New Orleans if he and his men could be granted a full pardon. Jackson accepted, and in the Battle of New Orleans the Baratarians, as Laffite and his men came to be known, fought with distinction. Jackson personally commended Laffite as ‘one of the ablest men’ of the battle. ... ”The museum also is offering a History Adventure Camp for children ages 7-13, 9 a.m.-noon, June 17-24. For more information or to register, go to www.museumofthewaxhaws.org or call 704-843-1832.Art League ExhibitWaxhaw Arts Council Secretary and Treasurer Lambeth Marshall said this month, an exhibit of art by 20 high school junior and senior members of the Junior Arts League, which is sponsored by the Waxhaw Arts Council, will be on display in the gallery window at Maxwell’s Tavern on south Main Street.Marshall also said The Waxhaw Arts Council is now officially a nonprofit. The organization is “fulfilling their mission by mentoring this group of western Union County junior high and high school students who are interested in the visual arts and giving back to the community,” she said.The Waxhaw Arts Council members have volunteered monthly for classes to help the students with pastel painting, silk painting and fused glass with clay, Marshall said.“The students have also had instruction on the business of becoming an artist and the responsibility of giving back to the community through community service in the arts,” she said.Everyone who attended Waxhaw’s SpringFest and Juried Kaleidoscope Art Show could see how The Waxhaw Arts Council, along with the students, contributed to exhibits and demonstrations. The Waxhaw Arts Council’s purpose is to educate and bring awareness of the visual arts in the Waxhaw community for both adults and kids.When it comes to giving back while pursuing passion for the arts, the Waxhaw Arts Council is certainly providing an example to the students it instructs. Marshall said more classes would be added to the core instructional program in the fall.For more information go to www.Waxhaw.Arts.wordpress.com or visit them on Facebook page at www.facebook.com/waxhaw.artscouncil.
Friday, Jun. 07, 2013
Brethren of Caroline pirates to return to Waxhaw
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