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Norwalk Seaport Association's Annual Pirate Weekend

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Norwalk, CT | Added on July 27, 2014 At 02:28 PM

"It's Pirates Weekend!" exclaimed three year old Miles, who was dressed for the occasion.

Pirates have taken over Sheffield Island and by the looks of their flag, they're planning to stay.

A short ferry ride from the Sheffield Island dock, adjacent to the Stroffolino Bridge, brings you to Sheffield Island for Pirates Weekend, where landlubbers can battle a pirate or take a tour of the historic Sheffield Island Lighthouse.

"We've been doing this for about 4 years now. We used to do an event called Christmas in July and that ran its course. Now we are doing the pirates and the kids really enjoy it." said Mark Schlegal, manger of Sheffield Island.

Valerie Trowbridge portrays Pansey Faye for the weekend. "It's amazing and the island has a lot of history. It was actually used from rum running back in prohibition time. People would come from Long Island and drop off their gear on this island and the other Norwalk islands. Then people would come from Norwalk, Stamford and Darien and pick it up."

Sponsored by the Norwalk Seaport Association, the trip give visitors a glimpse into the life of a pirate and the opportunity to learn about the islands history.

"Swimming, taking tours of the lighthouse and looking and the ruins of a building that caught on fire," said Audrey who came on the trip with her dad.

We are going to read books about pirates," said young Miles.

Miles' mom Katherine Kim, brought her son to the event to bring his books to life. "It's all about getting the experience of a book. So he's dressed up as a pirate, we're playing pirate, we're meeting pirates and we're reading and learning about pirates. It's a full on experience for him and he loves it."

And the pirates say the best part about the weekend isn't the stolen treasure.

"I think there are a lot of big kids out there who like to come out and they won't admit it but you can see the smiles on their faces that they love it as much as the little ones do," said pirate Rachelle Hayes.

The last pirate weekend of the summer will take place August 2nd and August 3rd. For more information, visit

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